James Bond 25 - Danny Boyle out as director, 2019 release date (for now), and everything else you need to know

Daniel Craig as James Bond

Bond 25 has an air of finality about it. Not only will it be Daniel Craig’s fifth and (probably) final outing as iconic spy James Bond, it’s also had arguably the most behind-the-scenes turmoil since 1989’s License to Kill led to a six-year hiatus for the franchise. As of right now, it has no director, with Danny Boyle having departed, no writer, and a Bond 25 release date that’s in danger of being pushed back at any moment. 

It’s enough to leave you all a bit shaken, isn’t it? Worry not: we’ve put together everything we do know about the upcoming movie, from the (current) release date and cast, to the possible Bond 25 title, and even when we might get a glimpse at the Bond 25 trailer. There’s a lot to look forward to before next year’s release, so get reading and find out everything we know about Bond 25 so far. 

Fast Facts:

  • Bond 25 release date: October 25, 2019 (UK)/November 8, 2019 (US)
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: Daniel Craig
  • Writer: TBA

The Bond 25 release date may get pushed back

Daniel Craig as James Bond

Bond 25 is headed your way on October 25, 2019 if you're in the UK or a little later on November 8, 2019 in the States… at least, for now. Danny Boyle leaving has thrown a spanner in the works. No filming has yet taken place, and there’s a little over a year until the movie is supposed to premiere. The logistics and turnaround of hiring a new director with a new vision, script, and all the rest of it might be too tough even by 007’s standards. For now, though, the release date has been locked in – but don’t be surprised if it gets pushed to 2020.

There's no Bond 25 director... yet

Danny Boyle

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Danny Boyle officially joined as Bond 25 director in May 2018 (via the BBC) and joined forces with scribe John Hodge to put together the project. However, things eventually fell by the wayside for the director just three months later, leaving Bond 25 scrambling for a new director.

As posted on the official James Bond Twitter account, Danny Boyle left Bond 25 on August 21, 2018 citing “creative differences” as the reason for the departure. The director, who previously helmed the likes of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, has yet to comment since leaving the project.

Boyle saying farewell has also led to a shakeup on the writing team. Long-time writing partner John Hodge has stepped down, too, according to Digital Spy, with a new writing team yet to be announced. All in all, it’s a long road ahead for the creative team as producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Brocolli, as well as 007 himself, Daniel Craig, have some tough decisions to make when it comes to Bond 25.

Other directors previously in the running were thought to be Yann Demange, whose credits include ‘71 and four episodes of Billie Piper show Secret Diary of a Call Girl; Denis Villeneuve, having just completed Blade Runner 2049; and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water, Perfect Sense). Christopher Nolan was once linked with the movie too, but has long-since ruled himself out.

Bond 25 - Daniel Craig is back!

Daniel Craig as James Bond

Daniel Craig is back as Bond for the fifth time, following his starring roles in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre. It’s now two years since that previous appearance, and there was speculation that we might be getting a new 007 – particularly after an astonishing interview with Time Out in 2015, where Craig proclaimed that “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists” than appear in another Bond flick.

However, Craig confirmed that his mind had U-turned on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in August 2017. “Yes,” he replied when asked if he was returning. "We've been discussing it, we've just been trying to figure things out… I always wanted to, I needed a break."

However, Craig has openly stated that this will be his final 007 film. "I just want to go out on a high note, and I can't wait,” he told Colbert.

As regards to his successor once Bond 25 is in the can, Henry Cavill, Idris Elba, and Damien Lewis have all been linked ahead of what will be Bond 26. So we’ve put together a comprehensive feature, wondering aloud who could be the new James Bond.

The Bond 25 trailer is unlikely to appear before 2019

Daniel Craig as James Bond

Given that Bond 25 is set to land 54 days before the end of the decade, we won’t be seeing its trailer, poster, or concept art anytime soon. That doesn’t stop anyone predicting its due date, though. Skyfall’s first trailer came in May 2012, five months before the film’s October release, while our first glimpse of Spectre in motion emerged in March 2015, with the film itself out seven months later. Assuming Bond 25 adheres to a similar pattern, we should see its first trailer between April 2019 and June 2019.

The Bond 25 title is Never Dream of Dying. Er, maybe…

James Bond

British newspaper The Mirror reports that Bond 25’s working title is Shatterhand, and that the film is based on 2001 novel Never Dream of Dying, but there’s been no confirmation of this from the studio or anyone involved in the project so far. 

Never Dream of Dying was the seventh Bond book written by American author Raymond Benson, after Zero Minus Ten, Tomorrow Never Dies, The Facts of Death, The World is Not Enough, High Time to Kill, and Double Shot. However, the two films on that list you’ll recognise as movies – Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough – were novelisations based on screenplays, as was Benson’s later work on Die Another Day. As yet none of his Bond originals have been turned into movies, so Never Dream of Dying would be a personal breakthrough for him. Particularly as he resigned from writing Bond books in 2003.

Never Dream of Dying takes Bond to Paris and a meeting with seductive film star Tylyn Mignonne, who is at loggerheads with her ex-husband – a volatile movie producer with dastardly connections. 

The Bond 25 cast list is a maelstrom of uncertainty

With Daniel Craig only recently confirmed, it’ll be a few months before other members of the Bond 25 cast are officially announced. But Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista are both expected to reprise their villainous roles as Ernst Stavro Blofeld (incarcerated, but still alive, at the end of Spectre) and Mr Hinx respectively - if the latest movie continues the story set out in Spectre.

As for Bond’s allies, it would make sense for the trio of Naomi Harris (Eve Moneypenny). Ben Whishaw (Q) and Rory Kinnear (Tanner) to return. All three took on those roles for Skyfall and Spectre, with Kinnear being introduced a film earlier than his counterparts, back in Quantum of Solace. Each fits their role well and is popular with the discerning Bond audience, so it’d be a seismic shock to see any of them displaced.

The Bond 25 theme might be Beyonce-made

Securing a Bond theme is one of the biggest achievements in the entertainment business, with the last two going to Sam Smith (Spectre) and Adele (Skyfall). If the UK press is to believed Beyonce is being lined up for the next one. A source close to the singer is purported to have proclaimed this “the only project she is remotely interested in right now.” She’s said to have met with the film’s bosses, “and Adele told her how co-writing and performing a Bond theme gave her an amazing career hike.” As if that pair aren’t already among the greatest female artists of all time…