New director for Bond 25 announced. Release delayed until February 2020

Eon Productions announcement follows departure of Danny Boyle from Bond 25 in August.

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The brief statement regarding Bond 25 is on the website and shared on social media. It simply reads:

Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig announced today that Bond 25 will begin filming at Pinewood Studios on 4 March 2019 under the helm of director, Cary Joji Fukunaga with a worldwide release date of 14 February 2020.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure,” said Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

From the information provided it seems as if shooting on Bond 25 will be delayed by a couple of months or so. That was to be entirely expected.

The big unknown is what script Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are working on right now. Did they ditch the Danny Boyle/John Hodge storyline completely and working or the original Purvis and Wade script?

Are they reworking the Boyle/Hodge script?

Or are they doing something in between?

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David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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17 Responses to “New director for Bond 25 announced. Release delayed until February 2020”

  • Gary

    Well, once again another long stretch until the next Bond outing, IF there’s going to be one…I really miss the old days when you could look forward to seeing 007 at least every 2 years. We miss you, Cubby!

  • David Leigh

    Yes, these breaks are far too long!

  • johnhaley

    Who? NEVER HEARD THE NAME. Japanese by the sound of it. Anyway just after my 60th birthday.

  • David Leigh

    Ever heard of Google?

  • larry

    Are they looking to take Bond in a new direction, not sure I up with that

  • David Leigh

    What makes you say that?
    Surely they got the best director they could to make the film they want to make.

  • Tom

    I have mixed feelings about this. I think that EON have shown some stellar crisis management here with a minimal delay which may even help the franchise (not to much competition at this time of year- I think I’ll forego the 2020 fifty shades release!) and I’m a big fan of True Detective and Beasts of No Nation so can see the qualities that Fukunaga will bring. However there still seem to be issues with the long-term planning of the series to the extent that we’re now becoming accustomed to 4 year breaks between films with very little activity (no Comic Con etc) in between. For a while, I was all for EON selling up but am now going back to the feeling that they maybe need to bring in new blood to the team. This is, though, welcome news.

  • David Leigh

    I agree with you about the lack of long term vision for the series.

  • Don

    Hey its about time, I’m starting to lose interest in the Bond series. Too many primadonnas in the movie business.

  • David Leigh

    Who are the primadonnas here?

  • David D

    The twists, plots and sub-plots in getting the movie made are even more intriguing than the movie itself! We have to wish the new guy well!

  • James McDonald

    Well, at least they are not going to wait until November 2020. Bond 25 (Shatterhand?) will be the first official James Bond 007 movie to be released during the middle of winter on the month of February.

  • Carlos

    Yes,I think that they Will bring in new blood which is, about time too.
    Far to long those gaps in between.
    It would not have happened when Cubby was still here.
    It all start to look like a mess.

  • David Leigh

    Filmmaking is very different to in Cubby’s day, so not really a fair comparison.

  • Tim

    Great news! Looking forward to 25!

  • Dwight

    Finally some good news, however, I’m kinda disappointed that the production and release are going to be set back by a few months. I hope Bond 25 will be better than Spectre.

  • Scaramango

    I wish the new director well. It doesn’t sound like he will have the easiest of tasks after all the upheaval, but in one sense he starts with an advantage, in that the producers surely cannot afford to lose a second director, and so that might give Mr Fukunaga a certain creative leverage.

    In all the reports I’ve read about this, and after all the excitable speculation about whether the producers were about to pick the first female Bond director, no-one seems to have noticed that Cory Fukunaga’s appointment does indeed mark one particular Bond “first” – he will be the first American director in the series’ history. Perhaps that’s less significant than a first female director, perhaps in certain specific respects it’s more significant – I’ll leave it to others to comment about that, and likewise I’ll leave it to others to comment on whether it will signal any cultural change, be it positive or negative, to the Bond films. But it’s a point of note, nonetheless.