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  • 25th James Bond movie in the EON Productions official series and the 27th theatrically released James Bond film overall if one includes the non-series spoof Casino Royale (1967) and the unofficial franchise film Never Say Never Again (1983). The movie is the 28th James Bond film overall if one includes the "Casino Royale" (1954 tele-movie [See: Casino Royale (1954)].
  • Spectre (2015) screenwriter John Logan was once reportedly commissioned to write scripts for this movie as well as No Time to Die (2020) at the same time but this is apparently not the case. According to Daniel Craig, there was an idea at the studio of filming two consecutive Bond pictures back-to-back to which Craig apparently baulked at the idea due to their enormity. The James Bond Wikia website states: "A popular news story, started by the blog Deadline, reports the Skyfall (2012) writer John Logan has been commissioned by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to pen Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2020) as a two-parter. Months later, this rumor was repudiated but no official announcement either way has been made. Logan did pen the script for Spectre (2015) and may be considered a front-runner for hemming the No Time to Die (2020) script".
  • Reportedly, this Bond film and Spectre (2015) will apparently not be based on any original Ian Fleming James Bond story.
  • Fifth James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig as James Bond.
  • This film is expected to be released in 2017 about two years after Spectre (2015).
  • Financing and distribution arrangements for this picture and Spectre (2015) have frequently been reported together suggesting that development of these two Bond films are being set up for a two-year cycle, with No Time to Die (2020) originally targeted for a 2017 release, then pushed back to 2019, and once again to 2020. Reportedly, Daniel Craig has previously stated that there was a plan by the MGM studio to film to Bond movies back-to-back but he had balked at the idea due to the enormity of their productions.
  • If this Bond film utilizes an original Ian Fleming story title, there now remains only four unused original Fleming titles that could possibly be used as a title for this film. These are "The Property of a Lady," "The Hildebrand Rarity," "Risico," and "007 in New York" (a.k.a. "Agent 007 in New York").
  • This film will be Daniel Craig's fifth and likely final appearance as James Bond. Scheduled to be released in 2020, the movie will also be Craig's fourteenth year in tenure as James Bond since his first in Casino Royale (2006). This will, by tenure, make Craig the longest running actor playing James Bond in the official series since the late Roger Moore's era between the early 1970s to the mid 1980s, which ran for twelve years, between Live and Let Die (1973) and A View to a Kill (1985). By film count Craig will come third, after Sean Connery with six and Roger Moore with seven (though Connery also has seven if unofficial film Never Say Never Again (1983) is counted).
  • There was a rumor stating that the next Bond film will star actor Idris Elba as James Bond - Agent 007. If Elba is cast, he would be the first black actor to play Bond. Elba later denied the rumor to be true and has said that he does not want to do the character and does not wish to be remembered as the "Black Bond". In 2016, Elba appeared in an action film called The Take (2016) which had some Bond-like elements
  • After Spectre (2015) it is anticipated director Sam Mendes will withdraw from directing Bond movies and that acclaimed director Christopher Nolan may take over the reins and direct Bond 25 (2019) and more to follow.
  • Daniel Craig stated on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015) in August of 2017 that this movie will be his final film playing James Bond.
  • It had been touted that Daniel Craig would not play James Bond in this film the 25th in the series after Spectre (2015). Rumored and considered replacement actors were Harry Lloyd, Idris Elba, Aidan Turner, Henry Cavill, Jamie Dornan, Orlando Bloom, Hugh Jackman, Charlie Hunnam, Matthew Goode, Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Jack Davenport, David Beckham, and bookies front-runners, Tom Hardy and Damian Lewis.
  • Producer Michael G. Wilson confirmed during the theatrical release of Spectre (2015) that Daniel Craig is not contracted for five films and at the time of the interview Craig is not actually under contract for No Time to Die (2020). Wilson told London's The Mirror, "We think we've got him but we don't have a contract" whilst Wilson said to The Hollywood Reporter, "...that the studio [MGM] is confident of securing Craig for the inevitable No Time to Die (2020)" according to website 'We Got this Covered'.
  • Development of this picture has been reported to begin in Spring 2016 in the Northern Hemisphere which will be the season of Autumn 2016 in the Southern Hemisphere. In a late 2015 interview with Swiss news-magazine 20Minuten.ch, producer Barbara Broccoli said: "We have put three years of work into Spectre (2015). It was a thrill, but now we want to enjoy the success and the reactions of the audiences. In spring we start again."
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produce the James Bond movies but do not generally theatrically release them. The agreement between MGM and Sony expires with Spectre (2015). Originally it was a two picture deal with Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008) for Sony to distribute which then got renewed for two more films of which Skyfall (2012) was the first. At the time of the theatrical release of Spectre (2015), MGM was in discussions with three studios, which were believed to be Sony, Paramount and Warner Bros. Reportedly, it was stated that MGM was looking for a more lucrative deal, and was looking to drive a hard bargain. In the end, Universal Pictures became this film's worldwide distributor on 24th May 2018.
  • Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson did state after Spectre (2015)'s theatrical release that they felt reasonably confident that Daniel Craig would return for this movie.
  • Daniel Craig has said that he would retire from the role of James Bond if he felt he was too old to play the character. Craig has also said that it has become harder to be fit enough for the role and that there has been more use of doubles for action sequences.
  • With development of this movie reported to going to start in 2016, the film, the 25th Bond movie in the official series, was originally estimated to be released in either late 2017 or late 2018, but in mid-2017 it was confirmed that it will be debuting late 2019.
