In a move that everyone but a recently-conceived fetus saw coming, it’s been officially officially confirmed that Daniel Craig is returning to play James Bond for the fifth time in the next Bond movie. Daniel Craig sort of confirmed the news himself last August after hinting at it for months. Stay strong, Tom Hiddleston, I’m sure there’s only a couple more official confirmations to go.
The Guardian says that producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli released a statement saying that Bond 25 will begin production at Pinewood Studios in the UK at the start of December, and will be released on October 25th, 2019 in the UK (it will be released two weeks later in the US). Daniel was rumored to be getting $150 million if he signed on for two more Bond films, but it’s not known how much he’s getting for this one. Bond 25 will be directed, as expected, by Danny Boyle.
“We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th installment of the franchise.”
Danny Boyle has promised to deliver a Bond Girl for the #MeToo era.
The producers also announced that Bond 25 will be released internationally by Universal. Bond films were previously released internationally by Sony. MGM will still release the film in the US. I don’t know distribution rights, but if Universal has international rights, does that mean they sort of own it? I’m only asking because Daniel Craig has said three years ago that he’d rather slash his wrists than play James Bond again. He’s obviously on board for another movie, but I just don’t know if he can be convinced to do a Universal Studios theme park ride. Something tells me Universal Studios doesn’t have enough millions to prevent Daniel Craig from walking off set after asking riders if they have a license to thrill.