MGM fired on all cylinders on Thursday for the official live reveal of the next Bond adventure currently due for next year. The reveal took place at GoldenEye, 007 author Ian Fleming’s Jamaican villa with producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and director Cary Fukanaga on hand discussing the franchise, its origins, influence and overall importance.
Sam Mendes last directed the 2012 and 2015 installments proceeding the work of Martin Campbell and Marc Forster following the 2006 reboot with a reinterpretation of ’67 Bond classic, Casino Royale. Craig, who is the seventh among the extended number of principal multi-media players who’ve portrayed the character in its history, confirmed his return for the next venture back in August with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade scripting, and Broccoli joined by Michael G. Wilson producing.
Say what you will about this one, but only actor Daniel Craig could answer why he waited this long to confirm what the NY Times reported last month on the actor’s return to the title role for EON Productions’s new 007 film. Alas, Craig, who stars this Friday in Steve Soderbergh’s heist comedy, Logan Lucky, took to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to share the good news with fans, marking his own fifth reprisal for the 25 installation of the franchise character.
Bond franchise scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are penning the script with Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli producing for the film’s November 2019 release in the U.K. and subsequently in the U.S. and worldwide to follow. Further crewing and casting news remains pending on who will join Craig follwing Spectre (2015) which raked in over $880 million dollars at the box office, just shy of the $1.1 billion dollars raked in by its predecessor, Skyfall (2012) – both directed by Sam Mendes.
News and headlines regarding the development of a new 007 movie have been pretty eventful. Damage control took a bit of effort before actor Daniel Craig eased back and switched gears toward reprising the title superspy character of James Bond after four films and other updates as of late are starting to make things seem optimistic.
That all comes in the wake of talk and hype over a possible female take on the character and as things stand, nothing is solid just yet in terms of casting. Of course, Craig may very well have nabbed the role once more for fifth film but we won’t know for sure until the announcement is made, although what is being made official are as follows:
James Bond will return to US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a traditional earlier release in the UK and the rest of the world. Bond 25 will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The film’s cast, director and distributor will be announced at a later date.
Craig led the previous action-packed spectacle, Spectre in 2015 which brought in over $880 million dollars at the box office – just shy of the $1.1 billion dollars raked in by its predecessor, Skyfall.
Craig appears in Steve Soderbergh’s crime comedy, Logan Lucky, on August 18. Wilson and Broccoli are also involved in Blake Lively spy actioner, The Rhythm Section, with IM Global and EON Productions and is already in pre-production before cameras roll later this year.
I’ll be sure to post my own opinions on the most recent 007 film, Spectre, at another time. Meanwhile, Eon Productions is looking forward to another installment and when we last heard on the matter from the franchise’s current star, Daniel Craig, his participation was noted as somewhat negotiable and maybe even missing the role in its absence, his prior sentiments notwithstanding – slit wrists and such.
At any rate, it’s been reported in a piece over at Daily Mail, forwarded by Variety, that the new film may hopefully have its writers aboard in Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The two have written five Bond films prior to Spectre, including The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day with Pierce Brosnan starring, Craig’s debut in the BAFTA-nominated Casino Royale, and follow-ups Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall.
Granted, neither writer are confirmed at the moment as the continuation of the film series here may be slow to pass. That may be due in part to creative measures and the increase of stakes out title hero faces, and Wade offered some perspective in that regard.
“I’m just not sure how you would go about writing a James Bond film now,” he says. “Each time, you’ve got to say something about Bond’s place in the world, which is Britain’s place in the world. But things are moving so quickly now, that becomes tricky. With people like Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality. So when they do another one, it will be interesting to see how they deal with the fact that the world has become a fantasy.”
Certainly the Bond films serve as enhanced spy fantasy and spectacle, but that doesn’t shirk the importance of setting the backdrop appropriately with a villain that lends more to the screen than just more of the same. Trump, indeed, the current president of the United States, has become and continues to be cannon fodder whilst narrowing the gap some, equally serving as a comparison tool among critics which leads one to wonder how the next Bond villain will top that of the last one…
…which reminds me, again, I still need to see Spectre. That said, in lieu of the current state of governance and policy in the U.S. and U.K. and abroad, I’m sure there’s plenty of political malfeasance to mull over with ample means to designate Bond’s place in the world. And, moreover, I’m positive this is doable whether the tirle role be taken by another male or for a first, a female. Yes, I’ll take a female Bond if they can turn that page correctly.
Craig’s next role will be seen in Steven Soderburgh’s Logan Lucky this August.
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He also expressed optimism to return to the franchise, adding “I feel very honored to have been part of the Bond family”, the director said, “and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again sometime in the future.”.