  • According to show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter' in 2015, Spectre (2015) "...could mark the end of the Sony/MGM collaboration. Spectre (2015) is the last in a two-picture deal that Sony struck in 2011 with MGM, which controls rights to Bond along with EON producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Sources say MGM expects to pursue an especially tough bargain once other studios come calling. Sony established a successful track record with the first two 007 movies starring Daniel Craig as the tuxedoed super-spy, Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). But it still had to fend off competition from rivals when it sat down with MGM, headed by CEO Gary Barber, in 2011 to renew its deal. Paramount came close to snapping up Bond but walked away from MGM's demands and the relatively low 8 per cent distribution fee MGM was willing to pay. Sony prevailed by throwing other movies into the pot, taking on MGM as a co-financing partner on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and Total Recall (2012). But while Sony had been 50-50 partners on Casino [Royale] and Quantum [of Solace], it capped its investment in Spectre (2015) . . . to 25 percent of the movie's negative cost. In exchange, it has a 25 percent stake in the new movie plus distribution fees for overseeing its worldwide roll-out".
  • The controversial interview with Daniel Craig with Time Out published on 7th October 2015 reports Craig said making another James Bond film after Spectre (2015): Can you imagine doing another Bond movie? ". . . I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists. 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" and You want to move on from Bond for good? "'I haven't given it any thought. For at least a year or two, I just don't want to think about it. I don't know what the next step is. I've no idea. Not because I'm trying to be cagey. Who the f*** knows? At the moment, we've done it. I'm not in discussion with anybody about anything. If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money" and Do you care who plays Bond after you? "'Look, I don't give a f***. Good luck to them! All I care about is that if I stop doing these things we've left it in a good place and people pick it up and make it better. Make it better, that's all."
  • On making this movie, Daniel Craig, once said to the Hollywood Reporter, in an article published on 5th November 2015: "Maybe I'll make another one, I don't know."
  • It is a possibility that director Sam Mendes could return to direct this film. Mendes said after Skyfall (2012) he wasn't going to direct another Bond movie and ended up directing Spectre (2015). Mendes has indicated that he will wait six months after Spectre (2015)'s debut theatrical season and make a decision then. However, later news appears to allegedly clearly rule out Mendes as director.
  • Of Daniel Craig returning to play James Bond in this film, series producer Barbara Broccoli in an interview with Swiss news-magazine 20 Minuten during late 2015, Broccoli said [in translations]: "I hope we can continue with Daniel [Craig]. I love him, obviously not just me but also the audience. I will try my best to keep him on" and "Now everyone is asking, 'How will it go for 007?' I hope it continues with [Daniel] Craig. I think he's great, and obviously not just me, but also the audience. I will do everything (to make sure) that he stays."
  • With this film, Daniel Craig will become the third ranked actor to have played the character the most times in the official movies, after first ranked Roger Moore who made seven official Bond films, and second ranked Sean Connery (the first and original series James Bond) who appeared in six official Bond movies, but Connery equals Moore's seven Bond movies, if one counts Connery's unofficial Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983). If one counts both the tallies of Moore and Connery as being equal with 7 pictures each, Craig will, with a tally of five films with No Time to Die (2020), become the second ranked actor to have played James Bond the most times in cinema movies, after the Moore-Connery tie for first place. Down the tally order would be Pierce Brosnan with four, Timothy Dalton with two, and George Lazenby with one. David Niven portrayed the character of Sir James Bond once, in the unofficial spoof Casino Royale (1967), whilst Barry Nelson played James Bond once in the "Casino Royale" tele-movie (See: Casino Royale (1954)).
  • About appearing in Bond 25 (2020), in an interview with UK's The Sun newspaper, Daniel Craig said that he's not bound by any sort of contract: "There is no contract. It's up to me. I have the right to change my mind any time I want to."
  • On The Graham Norton Show (2007) episode first broadcast on 23th October 2015, The Daily Mail reported the episode under the headline "Daniel Craig hints he WILL return as James Bond [in Bond 25 (2020)] as he joins Spectre (2015) co-stars on The Graham Norton Show (2007)". Craig said during the show: "Now all I care about it getting the film [Spectre (2015)] in front of an audience. But, we'll see." [Ref: Daniel Craig/Naomie Harris/Christoph Waltz/Sam Smith (2015)].
  • With Our Kind of Traitor (2016) following 2015's James Bond movie Spectre (2015) in 2016, Miss Moneypenny actress Naomie Harris becomes the fourth major actor in the James Bond film series to star in movies relating to both John le Carré and Ian Fleming's James Bond. Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery are actors who have both previously portrayed James Bond on screen and both starred in le Carré filmed adaptions, they being respectively The Tailor of Panama (2001) and The Russia House (1990), the latter which has a title that evokes From Russia with Love (1963) which starred Connery as Bond. Rachel Weisz, the wife of James Bond actor Daniel Craig, previously starred in the Carré filmed adaptation The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. The Constant Gardener (2005) also starred the Bond film franchise's Ralph Fiennes who has portrayed the series' new M character Gareth Mallory since Skyfall (2012) as has Harris played Eve Moneypenny. About thirty cast and crew personnel worked on both Spectre (2015) and the film of John le Carré's Our Kind of Traitor (2016). It is anticipated that the characters of M and Eve Moneypenny played by both Fiennes and Harris respectively will return in No Time to Die (2020).
  • In an article published by England's "The Mirror' on 29th November 2015, it was speculated that former M actress Judi Dench could make an appearance in this movie via a flashback sequence. The articles runs with the headline "Is Judi Dench to prove You Only Live Twice as she returns to James Bond?" and states: "But now the rumor is she will return in a flashback". Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015) director Sam Mendes is apparently not returning for Bond 25 (2020) and is reported to have said: "Her coming back will be someone else's decision".
  • During late 2015 it was reported that British director Guy Ritchie has emerged as a key front-runner to direct this movie after directing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) released in the same year as and just prior to Spectre (2015). The original The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) television series was partially created by James Bond creator Ian Fleming. An unnamed source said: "Guy has had a run of box office successes but it was The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) that really caught the Bond producers' eye.The film had many of the elements associated with 007. Guy created a world of espionage and action with a bit of comedy. He's the front-runner for the next Bond movie - for now." Reportedly, the Bond producers are said to be chasing Ritchie who is a friend of series star Daniel Craig to be the director. The articles states: ". . . movie bosses think Guy could bring an interesting new approach to the franchise. Insiders say execs loved U.N.C.L.E, starring Henry Cavill and based on the TV series created by Bond writer Ian Fleming." Ritchie was once married to Madonna who sang the title theme song for Die Another Day (2002) in which she also made a cameo appearance as Verity.
