James Bond is back on screen for the 25th time, and the studio has finally announced a release date.
November 8, 2019, the unnamed film will be released in the US according to MGM and Eon Productions.
Daniel Craig, who has portrayed the world's most enduring spy in the past few films, is likely to continue on in the hoary role. Despite reports from the BBC claiming that the hasn't signed on, the New York Times claims authoritatively otherwise.
No director or production team has been announced, but we do know that the script will be written by Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The duo has been involved with six of the last Bond films, beginning with 1999's The World Is Not Enough.
Casting Daniel Craig as Bond again was surprising. Especially given the actor's own expressed opinions. After he filmed Spectre, in 2015, the rugged looking actor was somewhat frank about the James Bond role.
"I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists," he told Time Out magazine, living little room for interpretation. "No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on."
Luckily for Bond fans, he has done exactly that.. He's moved right on into another film. With no title, producer, or director. In fact by all appearances he's the first one to be signed on.
The role of Bond was created by Sir Ian Fleming, who was himself famously in the spying business. The smooth and polished son of a banking family, he was educated at Eton and was part of the planning of Project Goldeneye. His books were informed by his direct experiences and reflected much of the suave sociopathy to be found in the world of gentleman spy mastering.
Most people do not realize that he was also the author of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The James Bond film series is one of the longest continually-running film series in history. It has been in on-going production from 1962 to the present. In that time Eon Productions has produced 24 films, most of them at Pinewood Studios. With a combined gross of over $7 billion to date, it has also been the fourth highest grossing series of all times.
Sean Connery was the first actor to portray the famous spy, he was followed by David Niven, George Lazenby, Sir Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Brosnan and Craig. To date, Sir Roger Moore and David Niven have died, leaving more former living Bond actors than US Presidents.