James Bond fans have been waiting a long time for 007 to return. Last we saw him was 2015 in Spectre. Since then Bond has gone quiet and the only rumblings we’ve heard have been issues and rumors of whether Daniel Craig would play Bond again, director Danny Boyle leaving the project and several release date delays for the movie.
Then suddenly news started spilling out – Craig confirmed he would be back, Cary Joji Fukunaga signed on as director, more folks were coming on to work on the script, a final release date for the film was announced as April 8, 2020.
As with the tradition of Bond films in the past, a press conference was held to announce the start of production with the cast, producers and director – and typically the title of the latest Bond film is revealed.
Well, things went down a bit differently this time with Bond 25. There was no ‘press conference’, but a ‘Bond 25 Live Reveal’ was held in Jamaica at Ian Fleming’s house GoldenEye. It was a live stream event that fans could watch and finally get official news about Bond 25.
It wasn’t the most polished production. In fact it came off more cheesy and slapped together than being an exciting event to watch.
The main takeaways from it was the announced cast. Craig would be rejoined by returning Bond cast members – Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear. Jeffrey Wright would be back as Felix Leiter and Léa Seydoux would return as Madeline Swann.
New faces for the series would be – Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, David Dencik and as the villain, Oscar winner Rami Malek.
Fukunaga said filming would take place in Jamaica, Italy, Norway, London and of course Pinewood Studios.
As for the story, we only learned of the setup for the film. Bond has retired from active duty and has been living a nice relaxing life in Jamaica. That ends when pal Felix shows up to ask him for help with rescuing a kidnapped scientist.
With all that information (which most was rumored for a long time), the big surprise fans were hoping to hear would be the title for the newest Bond movie. Would it be one of the rumored ones that have made the rounds – Shatterhand, Eclipse, would it have a Fleming connection or be something completely new?
However, no title was announced. Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said they did not have one yet and are still calling it ‘Bond 25’.
This Bond Reveal didn’t end up igniting as much excitement as I think they thought it would. The production of it looked amateurish and unrehearsed. It revealed very little that fans speculated about already during the past four years and it didn’t have any moments that really made the prospects for this film an anxiously awaited event.
It was basically a ‘reveal’ that revealed very little.
Hopefully, the quality of Bond 25 will not reflect the shoddy ‘Reveal’ that was put on.
Here, I share some thoughts about this Bond 25 Live Reveal, poke some fun at it and the kickoff to Bond 25.