  • Andy Serkis was rumored to be replacing Christoph Waltz as Blofeld if Daniel Craig didn't come back for this film, assuming the Blofeld character will be in this movie, as Waltz has reportedly stated that he won't play Blofeld again without Craig also playing Bond. Reportedly, on 26th October 2017, Waltz said to Italian film website 'Talky Movie' on the red carpet at the Festa del Cinema di Roma, that he will not be returning as Blofeld for 'Bond 25' and said: "No, I'm sorry. I'm really sad, but that's the tradition, that there is a new...name. Sorry. I would've liked to."
  • Director Sam Mendes has said he will not be directing this film.
  • Sony has been in talks about renewing the distribution for the James Bond series after Spectre (2015) would be it's last film between Sony and MGM in the current renewed distribution contract which also included Skyfall (2012). The two studios first Bond distrib collaboration was for Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). However, other studios have been competing for the distribution rights, including Disney, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox.
  • In an interview with the Daily Star, Emilia Clarke stated she would love to play Jane Bond, the first female James Bond. In 2017, there was actually a female spy movie, Atomic Blonde (2017), which was set during the 1980s Cold War era, and starred Charlize Theron.
  • It is was once rumored that Theo James would be replacing Daniel Craig as James Bond but this turned out not to eventuate.
  • Christoph Waltz has signed on for two more films, but his return depends on whether or not Craig will again portray Bond.
  • Paul McGuigan was considered to direct the movie.
  • Director Christopher Nolan is rumored to direct.
  • It is often reported that Warner Bros. is the closest studio in securing the financing and distribution rights to Bond 25 (2020) other than Sony, and it depends on how it works between Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara and MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber, who have been close friends. Warner Bros. has collaborated with MGM on many recent films like "The Hobbit" film trilogy, Creed (2015), If I Stay (2014), Hot Pursuit (2015), Max (2015), Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016), Me Before You (2016), and Everything, Everything (2017) and is also currently co-producing Tomb Raider (2018) with MGM. In addition, they own the pre-May 1986 MGM library and, coincidentally enough, have previously released the unofficial Sean Connery 007 film Never Say Never Again (1983) via Orion Pictures.
  • All of the actors in the official James Bond series to date have done a different number of James Bond films with no actor to date doing three despite any contract for three films and assuming, as reported, No Time to Die (2020) will be Daniel Craig's last. They are: George Lazenby (one), Timothy Dalton (two), Pierce Brosnan (four), Daniel Craig (five), Sean Connery (six), Roger Moore (seven) [Connery has also done seven Bond films if one counts the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983)].
  • With this film, Daniel Craig will become the second oldest actor to play James Bond. Roger Moore was aged about 57 years for A View to a Kill (1985), whilst Craig for No Time to Die (2020) will be aged around 51 years.
  • It is often said that Warner Bros. is the closest candidate in securing the financing and distribution rights to Bond 25 (2020), with Sony as a second only, and it depends on how it works between Warner Bros. CEO and chairman Kevin Tsujihara and MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber, who have been close friends. Warners has collaborated with MGM on many recent films like "The Hobbit" film trilogy, Creed (2015), If I Stay (2014), Hot Pursuit (2015), Max (2015), Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016), Me Before You (2016), Everything, Everything (2017), and is also currently co-producing Tomb Raider (2018) with MGM. In addition, they own the pre-May 1986 MGM library and, coincidentally enough, have previously released Never Say Never Again (1983), the unofficial Sean Connery 007 film.
  • This film will be released in 2019 which will be a number of milestone anniversary years for earlier Bond movies. Quantum of Solace (2008) was still playing in cinemas in territories in 2009, marking in a sense an almost 10th Anniversary year; the 20th anniversary year of The World Is Not Enough (1999); the 30th Anniversary year of Licence to Kill (1989); the 40th anniversary year of Moonraker (1979); and the 50th anniversary of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Each of these five films for these five anniversaries will be for a Bond movie with a different actor who played James Bond in each of them, the only one not included is Sean Connery.
  • The film has been estimated to start major principal photography filming around December 2018 or January 2019. The movie will rolling out world-wide around November 2019.
  • Second Daniel Craig James Bond movie where there has been a four year gap between pictures with his previous film being Spectre (2015). Earlier, there was a four year interval between Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012). The only other four year period between Bond films in the franchise was between Die Another Day (2002) and Casino Royale (2006), the latter being Craig's first film as James Bond.
  • It was confirmed online on 11th July 2017 that Daniel Craig will return for Bond 25 (2020) - the next Bond movie after Spectre (2015). EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced in late July 2017 that this film would premiere on 8th November 2019. The official announcement reported via Twitter stated: "James Bond will return to US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a traditional earlier release in the UK and the rest of the world." The 6th August 2017 edition of the UK newspaper 'The Sun' commented: "The official US release date is November 8, 2019 and while there is no UK date set in stone we know it will be EARLIER than in the US".
  • Dave Bautista has said of the possible return of his character of Hinx from Spectre (2015) in this film. He told Metro UK in an article published on 26th April 2017: "Believe me we're talking about it a lot" and "We're waiting for the news to see if Daniel will sign up for 'Bond 25', because then there's a chance that Hinx will come back".
  • Showtime CEO and President and David Nevins said on 8th August 2017 that Purity has been delayed until 2019 because Daniel Craig must first complete a Bond film. This therefore confirmed that Craig would be returning to play Agent 007. Nevins said: "He's doing Bond first. I can't say anything about what I know or don't know about Bond. That's not my area."
  • On the first date of the film's American release stateside on 8th November, Daniel Craig's tenure as James Bond in the official series will hit the 5139 days marks beating the late Sir Roger Moore's record which was 5118 days for the period between Live and Let Die (1973) and A View to a Kill (1985). However, if one counts Sir Sean Connery's era as Bond from Dr. No (1962) to the unofficial Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983), his era playing James Bond spanned around 21 years.
