‘Bond 25’ Finally Gets a Title (and a New Teaser) — Welcome Back, 007!
By the time Bond 25 reaches theaters, it will be almost five years since 007’s last film — one of the biggest gaps in the movie franchise’s history. The series, which began way back in 1962, will return in 2020 with Daniel Craig back as James Bond, renewing the spy’s license to kill for the fifth and final time in the character’s 25th big-screen adventure, which has finally been given a title: No Time to Die.
Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, 007 in… NO TIME TO DIE. Out in the UK on 3 April 2020 and 8 April 2020 in the US. #Bond25 #NoTimeToDie pic.twitter.com/qxYEnMhk2s
— James Bond (@007) August 20, 2019
While the majority of the film’s plot is being kept under wraps, producer Barbara Broccoli, in a Twitter event, reveals this about the movie: “Bond is not on active service when we start the film, so he is actually enjoying himself in Jamaica. We consider Jamaica Bond’s spiritual home. So he starts his journey here. We’ve got quite a ride in store for Mr. Bond.”
No doubt part of the excitement will come from Rami Malek, who will be playing the newest Bond villain. The Mr. Robot actor, fresh off an Academy Award win for Bohemian Rhapsody earlier this year, offered up the following message.
A word about #BOND25 from Rami Malek pic.twitter.com/CLJ5mpO9mu
— James Bond (@007) April 25, 2019
According to Daily Mail, “One plot being considered involves Craig’s aging Bond retired and now living in Jamaica — the island where 007 author Ian Fleming had his Goldeneye retreat. The 007 number has been taken up by a new agent — a woman — who embarks on a mission, which forces Bond to come out of retirement.”
In addition to Craig, the cast around him includes Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann, a psychiatrist who made her debut in the previous movie, Spectre. At the conclusion, it seemed as though she had captured Bond’s heart as the two of them drove off, giving the impression that 007 gave up the spy life for love. Of course, the last time that happened in the world of Bond, the results were tragic (see 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which starred one-time 007 George Lazenby).
Ralph Fiennes is back as M in #BOND25 pic.twitter.com/wLypXMAQ9A
— James Bond (@007) April 25, 2019
Other returning cast members are Ralph Fiennes as Bond’s superior, “M”; Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny; Ben Whishaw as the arms master, “Q”; Rory Kinnear as MI6’s Bill Tanner; and Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as CIA agent Felix Leiter, who is a most welcome presence. Newbies to the franchise (whose roles have not been designated as of yet) are Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch and Ana De Armas. There have also been rumblings that Christoph Waltz will be reprising his Spectre role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Directing is Cary Joji Fukunaga (HBO’s True Detective, Beasts of No Nation), with a script that has gone through the hands of veteran Bond writing team Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
The series is famous for shooting all over the world, and Bond 25‘s locations — aside from Jamaica — include Norway, Pinewood Studios in London and, according to Fukunaga, “a little hilltop town in Italy called Matera.”
When asked about Bond’s enduring nature, producer Michael G. Wilson comments, “We’ve tried to stay true to the character that Fleming created. I know that Daniel from time to time goes and reads the books for inspiration, and I think it’s because we do update the stories and we do update the plots, but we do stay very true to the character.”
Bond 25 will be released on April 8, 2020.
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