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Bond 25
Directed byCary Joji Fukunaga
Produced by
  • Michael G. Wilson
  • Barbara Broccoli
Screenplay byScott Z. Burns
Story byNeal Purvis
Robert Wade
Based onJames Bond
by Ian Fleming
StarringDaniel Craig
Léa Seydoux
Ben Whishaw
Naomie Harris
Ralph Fiennes
CinematographyLinus Sandgren
Edited byElliot Graham
Eon Productions
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Releasing
(United States)
Universal Pictures (International)
Release date
  • 8 April 2020 (2020-04-08)
CountryUnited Kingdom

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Bond 25 is an upcoming film in the James Bond series, produced by Eon Productions and scheduled for release in 8 April 2020. It will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, and will be Daniel Craig's fifth performance as James Bond.


  • Daniel Craig as James Bond
  • Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann
  • Ben Whishaw as Q
  • Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny
  • Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory / M



Initial development for the film began in Spring 2016. Sam Mendes stated early on that he was not intending to return as director, after the success of his previous two Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre.[1][2] Since Sony Pictures' contract to co-produce the James Bond films with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Eon Productions expired with the release of Spectre, another major film studio was expected to land the distribution rights to release Bond 25 in theatres.

In July 2016, producer Barbara Broccoli suggested Bond 25 would likely release in 2018 depending on how long the distribution problems took to solve. The producers also suggested that Daniel Craig's return as Bond could make for a release date in late 2017, though by the start of 2018 no director had entered the project and a script had not yet been written.[3] In February 2018, Danny Boyle was established as a frontrunner for the directing position, and longtime favourite Christopher Nolan ruled himself out to direct.[4][5] Boyle's pitch to producers Broccoli and Wilson resulted in John Hodge penning a screenplay based on the idea.[6] Boyle reportedly said pass on the directing job initially,[7] but next month announced he and Hodge were working on the script and announced their hopes to begin filming by the end of the year.[8] However, in August 2018, Boyle left the film due to creative differences,[9] and the film’s release date became contingent on whether they could replace Boyle with a suitable director within 60 days. A spokeswoman for John Hodge confirmed that he also was no longer involved. With Boyle's departure, Jean-Marc Vallée, Edgar Wright, David Mackenzie and Yann Demange were subsequently named as contenders for the director position.[10]

In September, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were brought in to rework the script.[11] Cary Joji Fukunaga was announced as the new director later that month via the official James Bond Twitter account.[12] He became the first American person in the history of the James Bond series to direct an official Eon Productions film.[13] Along with the announcement of Fukunaga being director, 4 March 2019 was named as the date when filming was due to begin at Pinewood Studios and the release date for the film was pushed from 8 November 2019 to 14 February 2020. Linus Sandgren was hired as cinematographer in December 2018[14] and Scott Z. Burns was brought on to work on the screenplay in February 2019.[15] Later the same month, film industry magazine Production Weekly had an entry in its newsletter stating that Bond 25 was being produced under the working title of 'Shatterhand',[16][17] a Blofeld alias used in the previous Bond film You Only Live Twice.[18]


Bond 25 was speculated to likely be Daniel Craig's final outing as Bond as he stated that he would "rather slash his wrists" than reprise his role as Bond again, in a comment that caused controversy.[19] His possible successors at the time included actors Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch. In May 2016, it was reported on several websites and news platforms that Craig had received a $100 million offer from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to reprise his role of Bond in two more films, but turned it down, suggesting that Spectre would likely be his final Bond film.[20] A Los Angeles film source told The Daily Mail that Craig was "simply done" with the role according to what he told the boss of MGM. As soon as Craig reportedly resigned his role as Bond, the reports stated that Hiddleston was one of the first replacements succeeding Craig.[21][22] However, in October 2016 Craig confirmed that he would return as Bond, saying "I've got the best job in the world doing Bond. The things I get to do on a Bond movie and the type of work it is, there’s no other job like it." He denied that $150 million was offered to him for the next two Bond installments.[23] He stated that the fact he had not made any decisions on returning to the role in the past was because his focus on other projects such as Logan Lucky.[24][25] In July 2018, Craig travelled to the United States to visit the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and to find out more about how the intelligence agency operates. The CIA said, “Mr Craig met with our leadership and workforce, who explained that real-life espionage is a lot more ‘cloak’ and a lot less ‘dagger’ than presented in the entertainment world of spy v spy.”[18]

Christoph Waltz at first signed on for two more films in the series, but his return reportedly depended on whether or not Craig would again portray Bond.[26] In October 2017, despite Craig's definitive casting as Bond, Waltz announced that he would not return as Blofeld.[27] In June 2018, Angelina Jolie and Helena Bonham Carter were named as other candidates for the villain role in the film.[28] A leaked casting sheet revealed the villain described as a “cold and charismatic Russian”.[29] In December 2018, Fukunaga revealed in an interview that Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes would all be reprising their roles in the film, with Fukunaga not ruling out a possible return from Waltz's Blofeld.[30] Rami Malek was announced as being in consideration for the villain role.[31]

