What can only be termed a Hollywood style hullabaloo, the cast and crew of the next James Bond movie gathered in Jamaica, at Ian Flemings villa, to both announce and celebrate the official start of production on Bond 25. As many fans may recall, Flemings villa is the site of the very first Bond film, Dr. No, as well as Roger Moore’s initial appearance as 007 in Live and Let Die.
In addition to the classic Pinewood Studios, additional filming locations have been said to include Norway, London, and Italy. The studio had initially tapped Danny Boyle to direct the sequel. However, he was reportedly replaced by Cary Fukunaga during pre-production. As fate would have, Fukunaga will be the first American filmmaker to head up a Bond film as of date.
In a press release issued by the studio, the films official synopsis reads as:
“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 synopsis went on to lay out that Bond goes on a mission to rescue a scientist that has been kidnapped, which as it would turn out would be much more treacherous than initially believed. In the end, Bond will be lead to a mysterious villain who has access to new and dangerous technology.
Along with the celebration and production announced, the supporting cast was announced as well. Those actors include returning favorites Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter) and Lea Seydoux (Madeleine Swann). New kids on the block are Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, and recent Oscar winner Rami Malek—who has been confirmed as the villain who will be making Bond’s secret agent life even more difficult.
Daniel Craig will once again (for the last time?) portray the film’s 007. However, there has been no indication of the title as of yet. The movie is slated to open April 8, 2020.