  • "Shatterhand" was the official working title listed for the film on IMDb at least for a long time. 'Shatterhand' is the name of the alias name of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Ian Fleming's novel "You Only Live Twice". Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has confirmed 'Shatterhand' will not be the title of this movie.
  • The New York Times reported in July 2017 that Daniel Craig had a "verbal agreement" with James Bond film producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson that he would return for this Bond movie.
  • During the early development period of this film during 2016, one of the film's producers, Barbara Broccoli, produced William Shakespeare's "Othello" on the stage Off-Broadway, and set in a modern day army military camp barracks, with James Bond actor Daniel Craig playing Iago, and with David Oyelowo portraying the title character of Othello.
  • The film is scheduled to be released in the 55th Anniversary year for a number of commemorations relating to the year of 1964. Firstly, the release of Goldfinger (1964), secondly, producer and former screenwriter of the film franchise, Michael G. Wilson's involvement with the series , which started with that Bond movie, where Wilson made a cameo as an extra and was a third assistant director (both uncredited), thirdly, the publication of the Ian Fleming "You Only Live Twice" (1964) novel, which purportedly Bond 25 (2020) will be in part be based on, perhaps possibly also along with another Bond novel with arch villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld , "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1963), which was published the year before. Moreover, Bond 25 (2020) is allegedly going to be titled "Shatterhand", with a film called Old Shatterhand (1964) having premiered in this same 1964 year, fifty-five years earlier. Moreover, 1964 was also sadly the year in which James Bond creator Ian Fleming passed away.
  • This Bond movie is alleged to going to be called "Shatterhand". The name's origins in the James Bond universe are derived from the Ian Fleming James Bond novel "You Only Live Twice" (1964) where Ernst Stavro Blofeld masqueraded as Dr. Guntram Shatterhand. However, Blofeld was not the only character in this book who used "Shatterhand" as a cover name. The character of Irma Bunt, who appears in the Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), where she was portrayed by actress Ilse Steppat, went by the pseudonym of "Frau Emmy Shatterhand" (nee de Bedon) in the book, playing the wife of Dr. Guntram Shatterhand. The Irma Bunt character though did not appear in the movie version You Only Live Twice (1967).
  • The film, alleged to be going to be entitled "Shatterhand", would make it the fifth film in the James Bond film franchise to have a one word three syllable title, and the first for a Daniel Craig Bond movie. The one word three syllable story title for a James Bond story is very synonymous with the James Bond universe. Previously, there have been the Bond movies Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965), which were the first two really big Bond blockbusters at the box-office, then Moonraker (1979), and later, GoldenEye (1995), with all but the latter also sharing titles of source Ian Fleming James Bond original novels. If Bond 25 (2019) is ultimately called "Shatterhand", it will be the first film in the series to have a one word three syllable title since GoldenEye (1995), which is an interval of about twenty-four years. That movie was Pierce Brosnan first James Bond film where as Bond 25 (2019) will purportedly be Daniel Craig's last Bond movie, as stated by Craig on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015) in August 2017. Moreover, still unused as yet as a Bond movie title, is the original Ian Fleming James Bond short story "Risico", which also has a one word three syllable title. Characters and story elements from "Risico", which included drug smuggling and the characters of Columbo and Kristatos, were used for the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981), "Risico" being one of the five short stories that feature in Ian Fleming's James Bond anthology "For Your Eyes Only" (1960) book collection of short stories. James Bond continuation stories and novels which utilize one word three syllable titles include "Icebreaker" (1983), "Scorpius" (1988), "Brokenclaw" (1990), the "Goldeneye" (1995) novelization based on the film GoldenEye (1995), and "Doubleshot" (2000), with also a Young Bond novel called "SilverFin" (2005), and the James Bond comic book, "Flittermouse" (1983). Some spoof names for this type of one word three syllable Bond title have included National Lampoon's "Alligator" (1962) which also featured the spoof title "Lightningrod". And then there's also "Goldmember" [See: Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)] , "Goldginger" [See: The Amazing Doctor G (1965)], Pinkfinger (1965), "Greenfinger" [See: Greenfinger (1983)], and "Bronzefinger" [See: Bronzefinger (1966)].
  • The film allegedly has a working title of "Shatterhand". According to the book "James Bond: The Man and His World" (2005) by Henry Chancellor, "'Old Shatterhand' was a curiously named café that [Bond creator Ian] Fleming had seen in Hamburg in 1959". No Time to Die (2020) is debuting in 2020 which is the 61st anniversary of when Ian Fleming noted this 'Shatterhand' phrase in his famous notebook in 1959. There has already been a movie that shares the title of this café, Old Shatterhand (1964). Moreover, Hamburg is in Germany where Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) was in part shot. Ironically, one of the working titles for Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) reportedly was "Shatterhand".
  • The film was much rumoured to be called "Shatterhand" as this was the picture's official working title. This was not the first Bond-themed film to have this title. Shatterhand (2012) was a James Bond tribute film which debuted in the same year as Skyfall (2012). Other official Bond movies that share titles with previous Bond-related movies include GoldenEye (1995), which shares its title with a TV movie about Ian Fleming, Goldeneye (1989) (aka "The Man with the Golden Pen"); and Casino Royale (2006), of which there had been two earlier versions, Casino Royale (1967) and Casino Royale (1954). Since, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has confirmed 'Shatterhand' will not be the title of this movie.
  • Reportedly, Christoph Waltz has previously stated that he would not return to portray Ernst Stavro Blofeld if Daniel Craig did not also return to play James Bond. Now that Craig has confirmed this in August 2017 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015), it is likely that Waltz also will return, as the picture's alleged title, "Shatterhand", is derived from the Ian Fleming James Bond novel "You Only Live Twice (1964) which featured the Ernst Stavro Blofeld arch villain character. Reportedly, on 26th October 2017, Waltz said to Italian film website 'Talky Movie' on the red carpet at the Festa del Cinema di Roma, that he will not be returning as Blofeld for 'Bond 25' and said: "No, I'm sorry. I'm really sad, but that's the tradition, that there is a new...name. Sorry. I would've liked to."
