James Bond 007 will return… and be played by Daniel Craig no less. Here is everything to know about James Bond 25.
The 25th 007 film is imminent, and the movie will offer more than one reason to start pouring the martinis. Against much speculation—including by himself—Daniel Craig is returning to the role of James Bond 007 one last time. And while the tuxedo and more than a few deadly quips will definitely be present, Eon Productions is as secretive about all other details for James Bond 25 as Q-Lab is while testing their latest gizmos.
Still, there are hints to be found and enjoyed about the upcoming film, which we have assembled below.
Daniel Craig Will Star in James Bond 25
Perhaps the most well-known, yet still relieving, aspect of the next Bond movie is that it will star one of the most popular Bonds ever, Daniel Craig. This is fairly impressive considering Craig said during the promotional tour for Spectre that he would “rather slash my wrists” than think about playing 007 again. He also added, “If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”
So it was both joyous for the fans that Craig and Eon announced the actor would appear for a fifth and final time as James Bond… but intriguing given his earlier proclamations. Craig went on Stephen Colbert’s late night show to perform his mea culpa and take his lumps for earlier remarks. But a confirmation is still a confirmation, Mr. Bond.
James Bond 25 Cast and Crew
While there is no confirmation in terms of casting beyond Daniel Craig as 007, it is expected and highly likely that Naomie Harris will return as Eve Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes will continue portraying the new M, and Ben Whishaw will once again reprise his role as a young Q for the third time. We also hope Rory Kinnear comes back as Bill Tanner.
However, it was expected that James Bond 25 would in some way continue the story begun by Spectre, especially as Christoph Waltz expressed interest in reprising his role of Ernst Blofeld if Craig returned. Indeed, the ending of Spectre seemed to suggest the filmmakers were interested in revisiting major plot points of the underrated On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which saw Bond battle Blofeld and marry the daughter of a man involved in espionage, just as in the rebooted series Craig retires from MI6 with Léa Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann, who is depicted as the daughter of a dead spy, after battling Blofeld in Spectre.
But that doesn’t appear to be the direction of the film, as Waltz told Talky Movie, an Italian movie website, that he will not be reprising the role of Blofeld in Craig’s fifth bond movie.
“No, I’m sorry,” Waltz said about doing the next Bond movie. “I’m really sad, but that’s the tradition, that there is a new… name. Sorry, I would’ve liked to.” This makes it appear that the Bond producers are pursuing a new villain for the next movie, leaving the expectation of Waltz and perhaps Sedyoux’s returns in doubt.
James Bond 25 is being written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have contributed to the screenplays of every Bond movie since 1999’s The World is Not Enough.
While longtime series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson haven’t settled on a director, we know that they approached Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049), who was very tempted by the project, but declined due to a prior commitment to a forthcoming Dune remake.
James Bond 25 Release Date
007 will renew his license to kill when the 25th Bond movies opens on Nov. 8, 2019 in the United States.
James Bond 25 Distribution
It is still unclear who will be distributing the next Bond movie, because Sony Pictures–who has distributed the last four Bond films, all of which starred Craig–has seen their four-picture deal conclude with MGM and Eon Productions. For context, MGM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010 and is no longer a film distributor, despite having been attached to the Bond films since 1983’s Octopussy, distributing all of the Bond films since then until 2002’s Die Another Day.
With the conclusion of the Sony deal, producers at MGM and Eon have shopped around the next Bond movie for a one-movie deal, starting a potential bidding war between the likes of Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, and Universal Pictures. However, as per Deadline, Annapurna Pictures is close to partnering with MGM for a longer standing distribution deal, giving them the domestic distribution rights to James Bond 25. Annapurna Pictures is a smaller studio that has crossed over into distribution in 2017 with the releases of Detroit and Phantom Thread.