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‘True Detective’ Genius Will Save Daniel Craig’s Last James Bond Movie

007 has found a new director, but the movie will be pushed back.

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Before Daniel Craig departs the role of agent 007, possibly leaving a seat open in his Aston Martin for a new actor, he has one more secret mission left. And, up until recently, it looked like that mission was going to be so top secret that it might never have even seen the light of day. After Trainspotting director Danny Boyle left the as-yet-untitled James Bond film, the future of the production was unclear. But now, the next Bond has a new director. Cary Joji Fukunaga, famous for his work on True Detective will rescue the franchise.

On Thursday, EON productions officially announced Fukunaga as the new director. It’s been a while since True Detective was the show everyone was talking about, but Fukunaga’s slick and intense style on that series hopefully means he’ll bring something similar to James Bond. Notably, he’s also the very first American filmmaker to helm a Bond movie.

At this point, very little is known about the next Bond film. Christoph Waltz, who played Blofeld in the last Bond film has gone on record saying he is not involved in the next film. Which, is interesting since the last Bond movie clearly left 007’s biggest nemesis very much alive. Still, just because Waltz isn’t on board for the next movie doesn’t mean Blofeld couldn’t return. In addition to recasting Bond several times throughout the years, the Bond films have also had nine Blofelds, if you count voice actors. Basically, there have been more Blofelds than Bonds, meaning an appearance from one of the greatest supervillains of all time is still on the table.

Originally scheduled for a November 2019 release, the new Bond film has now been pushed back to February 2020.

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