  • According to an article published in 'The Sun' on 6th August 2017, "Naomie Harris is expected to return as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q and Ralph Fiennes as M, although no official announcements have been made."
  • Despite Skyfall (2012) being shot entirely in digital, and rumors that Bond movies would be shot digitally from then on, it has been reported that both Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2020) will be shot on 35mm film.
  • If Christoph Waltz returns to play Ernst Stavro Blofeld in this film, purportedly to be called "Shatterhand", Waltz would be the first actor in the James Bond film franchise to reprise a character of an arch-villain in a leading role in a Bond movie. Waltz would also be the first actor to play Blofeld twice in a leading role in a Bond movie. Jesper Christensen was the first actor to play the same Bond villain or henchmen more than twice in a theatrical James Bond cinema movie [See: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008) and Spectre (2015)]. Christensen beat the pre-existing tie between Anthony Dawson playing Ernst Stavro Blofeld in both Thunderball (1965) and From Russia with Love (1963) (in small roles) and Richard Kiel playing Jaws in both Moonraker (1979) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Kiel did also portray Jaws in the video-game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003). Reportedly, on 26th October 2017, Waltz said to Italian film website 'Talky Movie' on the red carpet at the Festa del Cinema di Roma, that he will not be returning as Blofeld for 'Bond 25' and said: "No, I'm sorry. I'm really sad, but that's the tradition, that there is a new...name. Sorry. I would've liked to."
  • If this film is called "Shatterhand", as has been purported, this will be the third consecutive film in the series to have a one word title, a first for the series. The two previous Bond movies were Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).
  • Daniel Craig announced that he would be returning to the role of James Bond with this movie on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015) in August 2017 whilst doing press (publicity) for Logan Lucky (2017). In that film, Craig plays a character called "Joe Bang", which has the same "J.B." initials as "James Bond", and in a sense, this is a play on the name of the James Bond character. The timing of the announcement has been considered to be an asset for the promotion of Logan Lucky (2017).
  • Third and final James Bond movie filmed during the 2010s decade which has produced three Bond films with this movie as well as Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015) preceding it during the 2010s decade. However, this Bond film will not actually be released until 2020, making those two Bond movies the only Bond films that debuted during the 2010s decade.
  • The seventh screenplay for a James Bond movie written by regular Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Their first was for The World Is Not Enough (1999). When the film is released in 2020, it will mark the 21st anniversary year of their involvement with the series, since their screenplay for that 1999 Bond movie.
  • Reportedly, Daniel Craig is expected to going to be dramatically cutting back on doing any dangerous stunt work in this film, due to his age and his injury on Spectre (2015). The UK 'Mirror' newspaper has reported a source has said: "It's a big bone of contention. Rachel [wife Rachel Weisz] doesn't want him in agony again. None of his aches and pains have gone away completely" and "there's a legacy to all these injuries and she lives with them. They've come to an agreement about how hard he will push himself and he is pulling back from the edge this time. It's a prerequisite." Craig has said: "I knackered my knee and had surgery, I've had my right shoulder reconstructed, my other knee operated on and my thumb got hurt." Gary Powell, stunt co-ordinator for Craig, added that it will be hard to get him to slow down: "He's intrepid. It's pretty hard to stop him. But he lives with the injuries and those aches and pains stay with you long after filming." Reportedly, a source has said that Weisz has lost sleep at night and cannot fathom seeing her husband potentially getting injured on a big action movie shoot which she has allegedly nick-named "the boxing ring".
  • With this film, in terms of years of tenure playing the role of James Bond, Daniel Craig will mark thirteen years in the part in the official series, which started with Casino Royale (2006), beating Roger Moore's record of twelve years, from Live and Let Die (1973) to A View to a Kill (1985), but with less films, five compared to seven. Reportedly, Craig has said that the thirteen year milestone would "make history" for the series and was one of the reasons he was allegedly enticed back to the role. Sean Connery's tenure in the official series ran for about nine years, with six films, between Dr. No (1962) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971), with one interval film without him (On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)). If one includes the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983), Connery's tenure as James Bond spans over two decades, peaking at twenty-one years.
  • The film in mid 2017 was reported to going to film in Croatia, and particularly in Dubrovnik. Reportedly, a mayor stated that the filmmakers were scouting locations there, with the production allegedly furious that this had been revealed. Other locations for this film that were touted were France and Japan, with the latter suggesting that unused story elements from the Ian Fleming James Bond novel "You Only Live Twice" (1964) will be used (e.g. a Castle and a Garden of Death), and alas this would mean the return of the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld from Spectre (2015)_, as the source book and film You Only Live Twice (1967) were mostly set in Japan. This was the first Bond movie to markedly deviate from the source novel's plot which allows a number of unused story elements that could be used with Blofeld's alias name from the book, "Shatterhand", potentially functioning as the title, and this is what has been reported. Moreover, Dusko Popov, was secret double agent during World War II, and grew up in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Popov was a spy who is said to have loved women, particularly with two at once, and this gave him the nick-name of "tricycle". James Bond creator Ian Fleming purportedly based his James Bond character on him, or at least allegedly in part.
  • In January 2017, co-screenwriter Neal Purvis told the Telegraph newspaper that they did not know how to place the character of James Bond in a world where Donald Trump is the US President. Purvis said: "I'm just not sure how you would go about writing a James Bond film now," and, "each time, you've got to say something about Bond's place in the world, which is Britain's place in the world. But things are moving so quickly now, that becomes tricky. With people like Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality. So when they do another one, it will be interesting to see how they deal with the fact that the world has become a fantasy." Previously, Democrat American President John F. Kennedy had been a big fan of James Bond, particularly the novel "From Russia With Love". JFK listed Ian Fleming's 1957 book as among his top ten favorite novels of all time. That list was published in Life Magazine on 17th March 1961. Possibly as a result, the then Bond producers decided to make the second James Bond movie From Russia with Love (1963). According to the book "Death of a President" (1964) by William Raymond Manchester, this was the last motion picture JFK ever saw, which was at a private screening at the White House on 20th November 1963.
