'James Bond 25', the next film in the 007 series, has its official cast, synopsis, locations, and writers revealed, and will feature Rami Malek as the main villain.
At last, the official cast, synopsis, locations, and writing team for the next Bond film, currently known as James Bond 25 (being the 25th film in the franchise), has been revealed. And it's looking pretty good so far. It features Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) star Rami Malek as the film's main antagonist, along with several other top actors and writers, with critically-acclaimed director Cary Fukunaga at the helm.
The end of an era
Almost 57 years ago, the world saw a young(ish) Sean Connery debut as Bond, James Bond, starting a franchise that would go on to become one of the most celebrated, famous, lucrative, and long-running film series in the history of cinema. Since then, five other actors have taken on the (official) mantle of the most popular spy of all time: George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. It's a solemn occasion when a James Bond is replaced: the end of an era, if you will. And now, Daniel Craig's time as 007 has run its course.
The next Bond film will be Craig's final one in the role. Though his performance has been universally acclaimed, his time as James Bond has been marked by highs and lows in terms of the overall quality of the films. Casino Royale (2006), his first Bond film, was a tremendous success, and has since become a favorite among Bond fans all over the world. Then came Quantum of Solace (2008), which… well, let's just say it wasn't up to par. Skyfall (2012) seemed to redeem the series, but Spectre (2015) again let us all down. It's important, then, that this next film ends Craig's time as Bond on a high note.
The cast & writers
This morning, Eon Productions officially revealed the team involved in Bond 25, including cast and writers. Returning actors and actresses include Daniel Craig (obviously), Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Rory Kinnear, and Naomie Harris as beloved Moneypenny. As new additions, we have Billy Magnussen, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, and Rami Malek as the main antagonist. It's safe to say, the cast looks as good as we expected.
As for writers, the participation of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was previously involved in films such as Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) and tv shows like Fleabag (2016) and Killing Eve (2018), was effectively confirmed. Joining her are Scott Z. Burns, who previously worked onThe Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and Contagion (2011), Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade, both of whom worked on Bond films before.
Though the film does not yet have an official title, we did get its brief synopsis.
Spectre ended with James leaving with Madeleine (Seydoux) after beating Bond's archenemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Cristoph Waltz) at his own game. According to Fukunaga, when Bond 25 starts, we find 007 traveling in Jamaica, and is revealed not to be in active service. But things quickly unravel, and his old life comes back to draw him into the fray once more. The official plot summary reads as follows:
“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 road ahead
Bond 25's director also confirmed that production is already underway in Norway. Shooting will later take place in Italy, with some further work planned in the UK. Still early stages, the release date is far from set in stone—but it's currently scheduled for April 8, 2020. Originally, the film was expected to come out on November 8 this year, but production delays—including the departure of its original director, Danny Boyle—ultimately forced the date to be pushed back.
That's all for the better, though, if the end result is as good as its potential. All the circumstances are set for this to turn out a great farewell for Daniel Craig, so we can only hope the end result delivers. The die is cast. So we'll find out soon enough.