Over a year and half since the release of Spectre in cinemas, the film industry still has no idea what’s going on with the next 007 movie.
‘James Bond will return’, fans were promised as usual at the end of the secret agent’s last adventure – but when?
The big hold up seems to be that nobody, including the actor himself, seems to know if Daniel Craig will be back for a fifth time.
Franchise boss Barbara Broccoli reportedly told friends last month that she has “no intention to wait for Craig to get off his a**e”, after the apparently turned down a two-film deal worth £68 million in 2016.
An LA source previously commented: “Daniel is done – pure and simple – he told top brass at MGM after Spectre. They threw huge amounts of money at him, but it just wasn’t what he wanted.”
If Craig doesn’t return, it’s not known whether Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear will reprise their roles as Miss Moneypenny, M, Q and Bill Tanner – or if the next movie will be a total reboot with an all new supporting cast.
Django Unchained star Christoph Waltz has stated that he’d like to return as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, but only if Daniel Craig is back.
Following the recent news earlier that Inception director Christopher Nolan’s production company Syncopy will be producing the 25th official Bond movie, there have been rumours that Nolan himself will be directing. Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes has confirmed that he definitely won’t be returning.
The Nolan rumours have also led to speculation that The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy could be stepping into Craig’s shoes as the new Bond.
Hardy has said: “Chris Nolan, what a fantastic director for a Bond movie. Because Daniel is so good, and what [Sam] Mendes and Barbara [Broccoli] have done has been so impressive, that it would be a very hard reimagination to follow after.”
Other names in the running 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.
A script is apparently already being written by regular Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have contributed to every Bond film since 1999’s The World Is Not Enough.
However, Purvis told The Telegraph earlier this year that it’s now a creative challenge to write a Bond movie: “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 that becomes tricky. With people like Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality.”
As for the movie’s plot, this will depend largely on Daniel Craig. If he returns, we’ll likely see a follow-up story to Spectre, featuring more Blofeld and a continuation of Bond’s romance with Lea Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann. But if the movie introduces a new actor, the franchise may hit the reset button like Craig’s debut in 2006’s Casino Royale.
Will we see more of Bond’s past following the family plot thread started in Skyfall? Will Bond visit a casino again, after a distinct lack of casino time in Spectre? (Find out more about online casino action here.) Which countries will Bond travel to? The city of Dubrovnik in Croatia was on the producers’ location scouting list back in February.
Will Bond live to die another day? Only time will tell…
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