  • James Bond series regulars since Skyfall (2012), Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, whose characters of Q and Moneypenny respectively were re-introduced to the series with that Bond movie, have both appeared in other espionage filmed productions since their last Bond movie role reprisals in Spectre (2015). Whishaw has starred in the London Spy (2015) mini-series for television whilst Harris has starred in the filmed adaptation of John le Carré's Our Kind of Traitor (2016).
  • Daniel Craig will have played James Bond for the longest amount of time in the official series, beating Sean Connery and Roger Moore. Nowadays, several years pass between films as opposed to when Connery and Moore would appear in an installment every one or two years, so both have more Bond films under their belt than Craig. However, Connery still holds the record if one counts the unofficial Bond movie 'Never Say Never Again'.
  • As of 24th May 2018, it was announced that this film will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures. This is the first of the Daniel Craig James Bond movies to not be distributed by Sony / Columbia Pictures in non-USA foreign territories.
  • Julie Walters suggested herself as a possible female villain in this film, such as Rosa Klebb, while working with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli on Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017). Walters, admittedly, had not heard back as of July 2017.
  • On 21st August 2018, star Daniel Craig and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, announced via the official James Bond Twitter account, that due to creative differences, the film's director Danny Boyle had decided to no longer direct 'Bond 25'.
  • After Danny Boyle left the project, a short-list of potential directors included: Jean-Marc Vallée, David Mackenzie, Yann Demange, and Edgar Wright.
  • Cary Joji Fukunaga replaced Danny Boyle as the film's director. On Thursday 20th September 2018 it was announced that Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the 25th Bond film. Boyle, the previous director signed to the project, had left one month earlier on 21st August 21st that year. Many directors were considered for replacement, with the short-list rumored to include Jean-Marc Vallée, David Mackenzie, Denis Villeneuve, Yann Demange, Edward Berger, and Edgar Wright. Fukunaga is known for his directorial work on the first season of True Detective (2014), Beasts of No Nation (2015), and Netflix limited series Maniac (2018), which premiered the day after his announcement.
  • The film's original North American theatrical release date was November 8th, 2019. This would have released exactly four years and two days after the last Bond film, Spectre (2015). Bond 25's release date was pushed back a second time by three months and five days, to February 14th, 2020.
  • Cary Fukunaga is the first American director to direct an official Bond film. Fukunaga is also the first director of Asian heritage to direct a James Bond film.
  • Production was delayed so Daniel Craig could also star in Knives Out (2019).
  • John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Lang, Michael Biehn, Keanu Reeves, Michael cudlitz, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mark Dacascos, Lou Diamond Phillips, Kiefer Sutherland, Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Richard Dreyfuss, Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Michael Keaton, Benedict cumberbatch, Gabriel Byrne, Ray Liotta, and Robert Patrick are being considered for the villain.
  • This will be the first James Bond movie to be shot with an IMAX Camera. Previous Bond films exhibited in IMAX theaters were converted by upscaling to the IMAX format i.e. they were optimized for IMAX theaters. 'Bond 25' it will also be filmed with 65mm Panavision cameras.
  • Third time actor Jeffrey Wright has played the Felix Leiter character and the first appearance of the character in the series since 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) which is an interval of about a twelve years. In reprising the role, Wright is the first actor to play the character in three James Bond movies. Previously, Wright was tied with actor David Hedison as the only actors to play Leiter twice. Wright previously played Leiter in 'Casino Royale' (2006) and 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • First collaboration of actor Daniel Craig and actress Ana de Armas since Knives Out (2019).
  • Both Rami Malek and Ralph Fiennes voiced animals in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle (2020).
  • Actor Billy Magnussen's first collaboration with director Cary Fukunaga since Maniac (2018).
  • The first collaboration of actors Actors Daniel Craig and David Dencik since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).
  • The 2nd collaboration between Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas. They'll first be seen together in Knives Out(2019).
  • First James Bond movie to feature all the characters of Q, Felix Leiter, Miss Moneypenny, and an M character who is male since Licence to Kill (1989), which is an interval of about thirty-one years.
  • Upon release, this will be the first Bond movie not to feature Judi Dench in 31 years, since Licence To Kill (1989).
  • Rami Malek is the third consecutive actor to play a Bond villain and to have won an Oscar and is the fifth overall. Previous Bond Villains who have won Oscars are Benicio Del Toro, Christopher Walken, Christoph Waltz and Javier Bardem. Robert Shaw and Telly Savalas were nominated for Oscars but didn't win.
  • At age 38, Rami Malek is the same age as Daniel Craig was when he first starred as James Bond in Casino Royale (2006).
  • With this film, Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the second female screenwriter credited for writing on a James Bond film after Johanna Harwood for both Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963).
  • First James Bond movie of the 2020s decade though the film will complete shooting in 2019.
  • Third James Bond movie to film in Jamaica after 'Dr No' (1962) and 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • First James Bond movie to film in Jamaica since 'Live and Let Die' (1973) with this being an interval of about forty-six years.
  • Actresses Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch appearing in this film are both of Jamaican descent. This movie features Jamaica as one of the major filming locations. Naomie Harris' mother is from Jamaica, where Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond stories at his Goldeneye estate. Lynch is the fifth actress of Jamaican descent to play a Bond Girl whilst Naomie Harris was the fourth actress of Jamaican descent to play a Bond Girl, starting with 'Skyfall' (2012), then 'Spectre' (2015). American Grace Jones was the third in A View to a Kill (1985). Jones was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, whereas Harris' mother is from Jamaica, Naomie spent some time there as a child. Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond stories at Goldeneye in Jamaica. The first Bond Girl in the official franchise, was Swiss actress Ursula Andress, who was first seen in a white bikini emerging from the tranquil sea waters of Jamaica in Dr. No (1962). Marguerite LeWars was the first in Dr. No (1962). LeWars was the reigning Miss Jamaica, and was cast in the film when the production crew encountered her at Kingston Airport, where she had been an employee there. Martine Beswick is the second Jamaican actress, and the only Jamaican who was cast twice: as the gypsy Zora in From Russia with Love (1963), and as the doomed Paula in Thunderball (1965).
