Is Daniel Craig back for Bond 25? Everything we know about the next 007 movie

007 will return… on November 8 2019, according to a tweet put out by the James Bond Twitter account. But, they explain, this is only the US release date, and British cinemagoers can expect to be watching the spy’s 25th (or 24th official) adventure slightly earlier.Besides the release window, details are scarce. But here’s what we know so far:

Who is writing?

Along with the release date, we also know that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will be on script duty. The duo have been writing Bond films since 1999’s The World is Not Enough and oversaw the franchise’s transition from the excesses of the Brosnan era to the Jason Bourne-influenced grittiness of Daniel Craig’s tenure.

Purvis and Wade have also collaborated with John Logan and Jez Butterworth on the most recent Bond films, so it may not be too surprising if those playwrights get credited with revisions to the script.

Another question is tone: under the direction of Sam Mendes, Skyfall and Spectre attempted to embrace the vivacity (and occasionally the humour) of the Connery films. With Mendes confirmed not to be returning, the film may resume the full seriousness of Casino Royale.

What will the plot be? 

Good question. Speaking to The Telegraph in January, Purvis admitted that they had no idea how to tackle Bond in a post-Donald Trump world. “I’m just not sure how you would go about writing a James Bond film now,” the writer said. “Each time, you’ve got to say something about Bond’s place in the world, which is Britain’s place in the world. But things are moving so quickly now, that becomes tricky. With people like Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality. So when they do another one, it will be interesting to see how they deal with the fact that the world has become a fantasy.”

Will Daniel Craig return?

Of course, the script is only half the battle. The film’s overall feel will mainly depend on who plays Bond. Despite claiming in 2015 that he would rather “slit his wrists” than reprise the role, sources report that Eon Productions are very confident they can bring Craig back, and that all he needs to do is sign a contract; according to some reports, a deal has already been done. If that is the case, Craig won’t come cheap: it’s claimed that at one point he was offered $150 million to make two more Bonds. 

But even supposing that he is ready to play Bond again, it is likely that this will be Craig’s last time doing so. By 2019 he will have been in the role in films over a 13-year span, longer than any other Bond actor with the exception of Sean Connery’s one-off appearance in Never Say Never Again (1983). From a fresh blood perspective, this film would make sense as a sendoff to the Craig period.

What about the supporting cast?

It also follows then that the story of Craig’s Bond and recurring (or more appropriately, surviving) characters should be wrapped up neatly. The matter of which cast members are returning can tell us a lot about the story even in the absence of other knowledge.

Spectre (2015) revealed Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by Christoph Waltz, to be the “author” of all of Bond’s suffering from Casino Royale onwards. Though he was captured, it seems improbable that the producers would waste time and money introducing the franchise’s most famous villain, only to ignore him one movie later.

Waltz has admitted to feeling that he didn’t “nail” the character first time around, but his Blofeld spent most of the film concealing his identity, and doing very little in the way of world domination. Perhaps a more adventurous script (and a lot of money) will get him back for sure. 

The Craig films have also spent more time exploring Bond’s (seemingly doomed) romantic arcs, but so far no Bond girl has made it alive into the sequel. It appeared that this cycle had been broken by Spectre, when Bond escaped with Lea Seydoux’s character, the Vesper Lynd-substitute Madeleine Swann. In a world where no cinematic universe wants to be inattentive to female audiences (even the Bond films), it’s very probable that Seydoux will also make a return.

Additionally, it won’t be too much of a surprise if Ralph Fiennes’s M, Naomie Harris’s Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw’s Q are also assisting Bond. These interpretations of the characters are getting settled in and it makes little sense for them to be gone, especially when prior incumbents in those roles were long term Bond fixtures.

Where will it shoot? 

As is standard procedure on Bond films, at least one location for Bond 25 has apparently been found long before a word of the script has been typed. According to reports in February, the Croatian city of Dubrovnik has been in “advanced negotiations” to host the production. Dubrovnik is also used as a location in Game of Thrones.

Who will direct?

The director with the most momentum/wishcasting behind him is Christopher Nolan, who talks regularly about his love of the character and influence taken from the series. With Dunkirk released he would be expected to have his next film due in 2019/20, so it’s a window he could fall right into.

He has also admitted to talking to the Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who would surely be keen to draft him given the likely revenue and critical praise his attachment could attract. The only qualifier is how much creative control the producers are willing to give Nolan, who usually writes his own scripts, or collaborates with his brother Jonathan.

