Mike Fleming Jr. of Deadline reports that three frontrunners have emerged as the potential director of Bond 25. Yann Demange (“’71”, “White Boy Rick”), Denis Villeneuve (“Blade Runner“, “Sicario”) and David Mackenzie (“Hell or High Wate”, “Young Adam”) are reported to have all had meetings with the producers.
Of the three, Justin Kroll from Variety reports that Yann Demange is the current favrourite, with Warner Bros. being the closest to landing the distribution deal.
Bond 25 was unexpectedly (for the most) announced yesterday evening on all the 007’s social media account. The press release was short and didn’t contain so many info, but we did a little digging and, based on speculations an common sense (that’s all we have at this point folks), we arrived at the following conclusions:
- Purvis and Wade will return as the screenwriters (ok this was quite simple): they will write a Bond movie for the seventh time. The started working on the francise at the end of two decades ago, on The World Is Not Enough and, even with ups and downs, they put the pens on all the screenplays from there to today.
- Craig is (almost certainly) set to return. Early this month rumors surfaced that, after the sadly too famous comment (I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists) when he was asked if he was going to wear the tuxedo one more time, Daniel Craig had set up his mind, and was going to sign at least for one more. Last night, also The New York Times broke the story that two internal sources confirmed the Liverpool-born actor was returning for his fifth outing as 007.
- All the “side cast” is returning: this assumption is based on the one above: if Craig is returning, he is doing it to close his story line in a big way, and he is going to have his squires beside him. Fiennes, Harris, Whishaw, Kinnear, Seydoux probably even Waltz and Bellucci will star in the movie.
- We most certainly won’t have a back to back story: every time a new Bond movie is announced, the story of a two-part movie to be shoot togheter starts spreading. We know that a Bond movie needs a long preparation time, a long shooting time, and a lot of efforts from all the parts involved. Maybe it needs way to much of all these things to have to movies properly shot as they should, and we know Broccoli and Wilson want to make this right
- Broccoli and Wilson are not ready to pass the baton. They are probably in the prime of their careers as producers. Their play, The Kid Stays in the Picture, based on Robert Evans book, is having a very good ride and it seems it is set to be brought to USA, they are set to produce a non-007 spy movie starring Blake Lively, The Rhythm Section, based on Mark Burnell’s novel.
- Nolan won’t be the director. As he stated multiple times,evend in the last days, he would love to do a Bond movie but, as for all his project, he has to have the complete control of the creation phase, something he doesn’t have today, with a storyline set, a decided actor, and an arc that is going to be closed. It’s far more probable we will see him directing Bond 26, with an actor he will decide (he stated Tom Hardy, on of his faithful stars, would be a perfect Bond, and we agree), a story he and his brother will write, and a decided number of movies (3 perhaps?) to be shot in a not so long time arc. the only possibility to see him on Bond 25, is that Broccoli and Wilson are giving him the possibility to close this cycle and open a new one with the next movies.
- We will have a new distributor. The deal with Sony expired with SPECTRE, so we can expect a very fierce auction to secure the rights to distribute the next installment. Annapuna and Warner Bros were rumored to be in the mix, and the latter would hint once more to a Nolan nod, since they distributed his movies, including the currently-in-theaters Dunkirk.
- We will have new cars, new watch, new suits, new gadgets. As we all know, every Bond movie is also a marketing opportunity. Every brand involved wants to maximize the commercial effort he makes to have the double 0 seven licence. So expect a lot of new merchandising to come out.
But most important of all, we know have a countdown running, we now are 836 days away from the next Bond movie!
Exciting times are coming!
Bond 25 was just announced, with a release set on the 8th of November 2019.
All the cast will be announced at a later date, but Purvis and Wade are set to return as screenwriters.
We are (almost) back guys!
The Mirror broke the story, Daniel Craig is set to return for another movie as the most beloved spy of Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
The British newspaper says to have sources inside the production affirming that Barbara Broccoli was able to secure the Liverpool actor at least for one more outing as James Bond, with Rachel Weisz, his wife, on board to have him away filming for one more year.
But news aren’t finished. It seems the powerful EON producer is pushing to recreate the combination Actor-Singer we had for Skyfall. She is positive to have British singer Adele to sing once again the title song.
You can find the complete Mirror article here
We will keep you informed as news come.
It has been reported by Baz Bamigboye on his twitter account (and in this Daily Mail article that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been hired to write once more a Bond film.