  • First ever James Bond movie to world premiere and be first released globally in a year ending with the digit 0, with this movie debuting in the year 2020. Interestingly, Bond's code-number is 007, yet no Bond movie has ever world premiered in a 0 digit ending year. After making their world premieres in a year ending with the digit 9, 'Moonraker' (1979), 'Licence to Kill' (1989), and 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969) all were later first released in some territories in a 0 digit ending year, but all three had previously premiered in a 9 digit ending year in the majority of territories.
  • The official BOND 25 Live Reveal for this motion picture was held on 25th April 2019 at the Goldeneye Resort in Oracabessa, Jamaica.
  • Three explosions accidentally went off on the set at the 007 Stafe at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Reportedly, part of the 007 Stage roof fell off, as well as some wall panels. One crew member suffered minor injuries.
  • Producer Barbara Broccoli confirmed 'Shatterhand' would not be the title of this movie around March 2019 when she signed a piece of fan art for autograph hunter India Grace that included the word 'Shatterhand' on it.
  • This James Bond movie is being completely filmed in 2019 which is an anniversary year for the film of four earlier Bond films. 2019 is the 20th Anniversary year of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1999), the 30th Anniversary year of 'Licence to Kill' (1989), the 40th Anniversary year of 'Moonraker' (1979), and the 50th Anniversary year of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969). Moreover, 'Bond 25' (2020) will premiere in the 5th Anniversary year of 'Spectre' (2015), the 25th Anniversary year of 'Goldeneye' (1995), the 35th Anniversary year of 'A View to a Kill' (1985), and the 55th Anniversary year of 'Thunderball' (1965).
  • Third James Bond movie to film in Norway. The first was 'You Only live Twice' (1967) where the exterior of the Russian radar station was filmed at Mågerø in Norway for that Bond movie's opening sequence. The second was 'Die Another Day' (2002) where Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway was used for filming ice cliffs for a cgi plate. Additional filming was also conducted at the Jostedal Glacier National Park in Luster, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway for the ice car chase and the ice palace environs. However, this third time filming in Norwayfor a Bond film is the first time that Norway is featuring as a central major filming location in a Bond movie as the amount of filming for the earlier two Bond films shot in Norway was only minimal.
  • The North American release date in the USA was pushed back from 14th February 2020 to 8th April 2020.
  • According to IndieWire, this movie "will go large-format with 65mm Panavision and IMAX 65mm (to shoot the action sequences) for the first time in franchise history."
  • The film's official synopsis reads: "James Bond has left active service when his friend Felix Leiter enlists his help in the search for a missing scientist. When it becomes apparent that they were abducted, Bond must confront a danger the likes of which the world has never seen."
  • Producer Barbara Broccoli has said of this Bond movie: "Bond is not on active service when we start the film. He's enjoying himself while in Jamaica, start his journey here. We built a extraordinary house for him. Five hundred local people are working on the film already."
  • Fourth James Bond film starring Daniel Craig to film in Italy. The earlier ones were 'Casino Royale' (2006), 'Quantum of Solace' (2008), and 'Spectre' (2015). With the announcement in 2019 that Bond 25 (2020) will be filming scenes in Matera in Italy, 'Skyfall' (2012) becomes the only Bond film starring Daniel Craig not to have any scenes set or shot in Italy.
  • The filming location of Matera in Italy is rumored and expected to be, according to industry insiders, be staging this movie's pre-credits action sequence, and is expected to be of the size and style of the one which was filmed in Mexico for 'Spectre' (2015).
  • Debuting James Bond franchise co-scriptwriter Scott Z. Burns previously was a screenwriter on the Jason Bourne franchise spy film 'The Bourne Ultimatum' which ironically debuted in the year Two - 007 (2007).
  • Léa Seydoux is the first actress to play a non-regular Bond Girl in successive James Bond films since Eunice Gayson portrayed Sylvia Trench in 'Dr. No' (1962) and then in 'From Russia With Love' (1963). The character of Trench was originally intended to be a regular in the series but was halted after the second appearance.
  • Though the official announcement event and its associated twenty minute launch video [See: 'Bond 25: Live Reveal' (2019)] were hosted at the Goldeneye estate and resort where Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond stories and novels, and the movie itself is being partly filmed in Jamaica, the 'Goldeneye' site in Oracabessa in Jamaica itself is not being used as a filming location for this film.
  • Metro Goldwyn Mayer will release this 25th James Bond feature film domestically in the USA through their United Artists Releasing banner on 8th April 2020; through Universal Pictures International globally in non-US & UK territories, and through Metro Goldwyn Mayer in the UK on 3rd April 3 2020.
  • The official launch and announcement for the film took place at GoldenEye in Jamaica, once the home of Ian Fleming, where he created the James Bond character in 1952. Ian Fleming wrote twelve novels and two collections of short stories on the island. GoldenEye is owned and operated by Island Outpost, founded by Chris Blackwell who formerly owned Island Records. GoldenEye though will not be used as a filming location for 'Bond 25'.
  • The movies's producers, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, have commented, "We're thrilled to return to Jamaica with 'Bond 25', Daniel Craig's fifth installment in the 007 series, where Ian Fleming created the iconic James Bond character and 'Dr. No' and 'Live And Let Die' were filmed."
  • Rumoured titles for this picture have included "Eclipse", "Shatterhand", and "A Reason to Die". No title for the movie was available at the official launch event on 25th April 2019, where it has been reported that the title "A Reason to Die" was allegedly dropped by the production just the day/night before on 24/04/2019.
