As predicted by … um, everyone — heck, even the puppies seemed to know —
it’s all but official; as reported by The Mirror, Daniel Craig is returning for Bond 25. Barbara Broccoli and Co. have, as well they should, apparently thrown all the money at the actor to keep him around a little bit longer. As noted in the piece, Craig’s pairing with Adele for Skyfall made more than enough buckets of money to toss a few extra wads of cash his and her way, and still leave plenty for Broccoli’s own pockets.
Honestly, this is a win-win all around. Whatever faults the scripts have had, Craig is a fantastic Bond, and we fans will all run back to the theater to see him again. Adele won an Academy Award, Grammy, Golden Globe, and a Brit Award with her gorgeous theme; who wouldn’t want more of her? With Hiddles out, Idris foolishly deemed too old, and we doubt Broccoli will ever bring on the woman we KNOW would make a fantastic Bond, there’s time enough to scour the world for the next generation 007.
Writers, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Spectre, Skyfall) are aboard, while Broccoli is still in discussions with Adele.
Bond 25 will begin filming next year.
*Update: The film will be released November 8, 2019 (slightly earlier across the pond), and the NYT confirms Craig’s “done deal”.
*Update: March 15, 2018
This might be one of the best Bond movies ever.
As announced by Danny Boyle himself, the director will helm 25 with a screenplay written by frequent collaborator, John Hodge (Trainspotting, T2, Shallow Grave, A Life Less Ordinary).
We are working on a script right now. And it all depends on that really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in 6 or 7 weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now.
We’ve got an idea, John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment. And it all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away.”
Let’s hope this pairing means we might see a certain other frequent Boyle partner in the movie.
*Update May 25, 2018
Here’s the official confirmation that Danny Boyle will direct.
We’ve been expecting you…
#Bond25, Daniel Craig’s 5th outing as 007, will be directed by Academy Award-winning Danny Boyle from an original screenplay by John Hodge. Production is set to begin on 3 Dec 2018. MGM will partner with Universal Pictures to release the film worldwide.”
Now please, hurry up and call Naomie Harris!