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‘Bond 25’ News Roundup: Waltz Returning As Blofeld, Moneypenny Set Images, Grace Jones Quits & More

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We’ve had a look around the old interweb and gathered up the best updates for Bond 25.

Some may just be speculation awaiting confirmation. Some may ultimately be spoilery – so tread carefully. Especially with the final item below!

LONDON

Last week we saw some official photos of Daniel Craig filming in London. We got to see Bond striding down the street, dressed immaculately. He was also driving an Aston Martin V8.

 

Filming is also due to take place in the Scottish Highlands.

MONEYPENNY

Also spotted was Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) preparing for a shot. The Daily Mail in the UK printed exclusive photos of Harris and Craig, in an article beefed up with clickbait headlines of the “disasters” that have befallen the production.

PRODUCT
The Product Placement machine is kicking in already. Not only the Aston Martin, but also Bond’s new sunglasses!

 

MUSIC
Dan Romer, the previous collaborator with director Cary Fukunaga, is now on board as composer.

 

KLEINMANN
Main titles designer Daniel Kleinmann is back for the new film too, great news as his stunning titles have been part of Bond since the Brosnan films.

 

GRACE JONES

Sadly, Grace Jones (A View to a Kill), who was lined up for a cameo role in the film walked away, allegedly because she had only a few lines.

MALEK
Earlier this week we learned a little about Rami Malek’s involvement with the film. Speaking to The Mirror he said:

“It’s a great character and I’m very excited… But that was one thing that I discussed with Cary. I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That’s not something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out’.

“But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist.

“It’s another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies. But I feel a substantial weight on my shoulders. I mean, Bond is something that we all grow up with.”

 

TITLE?
It looks like the title that was to be announced at the “reveal” in Jamaica in April was pulled at the last minute. According to mi6-hq.com, the title was to be A REASON TO DIE but the producers decided it wasn’t Bond enough. Sounds like a Bond novel title, if not a good film title.

 

WALTZ

Finally, The Sun via Twitter announced that Christoph Waltz has been spotted at Pinewood Studios, sparking theories that he is returning as Blofeld. This makes sense as SPECTRE tried to connect all of the Craig films as one narrative and Blofeld was left standing as Bond and Dr Swann drove off for their happy ending.

We know that the new film starts with Bond in happy retirement in Jamaica, but something drags him back into the game. Will Blofeld have something to do with that?

The film, which has had some highly publicised problems, is now seemingly on track, and we await the title announcement soon.

Bond 25 will be released in April 2020.

Our epic Bond Retrospective has reached film 6, ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE and will be published here soon.

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