When it comes to the James Bond franchise, every little bit of news is announced with a grand gesture. Whether it’s the next actor to portray 007, who the Bond Girl or villain is, or even just a title, nothing is done low-key. However, depending on what the producers opt to do, we may now know what Daniel Craig‘s final outing will be called.
The Guardian is reporting that filming for the 25th official Bond movie will be done under the working title of “Shatterhand.” This has long been rumored to be the title of the film, so this lends some credence to that theory. This may or may not be what the title remains as, but it’s an interesting one to take note of.
This is from the article in regards to what the title means, canon-wise:
It appears to confirm longstanding rumours that Shatterhand is a contender for Bond 25’s official title. The name comes from an alias used by series supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Ian Fleming’s 1964 Bond novel You Only Live Twice.
This comes on the heels of script rewrites pushing the movie to a new release date in April of 2020. Notably, Scott Z. Burns has been brought on to do a new draft of what longtime Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have conjured up. As reported recently by The Playlist, Burns has long been a target of the franchise, so this could end up being a real boon in the end. Craig is obviously determined to go out on a high note, which has led to all stops being pulled out. Danny Boyle came and went as director, with Cary Joji Fukunaga now at the helm.
Once the title is either confirmed or a new one is settled on, a full on announcement can be expected. Until then, “Shatterhand” does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?