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James Bond 25 to get November 2019 release


Story by Jack Foley

THE 25th James Bond movie will be released in November 2019, according to Eon Productions, which produces Bond movies, and Metro Goldwyn Mayer, which owns the rights to the long-running franchise.

The announcement was made on Wednesday (July 27, 2017), but was not accompanied by any casting news or directorial appointments.

Daniel Craig is widely expected to reprise his role as 007 for a fifth time. Indeed, the New York Times has recently quoted two unidentified sources as saying Craig’s return is a “done deal”. It is widely thought that the delay in making the follow-up to Spectre was because the producers were intent on keeping Craig with the franchise for one more film.

Now 49, Craig had said while promoting Spectre that starring in the film was a gruelling experience that he did not wish to repeat. But in later interviews, he backtracked and stated he would consider another stint in the role.

If speculation surrounding who will play 007 now seems to have calmed down, there are plenty of names in the hat to succeed Sam Mendes as the director.

Christopher Nolan, currently riding high off the success of Dunkirk and an avid Bond fan, is widely rumoured to be among the leading contenders. But comments he recently made suggest he would only really be interested if the franchise was seeking to reboot itself with a new actor in the lead role.

But now a new name has entered the fray: Yann Demange, who shot to prominence for his critically-acclaimed IRA thriller 71.

Demange, who received the British Independent Film award for best director for ’71, is currently in post-production on the crime drama White Boy Rick, starring Matthew McConaughey.

Denis Villeneuve and David Mackenzie, whose respective films Arrival and Hell or High Water both earned best picture nominations at last year’s Academy Awards, are also on the shortlist.

Spectre made over $880m at the global box office, making it the second-biggest Bond adventure of all time.

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