Many things are up in the air when it comes to the next James Bond movie. Who will star? We don’t know. Who will direct? We don’t know. Who will distribute? We don’t know. We do, however, know when it will arrive in theaters. Today EON announced the release date of Bond 25 via the franchise’s official social media accounts. On November 19th, 2019, MI6’s agent 007 will return to theaters around the globe, following the traditional early release in the United Kingdom.
The official statement…
James Bond will return to US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a traditional earlier release in the UK and the rest of the world. Bond 25 will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The film’s cast, director and distributor will be announced at a later date.
There you have it! Franchise guardians Broccoli & Wilson are still leading the charge and they have longtime Bond writers Purvis & Wade right alongside them. We still don’t know for sure if Daniel Craig is returning for another Bondian romp, but I’d say that the odds are pretty good that he will. We still don’t know what studio (Fox? Sony? WB? Annapurna?) might end up with distribution rights for the next entry, but whoever nabs the contract will only get one film, unless EON tosses The Rhythm Section into the deal as well.
The plot remains up in the air, but EON has been searching for helicopters as of late. Mind you those could be for The Rhythm Section, but my gut tells me that they’re for 007. Location scouting has been on-going, but they always look at so many places for these films that it becomes impossible to make any real guesses on that front. It is, however, worth noting that Christoph Waltz is still under contract to play Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Might Bond’s nemesis break free of his confines and unleash SPECTRE upon the world again?
We will probably find out soon enough. The franchise’s 55th anniversary arrives this year on Thursday, October 5th, the date of Dr. No’s 1962 release. If we don’t get some sort of huge press conference on that date announcing the cast, a director, a distributor, and a start date, I’ll be shocked. Granted some of those things could end up being announced (or leaking) in advance of then, but that particular date just feels right.
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