Bamigboye, Daily Mail columnist, is usually very reliable when it comes to Bond movies’ news.
He also adds that Daniel Craig has still not cleared his mind on wheter he will continue his tenure as Bond or not. In the same article, Bamigboye highlights that Daniel Craig, 49, seems to be more inclined to continue, at least one more time, as the most famous british spy.
Purvis and Wade inked six Bond movies, often with other authors, and are a well oiled couple when it comes to know how to write a Bond movie. There have been several rumors in the past of disagreements between the two and Bond production in the past, maybe the most famous one when John Logan was reportedly called to adjust the Skyfall script. But they were brought back in for the next installment, SPECTRE, when the screenplay wrote by Logan seemed in need to be fixed.
So here we are, first fresh news about Bond 25, and first hints of a possible late 2018 release, with a late 2017 start for the filming.
We will see what will go on.
Almost a year has passed since Mi6 first reported that Croatia was being considered as a possible filming location for Bond 25. Since then, little news on the development of Bond 25 has been made publicly available. Behind closed doors, however, it seems that things are moving along.
Speaking at a press conference about the filming of ‘Robin Hood: Origins’ in the city, the Mayor of Dubrovnik Andro Vlahušić told Portal Oko that “James Bond is in an advanced stage of negotiations.”
This is not the first time James Bond has visited Croatia. In 2015, Heineken used the Croatian town of Rovinj as the setting for their ‘SPECTRE’ promotional tie-in commercial ‘The Chase’. Daniel Craig, however, was not present in the city, with his scenes being filmed on green screen.
Following the news that Eon Productions have purchased a Bell UH-1D helicopter from the Luftfahrt Museum in Germany to be used in Bond 25, it seems that more details are falling into place, with the President of Omega – the official watch of James Bond – revealing that he will be meeting with Daniel Craig later this month.
Speaking to ‘The Australian‘ at the launch of their new flagship store in Martin Place, Omega president and chief executive Raynald Aeschlimann, was asked if “Daniel Craig will sport the Seamaster once more on-screen?”
“I’ll meet with him in two or three weeks, but I’m not the one to decide. (Bond producers) Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson have this incredible spirit about what they want.”
Something is finally happening.
As our friend at The Bond Bulletin are reporting, the Bond 25 production has bought an Helicopter Bell UH 1D from the Avation Museum in Wernigerode, in Germany.
It seems it will be used to film the new Bond movie.
Someone in the museum has also confirmed the helicopter should be flown to Heatrow today.
Also, the companies house seems to confirm that the production is going to release a statement in May.
So, after more than a year of no news, maybe we are going to have something soon.
Exciting times ahead.
We will keep you posted.
Only two days into 2016 and already the Bond 25 rumour mill is churning. ‘The Mirror‘ reports that Christoph Waltz has signed on for two more Bond films, but will only return as Bond’s arch nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld if Daniel Craig reprises the role of James Bond.
According to reports Bond bosses will only get Christoph if Daniel signs up for a fifth outing as the superspy.
“Christoph could make a brilliant ongoing man for Bond to battle like in the old days,” a source told the Daily Star.
“But the important clincher of it is that Blofeld can only work with Daniel back in the role to keep continuity.”
[…] Producer Michael G Wilson seemed to confirm they expect to have Craig for a fifth time, saying: “We think we’ve got him but we don’t have a contract.”
A Bond source said: “Daniel has been a huge success as 007 and is loved by fans so he isn’t going anywhere yet.
“The directors know they would be daft to replace him at a stage where he is so popular. It’s almost certain he will do one more outing as Bond.
According to The Mirror, insiders report that the “execs loved U.N.C.L.E., starring Henry Cavill and based on the TV series created by Bond writer Ian Fleming.” With a source adding that:
“Guy has had a run of box office successes but it was The Man From U.N.C.L.E that really caught the Bond producers’ eye. The film had many of the elements associated with 007. Guy created a world of espionage and action with a bit of comedy. He’s the frontrunner for the next Bond movie – for now.”
Sam Mendes who directed ‘Skyfall’ and ‘SPECTRE’ is on record as saying:
I said no to the last one and ended up doing it. I was pilloried by all my friends. I don’t think I could go down that road again. You have to put everything else on hold. Every idea I had for a Bond film, I’ve stuck in this one. The Bond bank is dry.”
Who would you like to see direct Bond25?