By February 2019, Malek was reported to be in final negotiations for the villain role, with Billy Magnussen and Lupita Nyong'o being sought for roles in the film.[32][33]


Production was scheduled to begin on 3 December 2018 in Pinewood Studios,[34] but with the departure of Boyle as director, filming was soon delayed. It is now expected to begin on 6 April 2019.[35][36]

Filming locations will include Matera, Italy, Jamaica and Norway in addition to Pinewood Studios.[37]


Bond 25 was scheduled to be released on 14 February 2020, but was pushed back two months to 8 April.[38][39]

See also[edit]

  • Production of the James Bond films
  • List of James Bond films
  • James Bond filmography
  • Outline of James Bond

Notes and references[edit]

  1. "Director Sam Mendes Won't Be Back For Bond 25". Slashfilm. 2015-11-09. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  2. "Daniel Craig Back For Spectre's Sequel? Here's What The Producers Say". www.cinemablend.com. 2015-12-01. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  3. "The new James Bond movie might not hit theaters until 2018". Business Insider. 2016-07-22. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  4. Kroll, Justin; Kroll, Justin (2018-02-21). "Bond 25: Danny Boyle High on MGM's List to Direct (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  5. Chavez, Danette. "Christopher Nolan says he's definitely not directing Bond 25". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  6. "John Hodge penning Bond 25 script for Danny Boyle". Flickering Myth. 2018-02-22. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  7. "Danny Boyle, Richard Curtis Team for Universal Comedy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  8. "Danny Boyle Says He's Tackling James Bond 25". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  9. "Director Danny Boyle Exits Next James Bond Film". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  10. Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (2018-08-23). "Bond 25 Hasn't Moved Off 2019 Release Date…Yet". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  11. Pulver, Andrew (2018-09-14). "Veteran 007 writers Purvis and Wade rehired to salvage Bond 25". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  12. Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (2018-09-20). "'Bond 25' Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  13. "Cary Joji Fukunaga to make history as first American James Bond director". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  14. Bond 25: Cary Fukunaga Recruits Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-Winning Cinematographer
  15. Scott Z. Burns To Rewrite ‘Bond 25’
  16. prodweek (2019-02-21). "Production Weekly – Issue 1132 – Thursday, February 21, 2019 / 192 Listings – 43 Pages". Production Weekly. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  17. "Next Bond film's working title revealed?". 2019-02-22. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Pulver, Andrew (2018-07-06). "Daniel Craig visits CIA in run-up to shooting new James Bond film". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  19. Walker, Peter; Groves, Nancy (2015-10-08). "Daniel Craig: I'd rather slash my wrists than play James Bond again". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  20. "Daniel Craig 'rejects £68m Bond offer'". www.cambridgetimes.ca. 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  21. Boyle, Danny (2016-05-19). "Daniel Craig is 'done' playing James Bond - but will Tom Hiddleston be the next 007?". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  22. Ahmed, Tufayel (2016-05-19). "JAMES BOND: DANIEL CRAIG OUT, TOM HIDDLESTON IN?". Newsweek. Retrieved 2016-05-22.
  23. Shoard, Catherine (2016-10-10). "Daniel Craig hints at James Bond return: 'If I can keep getting a kick out of it, I will'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  24. Colbert, Source: The Late Show with Stephen (2017-08-16). "Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond – video". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  25. Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (2017-08-16). "Daniel Craig confirms he will play James Bond again". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  26. Allen, By Eric Van (2016-01-04). "Christoph Waltz Might Return to Bond Twice If Daniel Craig Will". IGN. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  27. "Christoph Waltz Isn't Returning for Bond 25". Screen Rant. 2017-10-28. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  28. James Bond producers want Helena Bonham Carter to play a villain
  29. Pulver, Andrew (2018-07-20). "Next James Bond villain to be 'cold and charismatic' Russian". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  30. Nicholson, Tom (2018-12-07). "Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes And The Gang Will Return For Bond 25". Esquire. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  31. Kroll, Justin; Kroll, Justin (2018-12-07). "Bond 25: Lea Seydoux Returning to Franchise". Variety. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  32. Kroll, Justin; Kroll, Justin (2019-02-27). "'Bond 25' Casting Gears Up as Production Nears Spring Start". Variety. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  33. Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (2019-02-28). "Lupita Nyong'o Atop Bond Girl Shortlist As Rami Malek Making Deal For 007 Villain". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  34. Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (2018-05-25). "James Bond 25 Sets Distribution: Universal Wins International, MGM Releases Domestic Through Annapurna Joint Venture". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  35. Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (2018-09-20). "'Bond 25' Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  36. "Next Bond film's working title revealed?". 2019-02-22. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  37. "'Bond 25' Will Be Filming in Matera, Italy in Late July; Other Locations Include Norway, Jamaica, & U.K." GWW. 2019-03-09. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  38. Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (2018-09-20). "'Bond 25' Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  39. D'Alessandro, Anthony; D'Alessandro, Anthony (2019-02-15). "'Bond 25' Looks To Shake Up Easter 2020". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-03-25.

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