Danny Boyle is another well-known British director who may also be considered “due” the honour of directing one of the most well-known British franchises, and with Sam Mendes’s precedent, the series’s producers may have no problems delegating directing duties to another auteur filmmaker.

Or could it be Paul McGuigan, the Scottish director reportedly favoured by Wilson and Broccoli after they produced his forthcoming drama Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool?

Though Wilson and Broccoli prefer to hire British (or British connected) directors, they could also be tempted by Denis Villeneuve, the director of Sicario, Arrival and this year’s Blade Runner 2049, who has expressed interest himself.

Daniel Craig WILL stay on as James Bond and Adele is tipped to sing theme again

Daniel Craig has changed his mind and is set to sign up for his fifth Bond movie – with Adele lined up to join him.The actor, 48, claimed he would “rather slash my wrists” than play 007 again but his U-turn came after a host of British stars were tipped to replace him. The Wire star Idris Elba, Peaky Blinders’ Tom Hardy, Happy Valley villain James Norton and Poldark’s Aidan Turner were all contenders.

But Bond producer Barbara Broccoli is said to have secured Craig – and we can reveal she is “determined” that superstar singer Adele will record the theme tune.
Although Adele had to cancel the final two shows of her world tour because of damaged vocal chords, Barbara is said to be “talking the singer round”.

She believes “Bond25” can start filming next year and will be a sure fire hit.

A source involved in the project said: “Craig and Adele together are the winning team, the ultimate choice, the money spinners. It’s taken time but Daniel has come round and the strong con–sensus in the Bond offices is that Mr Craig is 007 again. As for Adele, she’s more of an unknown quantity but loved being part of Bond, so the signs are positive.” The insider said Craig’s actress wife Rachel Weisz, 47, is “on board with the decision” for him to spend a year away filming.

Craig claimed in 2015 that if he did play the spy again “it would be for the money.” He was said to have been offered up to £120million for two more films. Skyfall and Spectre scriptwriter John Logan is also said to be involved in the project.

A Bientot…: Reflections on life

In this warm and engaging book, Sir Roger Moore looks back on a life truly well lived. Nostalgic, funny, and charming, his reflections encompass all aspects of the universal human condition. From childhood reminisces and ‘what might have been’ to keeping abreast of the ever-changing times. From senior moments, memory and getting to grips with technology to the joys and frustrations travel, work and play. 

Along with all of this he tells of the intense happiness of family life and enduring friendships, as well as the deep sadness of losing those he has loved. Featuring his own line illustrations, this book is a portrait of Sir Roger at his most open and forthright. The true stories and situations he shares in this warm and intimate book reveal a ‘Bond Unbound’, the human being inside the legendary character that made him so famous the world over. Life afirming and beautifully captured this is a definitive homage to a remarkable man.

Charity screenings of Bond films to pay tribute to Sir Roger Moore

Sir Roger Moore is to be remembered with a series of special screenings of two of his James Bond titles.
Producers of the Bond films EON Productions, American film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) and film distributors Park Circus have announced that newly restored versions of The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only will be shown at select cinemas around the globe.

Sir Roger died in Switzerland on Tuesday at the age of 89 after a short battle with cancer.
Half of all the proceeds from the screenings will go to Unicef, the charity which Sir Roger supported over a number of years as a Goodwill Ambassador.

Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, of EON Productions, said: “In honour of Sir Roger Moore, we are delighted these Bond screenings will benefit Unicef, which was the charity closest to his heart.”
So far cinemas due to show the films from the end of May include those from the Odeon chain in the United Kingdom, AMC Theatres in the United States and Hoyts in Australia.

MGM chairman and chief executive officer Gary Barber said: “Sir Roger Moore left an indelible imprint on audiences worldwide. There is no better way to remember Roger’s legacy than bringing back his iconic performances as James Bond to cinemas across the world while aiding Unicef, the charity he steadfastly supported.”

James Bond: Sir Sean Connery remembers Sir Roger Moore with touching tribute

Sir Roger passed away on Tuesday at the age of 89, following a short battle with cancer.Tributes from fellow James Bond actors have poured in and now the original star himself has spoken out.

Sir Sean released a statement to Entertainment Weekly, fondly remembering his long friendship with his fellow knight.
It read: “I was very sad to hear of Roger’s passing.”
Sir Sean continued: “We had an unusually long relationship, by Hollywood standards, that was filled with jokes and laughter. I will miss him.”

Connery passed on the Bond baton to Moore in 1973 after starring in six 007 movies.
Meanwhile Pierce Brosnan called Sir Roger “magnificent” and Daniel Craig made reference to his 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me, writing “Nobody Does It Better.”