James Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, last week confirmed that the start of principal photography on the 25th official James Bond would begin April 28.
The new movie from Albert R Broccoli’s Eon Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fifth film as Ian Fleming’s 007.
The announcement took place at GoldenEye in Jamaica, once the home of Ian Fleming where he created the James Bond character in 1952. Fleming wrote 12 novels and two collections of short stories on the island. GoldenEye is owned and operated by Island Outpost, founded byChris Blackwell who formerly owned Island Records.
Metro Goldwyn Mayer will release the 25th James Bond feature film domestically through their United Artists banner on April 8 next year. Those living in the UK and Europe will get to see it a few days earlier, with the release set for April 3. The Thai release is set for April 9.
“Bond 25”, as the film is currently being called, stars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and Jeffrey Wright, all of whom will reprise their roles and newcomers Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek.
Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
The 007 production will be based at Pinewood Studios in the UK, and on location in London, Italy, Jamaica and Norway.
Wilson and Broccoli commented, “We’re thrilled to return to Jamaica with ‘Bond 25’, Daniel Craig’s fifth instalment in the 007 series, where Ian Fleming created the iconic James Bond character and ‘Dr No’ and ‘Live And Let Die’ were filmed.”
“Spectre”, the 24th James Bond film, was a global box office hit, earning $880 million. The film broke a new all-time box office record in the UK with the biggest seven-day opening of all time at $63.8 million. Skyfall, the 23rd film in the series, earned $1.1 billion worldwide.