The big press event for the 25th James Bond film took place today, but the studio left out the title when discussing the film. Cary Joji Fukunaga directed the movie, which will once again feature Daniel Craig as James Bond. The movie is Craig’s fifth time playing the role and now we know who will be joining him in the next installment. The returning cast includes Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright, and the film will introduce Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, and Rami Malek.
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also confirmed that principal photography will begin on April 28th. The studio also announced a release date, telling the press that the new James Bond film will launch on April 3, 2020. The 007 production will be based at Pinewood Studios in the UK, and on location in London, Italy, Jamaica, and Norway.
The studio described the story adding, “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.”
Wilson and Broccoli commented, “We’re thrilled to return to Jamaica with Bond 25, Daniel Craig’s fifth installment in the 007 series, where Ian Fleming created the iconic James Bond character and Dr No and Live And Let Die were filmed.”
The 24th film in the franchise was “Spectre,” which earned $880M at the global box office. The film broke a new all-time box office record in the UK with the biggest seven-day opening of all time at $63.8M. The film failed to beat “Skyfall,” the 23rd film in the series, which earned $1.1B worldwide.
Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns with Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, other members of the creative team are; Director of Photography Linus Sandgren, Editor Tom Cross and Elliot Graham, Production Designer Mark Tildesley, Costume Designer Suttirat Larlarb, Supervising Stunt Coordinator Olivier Schneider, 2nd Unit Stunt Coordinator Lee Morrison and Visual Effects Supervisor Charlie Noble. Returning members to the team are; 2nd Unit Director Alexander Witt, Special Effects and Action Vehicles Supervisor Chris Corbould and Casting Director Debbie McWilliams.
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