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Bond 25 will be the 25th film in the James Bond film series, likely issued sometime in 2018 or later. Daniel Craig is under contract to return as James Bond but could resign if mutually agreed between himself and the film's producers.

In April 2017 Daniel Craig mentioned he was open to returning for a final Bond film.[1]

Background

Pre-production on Bond 25 has reportedly started with Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli producing the film. EON Productions, MGM and Sony/Columbia Pictures will be producing the film. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be distributing the film on home video on behalf of Metro Goldwyn Mayer as Sony's main studio partner and once had a stake in MGM.

Rumors

After the critical and box office successes of Skyfall and Spectre Hollywood went into a flurry of rumours for Bond’s next outing Bond 25.

Cast & Characters

Daniel Craig is signed on to star in Bond 25 but the actor has publicly stated that he would step down from the franchise if he felt he would be too old to play the character and he was too exhausted after 8 months of filming Spectre (which included an on-set injury). Many fans have made suggestions about who could take on the role if Craig leaves, the list of names include Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy, Damian Lewis, Henry Cavill, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Aidan Turner, Theo James, Charlie Hunnam, James Norton, Luke Evans and Chris Hemsworth.

In April 2017 Daniel Craig mentioned he was open to returning for a final Bond film.[2]

It is also likely that Naomie Harris will reprise her role as Miss Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner.

Jeffrey Wright could reprise his role as Felix Leiter from Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace.

Christoph Waltz has stated that he would like to reprise his role as Ernst Stavro Blofeld two more times if Daniel Craig returns.[3] If the film continues from Spectre's plot, Lea Seydoux could possibly return for her role as Madeleine Swann and same for Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra and David Bautista as Mr. Hinx.

Crew

In April 2017 Barbara Broccoli mentioned that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade had drafted Bond 25 and were ready to write a script.[4]

Release date

The film will likely be released in October or November, given the history of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. In July of 2016 Barbara Broccoli mentioned Bond 25 would likely release in 2018.[5] On Jun 9th 2017, the film is said to release on 2019 if shooting begins next year. [6]

Distribution

As of June 2nd, Sony Pictures could lose distribution rights to the Bond films. If such an event occurs, distribution would be handed over to another studio after the release of Spectre; including Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, and 20th Century Fox.[7]

According to a blog website, it was reported that Disney; best known for being the media empire for over 90 years; could handle distribution rights to the James Bond films due to the box office success of Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.[8] however, it depends on how the deal works in order to out-bid Warner Bros and others.[9] A new report from Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson; it is getting closer that the company itself should buy the Bond franchise after rumours spread over the past few months but this time to keep it away for the competition to get one step further ahead.[10]

It was originally reported in June 2015 that Warner Bros may be the new distributor of the James Bond franchise.[11] However, this perhaps will not work out following the disappointed box office drop of Batman V Superman: Dawn for Justice,[12] but a later Forbes report in June 2016 stated that WB wouldn't give up and would be the most likely studio to secure the Bond rights, partially due to a strong friendship between MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber and WB chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara.[13] However, it has been once again reconsidered due to publicity troubles with DC films as of August 2016.[citation needed] But there are now, as of 21 April 2017, six studios in a bid to get the 007 distribution rights; with Annapurna added to the bidding war instead of Paramount.[14]

References

  1. 4/4/17 — TheSun.com — James Bond star Daniel Craig is ‘ready to do a final Bond’ after being persuaded by producer Barbara Broccoli
  2. 4/4/17 — TheSun.com — James Bond star Daniel Craig is ‘ready to do a final Bond’ after being persuaded by producer Barbara Broccoli
  3. http://www.designntrend.com/articles/67740/20160105/spectre-bond-24-christoph-waltz-will-2-more-007-films-daniel-craig.htm
  4. 4/4/17 — TheSun.com — James Bond star Daniel Craig is ‘ready to do a final Bond’ after being persuaded by producer Barbara Broccoli
  5. http://www.businessinsider.com/new-james-bond-movie-might-be-delayed-until-2018-2016-7
  6. http://screenrant.com/daniel-craig-return-james-bond-25/
  7. http://deadline.com/2015/10/daniel-craig-james-bond-sony-warner-bros-mgm-daniel-craig-1201528241/
  8. What’s next for Disney? (Part 1)
  9. What's next for Disney? (Part 2)
  10. [http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2016/07/21/disney-should-grab-the-james-bond-series-to-keep-it-away-from-the-competition/#7f6b256536b4 ]
  11. James Bond Distribution Rights Coming Up For Grabs (EXCLUSIVE)
  12. James Bond distribution rights (UPDATE): Has Warner Bros drop the Bond bid?
  13. Hughes, Mark. "How James Bond Could Head To Warner Bros With Christopher Nolan", Forbes, June 10, 2016. Retrieved on 2016-06-29. 
  14. [1]

Start a Discussion Discussions about Bond 25

  • the titles for the next 5 James Bond films

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  • Potential replacements for Waltz

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    • I think Blofeld will kill Bond. That would be original.
    • No I am 100% sure that won't happen. I think James Bond will be still popular for a long time.

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