Bond 25 is officially set to begin filming very soon (some second unit photography has already been completed in Norway), and yet it seems 007's greatest nemesis is the script.
Daniel Craig dons James Bond's tuxedo for the last time in Bond 25, a movie that has undergone a troubled production history. With the departure of original director Danny Boyle (plus scriptwriter John Hodge), Maniac's Cary Fukunaga stepped in as helmer. The script then went back to 007 veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, before Contagion writer Scott Z. Burns was drafted in earlier this year to give it a spruce up.
Well, it seems the screenplay still isn't quite there – according to Observer, Fleabag sensation Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been enlisted, reportedly at super-fan Craig's behest. The second (and, tragically, final) series of Waller-Bridge's fabulously spiky, fourth-wall-breaking sitcom has been the talk of the early spring season. And it seems that deliciously dry wit is what's needed for Bond 25. Not to mention she scripted the critically acclaimed spy thriller series Killing Eve, starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer.
Initially going under the working title Shatterhand (later played down by the film-makers), Bond 25 is Craig's final 007 adventure following Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). Returning faces include Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Moneypenny.
Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar-winner Rami Malek has been linked to the role of the villain. Once again produced under the auspices of Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, the movie is the first Bond film to be distributed by Universal. Originally pencilled in for release in 2019, then February 2020, the movie has alighted on a release date of 8th April 2020.
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