Not counting Never Say Never Again, and the spoof-version of Casino Royale, there have been 24 “official” James Bond movies. And, unless you’ve been put into that same cryogenic freeze used on Austin Powers, then you know that Daniel Craig has been in exactly four films as the famous secret agent, code-named 007. For over a decade, Craig has been the incumbent James Bond, starting with the 2006 hit Casino Royale. In fact, if there’s one thing Craig’s tenure as Bond has proved, its that pretty much every other one of his Bond movies is great, while the other half are just, fine.
With that in mind, because two Bonds ago was Skyfall (great) and the last Bond was Spectre (just okay), that means Bond 25 will likely be great. Here’s everything we know about the movie so far.
It’s 100 Percent Daniel Craig’s Last James Bond Movie
There was a ton of speculation that Daniel Craig wouldn’t actually return as Bond at all since Spectre basically gave the character what you could call a happy ending. But, eventually, Daniel Craig confirmed that he would play James Bond one last time, and this is is it. Though, if the movie doesn’t end up happening, then that means Spectre will remain Daniel Craig’s final appearance as 007.
Danny Boyle WAS Directing the Movie But Isn’t Anymore
Though the last two Bond films were helmed by the brilliant Sam Mendes, the next film briefly had a very big name director: Danny Boyle. Best known for Trainspotting, Boyle was weirdly a perfect choice for Bond if only because he understands two things that make these movies work: nostalgia for spy movies and nostalgia for bygone masculinity.
However, as of August 21, it was announced that Boyle was no longer directing the film, which throws the entire franchise into uncharted territory. Boyle’s script was rumored to tackle aspects of the #MeToo era and reconcile some of those progressive concepts with the outdated ideas about James Bond. But, now that he’s not directing, it’s unclear what will happen or who will write the script.
The Supporting Cast is Still Unknown
Will Léa Seydoux return as Madeline Swan? What about Christoph Waltz as Blofeld? For the latter, Watlz went on record last year saying he wouldn’t be back, while nobody knows for sure about Seydoux. Chances are if either character does return, it will be a huge surprise.
It Was Supposed Out Right Before Star Wars Episode IX, in Fall of 2019…But Now…It’s Unclear
The 25th James Bond movie was scheduled to come out in October 2019 in the UK, and in November 2019 in the United States. But, now Danny Boyle has left the project, it’s totally unclear. In fact, the departure of the director could delay the movie indefinitely.
(This article will be updated as we learn more about the movie.)