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Breaking! Danny Boyle to direct Bond 25!

After a lot of speculation, the rumors came to an end.

Baz Bamigboye, british movie industry insider, confirmed in a tweet that Danny Boyle will indeed direct Bod 25 starting later this year, with John Hodge, his long-time writing partner, to ink the screenplay.

We will give more news as they come

Here the tweet:

 

Bond 25: what we know (and what we expect)

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!

Christoph Waltz Will Return for Two More Bond Films, But ‘only if Daniel Craig does too’

Christoph Waltz in Spectre

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.

Is Daniel Craig returning after Spectre?

…we don’t know it.

But we can analyze some facts. (SPOILER AHEAD- Do not read if you have not seen SPECTRE)

Daniel Craig has just finished the promotion for his fourth outing as James Bond, Spectre. His words, when he was asked about returning after this film, are now infamously famous: “Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists” he answered, back in June, to the interviewer of Time Out magazine.

And these are the words all the newspapers of the world reported, speculating about the last outing of the Liverpool born actor as the most beloved agent of Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

What they accidentally forgot to mention, is the the answer Daniel gave to the next question the interviewer asked: You can find it here, along with the rest of the interview. You want to move on from Bond for good?
‘I haven’t given it any thought. For at least a year or two, I just don’t want to think about it. I don’t know what the next step is. I’ve no idea. Not because I’m trying to be cagey. Who the fuck knows? At the moment, we’ve done it. I’m not in discussion with anybody about anything. If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.’

It’s clear that the man that is talking it’s an exhausted one. As you could probably understand, at the time of the interview, he had just finished shooting, after more than a year around the world, Mexico, Austria, Italy, Tunisia, London. Away from New York, away from his family. This could suffice to cut off any discussion about a new film, but more that this, this wasn’t a normal movie, this was a Bond movie, and a tough one. As we all know, Craig does a lot of his stunts himself, and doing this, he has often injured himself while filming. This movie isn’t different, he broke his knee while shooting some fight scene, and was so dedicated that continued filming whit the pain, until he had some time to undergo surgery.

So, this could be why he gave that answer in the first place. But let’s go deeper than this, let’s analyze why he could and should stay.

  1. Craig’s Bond isn’t done. After rebooting the series in 2006, slowly a lot of classic elements of the saga were reintroduced. But, even after Spectre, there isn’t that climax that could make Craig enter in the Olympus of the spy movies.
  2. Craig is a producer in Spectre. If EON gives this kind of opportunity to the actor, is to make him understand he is still valuable to them and they still need him. I can imagine they gave up a significant amount of money to add him as producer.
  3. Waltz’ Blofeld isn’t done yet. I mean, come on, we waited 44 years and then he lasts only 20 minutes? No way. And no way they keep Blofeld withouth keeping Craig.
  4. EON thinks they have Craig, as Michael Wilson clearly says here.
  5. We absolutely a proper adaption of You only live twice. I mean, you could change Japan with wherever you want, change the castle with a laboratory, change the poisonous plants with terrible plutonium, but give us Irma Bunt, give us Shatterand, and give us a fantastic last outing of Craig as James Bond 007, than replace him.
  6. We have some little information, not verified, that in the end he is going to return.
  7. A new distributor, given the expiration of the contract with Sony, will want to start big, and they only be sure of it by keeping Craig.
  8. Craig doesn’t seem too convinced to leave

So, Craig must stay, and we need a new Bond before the end of the 2017. Tempus fugit, they say.

SPECTRE Cast and Crew Promotional Tour Schedule

Show: Seven News
Channel: Channel Seven (Australia)
Date: Friday, 23rd October, 2015
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Featuring: Daniel Craig and Mendes

Show: The Graham Norton Show
Channel: BBC One
Date: Friday, 23rd October, 2015
Time: 10:35PM
Featuring: Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Christoph Waltz and Sam Smith

Show: Annie Mac’s Friday Night
Channel: BBC Radio 1
Date: Thursday, 24th October, 2015
Time: 7:00PM
Featuring: Sam Smith

Show: C à Vous
Channel: TF1
Date: Wednesday, 30th October, 2015
Time: 7:00PM
Featuring: Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux and Christoph Waltz

Show: Le 20H
Channel: France 5
Date: Wednesday, 30th October, 2015
Time: 10:00PM
Featuring: Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux and Monica Belluci

Show: Live with Kelly & Michael
Channel: Syndicated (US)
Date: Tuesday, 3rd November, 2015
Time: (Check your local listings)
Featuring: Ralph Fiennes

Show: Jimmy Kimmel Live
Channel: ABC (US)
Date: Tuesday, 3rd November, 2015
Time: 11:35 / 10:35c
Featuring: Dave Bautista

Show: The Today Show
Channel: NBC (US)
Date: Wednesday, 4th November, 2015
Time: 7:00AM – 9:00AM
Featuring: Daniel Craig

Show: Times Talks with Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes
Date: Wednesday, 4th November, 2015
Time: 7:00PM
Location: The Auditorium at the New School at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

Show: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Channel: CBS (US)
Date: Wednesday, 4th November, 2015
Time: 11:35 / 10:35c
Featuring: Daniel Craig

Show: Late Night with Seth Meyers
Channel: NBC (US)
Date: Wednesday, 4th November, 2015
Time: 12:35 / 11:35c
Featuring: Ralph Fiennes

Show: The Today Show
Channel: NBC (US)
Date: Thursday, 5th November, 2015
Time: 7:00AM – 9:00AM
Featuring: Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci and Naomie Harris

Show: Live with Kelly & Michael
Channel: Syndicated (US)
Date: Thursday, 5th November, 2015
Time: (Check your local listings)
Featuring: Daniel Craig

Show: AOL Build
Channel:
Date: Thursday, 5th November, 2015
Time: 11:00AM
Featuring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux

Show: Late Night with Seth Meyers
Channel: NBC (US)
Date: Wednesday, 5th November, 2015
Time: 12:35 / 11:35c
Featuring: Daniel Craig

Show: The Today Show
Channel: NBC (US)
Date: Friday, 6th November, 2015
Time: 7:00AM – 9:00AM
Featuring: Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes

Show: Live with Kelly & Michael
Channel: Syndicated (US)
Date: Friday, 6th November, 2015
Time: (Check your local listings)
Featuring: Christoph Waltz

Show: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Channel: Syndicated (US)
Date: Friday, 6th November, 2015
Time: (Check your local listings)
Featuring: Sam Smith

Show: The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
Channel: NBC (US)
Date: Friday, 6th November, 2015
Time: 11:35 / 10:35c
Featuring: Christoph Waltz

Show: The Late Late Show with James Corden
Channel: CBS (US)
Date: Wednesday, 11th November, 2015
Time: 12:37 / 11:37c
Featuring: Christoph Waltz