bond 25 story

It’s been a little over a month since we officially entered “Bond Watch.” If you know the movie news cycle, you know the drill. The next James Bond movie is coming, which means that every single British tabloid in existence is blindly throwing darts at a board, trying to get the big scoop on what the next 007 adventure will be about and who will be in it. Most of the stories that come out of Bond Watch will be stinky helpings of BS, served by the shovelful by sources who don’t know what they’re talking about. But sometimes? Sometimes you’ll find a little gem of truth. That’s the game.

Anyway. Bond Watch: Day 36. Today’s story is that the still-untitled Bond 25 will revisit one of the more infamous events in the series’ storied history. Specifically, the climax of 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

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Purity TV Series

On last summer’s Television Critics Association press tour, Showtime President and CEO David Nevins said he expected to film the series Purity in 2017. That would have been in the can before star Daniel Craig would be needed for another James Bond film, should he even decide to make one. Now that Bond 25 is scheduled for release in 2019, with filming next year and Craig expected (though not officially confirmed) to return, Showtime is waiting for him.

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james bond

If you hear the phrase “James Bond Cinematic Universe” and want to lay your head on your desk and not move for a good hour or so, I totally understand. That’s a reasonable response. Every studio wants a connected cinematic universe these days and between the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, the Dark Universe, the Conjuring-verse and everything else lurking in the wings, it can be exhausting. Why does a series as storied and respected as the 007 movies need a cinematic universe, anyway?

The truth: it doesn’t. Also the truth: a James Bond cinematic universe would completely fit in with the series’ modus operandi of borrowing whatever is cool, hip, or popular and making it its own.

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james bond 25 director

What kind of filmmaker is the perfect match for the James Bond series? On one hand, it seems like it should be a journeyman, the kind of director who is comfortable working alongside protective producers, a capable craftsman who knows how to deliver productions on time and on budget. But on the other, it seems like it should be an artist, someone capable of grabbing this 55-year old series by the lapels and giving it a good shake.

And after Eon Productions‘ flirtation with the latter, it sounds like they’re going back to the former. A new rumor suggests that the 007 producers are eyeing Paul McGuigan for the director’s seat on the 25th James Bond movie.

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war for the planet of the apes nova

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Matt Reeves talks about one of the new characters in War For the Planet of the Apes.
  • A weird new poster for Alien: Covenant arrives.
  • Don Rickles had not recorded his lines for Toy Story 4 before he passed away.
  • Mission: Impossible 6 begins filming and adds another actor.
  • Sharknado 5 will debut this summer for some reason.
  • Demian Bichir will star in The Nun.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales reveals new character posters.
  • Is Jeffrey Wright teasing a Bond 25 role?
  • A series of video teasers for Transformers: The Last Knight.

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james bond

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Naomie Harris feels pretty confident about Daniel Craig returning as James Bond.
  • Will Ferrell says Step Brothers 2 will never happen.
  • Joe Carnahan will make The Raid before Bad Boys For Life.
  • Could Avatar 2 actually start shooting this year?
  • Angelina Jolie is apparently considering Maleficent 2.
  • John Boyega looks pretty cool in a new Pacific Rim: Uprising image.
  • Is Fantastic Four 2 ever going to happen?
  • Bruce Dallas Howard shares a photo from the set of Jurassic World 2.

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Daniel Craig Hates James Bond

Anyone who keeps up with James Bond has probably heard the remark that Daniel Craig made during the publicity tour for Spectre last year regarding a preference for slitting his wrists instead of doing another movie as 007. However, this reaction came at a time of pure exhaustion after making the movie and being on a worldwide publicity tour for it. But that hasn’t stopped discussions of a potential replacement for the actor, though we’ve recently heard that Daniel Craig is still the first choice for playing the secret agent, even though the report of a $150 million offer was revealed to be bogus.

Now we finally have some recent thoughts on the matter from Daniel Craig, who was interviewed at The New Yorker Fest for the first time since his Spectre press tour. The discussion tackled a variety of topics from his acting career, but of course chatter inevitably turned to the likelihood of him returning for Bond 25. While he didn’t offer any solid answer one way or the other about putting the tuxedo on again, it’s clear that while everyone thought Daniel Craig hates James Bond, he still has a love for the franchise and character. Read More »

Daniel Craig James Bond

It’s been fun to speculate about who the next James Bond could be, especially since the current Bond has said on the record that he’d rather slash his wrists than play Bond again. However, any predictions may be premature at this point. According to Callum McDougall, who’s executive produced all the Daniel Craig Bond films to date, Craig remains “absolutely the first choice” to play 007 in the next film.  Read More »

Daniel Craig Purity James Bond

When the upcoming Showtime miniseries Purity cast Daniel Craig, some fans speculated it could be a sign he really was leaving the James Bond franchise. Today, Showtime Networks Inc. President and CEO David Nevins spoke about the upcoming show in his announcements to the Television Critics Association. After his panel, Nevins spoke with reporters further and we asked if Purity would tie up Craig long enough to keep him from playing Bond again.

“It depends when they do the next James Bond movie,” Nevins said. “I don’t think it precludes him, is the answer. This will be completed I believe during the course of 2017. So depending on how long they’re willing to wait to star shooting the next Bond, it’s possible.”  Read More »

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X-Men: Apocalypse - Bryan Singer

Blockbuster franchises can do great things for a filmmaker’s career, but most of them don’t want to remain stuck churning out sequels for the rest of their careers. Case in point: After four X-Men movies, Bryan Singer is ready to step away from the X-universe for a little while. “I’d like to do something different,” he said, while adding that he could still return in the future.

Meanwhile, Sam Mendes, who directed Skyfall and Spectre, says he’s done with Bond for good, for real this time. Read their comments below. Read More »