EON has announced some new details for James Bond 25. Unfortunately, there’s still no official title, so that announcement is still down the line.
The announcement was made in Goldeneye, Jamaica, the location where Ian Fleming wrote all the James Bond novels. Scott Z. Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are going to be credited screenwriters along with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Bond is not on active service when the film begins, so he’s enjoying himself when he’s in Jamaica where they’re shooting on location. They’ve already shot in Norway, they’ll be going to Matera, Italy, and they’ll also be shooting at Pinewood in England. Here’s the official synopsis:
Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
The official cast will include Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris, Rory Kinnear, and Jeffrey Wright. New faces will include Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, Ana De Armas, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, and Rami Malek. So it looks like they’ll be leaving Blofeld behind since they’d probably announce Christoph Waltz as a returning character if they had him. However, a brief video message from Rami Malek (who couldn’t be in Jamaica due to being in production in New York) pretty much confirmed that he would be the villain for the 25th Bond movie.
There were then a few softball questions that were pretty much, “What’s it like to be in Bond 25? Are you excited to be in Bond 25?” And for Fukunaga wants to make sure that they up the ante and to make things difficult for the next director to clear the bar.
While it’s a bit of a bummer that they didn’t announce a title, it’s not like anyone will be confused when you mention “Bond 25”. Personally, I’m excited that they’ve got Burns and Waller-Bridge working on the screenplay since I think the biggest differences between the good Bond movies and the forgettable ones have been the scripts. You can hit all the standard Bond beats, but if you can’t remix them into something more exciting, it doesn’t really matter.
Bond 25 opens April 8, 2020.