James Bond 25 - Danny Boyle confirmed as director, 2019 release date, and Daniel Craig back as Bond

James Bond 007 film 25

It seems like an eternity away, but the new James Bond 007 movie - number 25 overall - is coming in 2019. November 8, 2019 to be precise. We know Daniel Craig is back, and that Bond 25 will be his final movie as the seemingly immortal MI6 agent. Who is in the director chair? Now that Sam Mendes is out, after helming Skyfall and Spectre, Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) is confirmed as the new director. Given that this is the 25th Bond, and therefore something of a landmark, expect it to be more ambitious in scope than previous outings. Obviously, we've pretty much run out of book material, so it's likely to be an original story but... don't rule out a remake or updating. After all, Casino Royale was a huge success (even though the original movie wasn't canon Bond) and some of the older movies could work well if applied to a modern setting. It'd certainly be an excellent way to mark the 25th film in the series. 

What follows, then is a run-down of everything we know about James Bond 25. At the moment, that isn't much, but we'll keep adding to this as more information leaks out, ahead of the movie's tentative 2019 release date.

Fast Facts:

  • Bond 25 release date: November 8, 2019
  • Director: Danny Boyle
  • Cast: Daniel Craig
  • Writer: John Hodge

The Bond 25 release date will keep you waiting

James Bond’s latest is headed your way on November 8, 2019 – yes, a year and a half away! Alright, it’s bloody ages off. There’s no way of dressing that up. But at least it’s definitely coming, and Craig’s definitely in it, and you definitely have time to re-watched all the previous films beforehand. Like, six times each. Speaking about the release date to Metro US, director Danny Boyle says: "We are working on a script right now. And it all depends on that really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script [for a Beatles biopic] at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in 6 or 7 weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now."

The Bond 25 director is Danny Boyle

The most recent Bond news is that Danny Boyle was confirmed as director for movie 25. Apparently Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson met with the director to discuss it, and Daniel Craig was said to be excited at the prospect, having worked with Boyle during the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony when he jumped out of a helicopter with The Queen. Kinda. 

When pressed on the plot, Boyle said that: "We’ve got an idea, John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment. And it all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away." So, nothing to go on, but it confirms who the screenwriter is too.

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 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 Timeout 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 next James Bond.

The Bond 25 trailer is unlikely to appear before 2019

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…

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…