The next chapter in the James Bond franchise is inching closer as producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson revealed its cast and filming location via a special live broadcast. Later on, director Cary Joji Fukanaga was also present to discuss Bond 25.
Agent 007 returns to Golden Eye Villa in Jamaica, as the location for the next chapter is confirmed. The famous 007 location was home to the productions of “Dr. No” (1962) as well as “Live and Let Die” (1973). This is also the location where creator Ian Fleming brought the character into existence, penning the spy novels. The character, known by his agent code number 007, is a spy of the Secret Intelligence Service.
Broadcasted straight from where it all began, the next Bond film (as of right now, still untitled) is bringing back some familiar faces and more. Daniel Craig will be returning for the titular role. Other cast members include recent Oscar winner Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux reprising her role as Dr. Madelaine Swann, Ben Whishaw as Q and Ralph Fiennes as M. Coming on to the cast, Ana de Armas (“Blade Runner 2049”) and Billy Magnussen, Dali Bensallah, David Dencik and Lashana Lynch also join the cast. Jeffrey Wright, Naomie Harris and Rory Kinnear are also confirmed to return.
Brocolli, who served as producer on “Casino Royale,” Skyfall,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Spectre,” revealed as little as she could on plot details:
“Bond is not on active service when we start the film. So, he is actually enjoying himself in Jamaica. We consider Jamaica Bond’s spiritual home. So he starts his journey here…”
The spy franchise’s recent chapters have fared well at the box offices. Sam Mendes’ “Spectre” earned over $200 million domestically and well over $600 million internationally.
As the broadcast opened up to fan questions, director Cary Joji Fukanaga spoke on his vision for the film:
“I guess in a lot of ways, Daniel is my favorite Bond. I want this run of films, which have been fantastic, to have a really great next chapter and just keep upping the ante. So, you know, whoever’s next, has a harder job.”
Recently, “Killing Eve” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge was brought on to revise and spruce up the film’s script, previously headed by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. MGM and Eon Productions are producing the next installment. The untitled Bond 25 film is set to reach theaters April 2020.