  • The Matera location in Italy, which is apparently being used for the pre-credits action sequence in this film, reportedly was actually first location scouted for the pre-titles opening car chase for the earlier James Bond movie 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  • Reportedly, African actress Lupita Nyong'o was apparently sought for a role, but was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts, as she is committed to both '355' and 'The Killer' . The relevant part is believed to have been filled by actress Lashana Lynch who portrays Nomi.
  • Scotland is rumored to also being used as a filming location for this movie for about a week's shooting.
  • 'B25' is the title of the film seen on clapperboard slates for filming this movie. Moreover, 'B25 Limited' is the name of the holding company which has been set up by the production in order to process accounts and business relevant to the making of 'Bond 25'.
  • The film is being shot on one continent, Europe, and across five countries: Jamaica, Italy, Norway, Scotland, and England, with these last four all being European nations.
  • Eighth James Bond film to shoot in Italy with the movie filming in Matera. The previous pictures were [in order]: 'From Russia with Love' (1963) in Venice; 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977) in Costa Smeralda in Sardinia; 'Moonraker' (1979) in Venice; 'For Your Eyes Only (1981) in Cortina d'Ampezzo; 'Casino Royale' (2006)' in Venice and Lake Como; 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) in Siena & Talamone; as well as 'Spectre' (2015) in Rome.
  • First ever James Bond movie where the character is, at least at the start of the film, officially retired and out of the service in retirement.
  • First James Bond movie to be distributed by the Universal Pictures studio, at least in part, as they will be distributing the movie in non-USA territories, as did the previous foreign distributor of the last four pictures, Sony / Columbia Pictures. The film is expected to feature the Universal Pictures studio logo at the start of the movie, as the Columbia Pictures logo did. This movie will also be the first James Bond film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond not to be distributed by the Sony / Columbia Pictures studio.
  • An early short promotional gun barrel sequence was released in black and white in June 2019 mirroring the one that was used for 'Casino Royale' (2006) and suggesting the possibility that the series traditional gun barrel sequence will not be used for 'Bond 25' (2020).
  • Actress Ana de Armas, who plays the character of Paloma, appeared at the 25th April 2019 Bond 25 Live Reveal launch announcement event in a white lace dress with a negligee-like see through top. The actress previously appeared topless in the Keanu Reeves movie 'Knock Knock' (2015) which debuted in the same year as the last Bond movie, 'Spectre' (2015).
  • Cameo: Michael G. Wilson. The producer and long-time series associate, as subtly mentioned at the Bond 25 Live Reveal event, in a yet undisclosed part.
  • Actress Grace Jones, who is of Jamaican descent, has been rumored to possibly be making a cameo appearance in this James Bond film, whose principal filming location is Jamaica. Two of this movie's actresses, Lashana Lynch and Naomie Harris, are both of Jamaican descent. Jones starred as May Day in the earlier James Bond movie, 'A View to a Kill' (1985).
  • Between this James Bond movie and the previous one, Spectre (2015), the films' producers, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, produced a non-Bond picture, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017), their first non-Bond dramatic feature film produced together.
  • The first release of this movie will mark the second longest hiatus in the official James Bond series. The interval between this picture and 'Spectre' (2015) is around five years, though it is actually four years and four months. The longest gap between Bond movies was six years between 'Licence to Kill' (1989) and 'Goldeneye' (1995). The third longest interval, a four year gap, occurred twice, between 'Die Another Day' (2002) and 'Casino Royale' (2006), and once again, between 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) and 'Skyfall' (2012).
  • Andy Serkis was rumored to be replacing Christoph Waltz as Blofeld if Daniel Craig didn't come back for this film, assuming the Blofeld character would be in this movie, as Waltz has reportedly stated that he won't play Blofeld again without Craig also playing James Bond. Reportedly, on 26th October 2017, Waltz said to Italian film website 'Talky Movie' on the red carpet at the Festa del Cinema di Roma, that he will not be returning as Blofeld for 'Bond 25' and said: "No, I'm sorry. I'm really sad, but that's the tradition, that there is a new...name. Sorry. I would've liked to."
  • Of all the three James Bond movies to film in Jamaica, 'Dr No' (1962), 'Live and Let Die' (1973), and 'Bond 25' (2020), all three have featured the CIA agent Felix Leiter character. He is played in each of these James Bond films by Jack Lord, David Hedison, and Jeffrey Wright respectively.
  • First James Bond movie to feature two lead / major Bond Girls who are black. They are actresses Lashana Lynch and Naomie Harris who play Nomi and Eve Moneypenny respectively. In 2015, when 'Spectre' was released, Essence and the African-American Film Critics Association produced the event "Black Women of Bond", held at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles in California, USA, it being a "tribute to honor the contributions of Black actresses to the iconic franchise."
  • This James Bond film features Jamaica as a major filming location. Five of the actual original James Bond novels and short stories written by Ian Fleming at the Goldeneye estate in this country featured Jamaica as a setting. They were (in order): The novel 'Live and Let Die' (1954); the novel 'Dr. No' (1958); the short story 'For Your Eyes Only' (1960); the novel 'The Man with the Golden Gun' (1965); and the short story 'Octopussy' (1966).
  • The director of this James Bond movie is Cary Joji Fukunaga. One of the real-life settings of the James Bond novel 'You Only Live Twice' (1964) by Ian Fleming featured "Fukuoka", which is a similarly sounding place name in Japan to the director's last name.
  • James Bond movies, according to 'The Morning Call', "have usually been announced in Britain but this time, the cast and filmmakers flocked to Fleming's Goldeneye villa in Jamaica for a live-streamed announcement".
  • First James Bond movie to film in the Carribbean region since 'Casino Royale' (2006) which shot in the Bahamas - an interval of about fourteen years. Filming in Jamaica is one of 'Bond 25's major settings. 'Casino Royale' (2006) was Daniel Craig's first Bond movie whilst 'Bond 25' (2020) is expected to be his final as James Bond.
  • First James Bond film to feature a major leading Bond Girl from Cuba with the casting of Cuban born actress Ana de Armas who plays Paloma.
  • Reportedly, James Bond actor Daniel Craig personally hand-picked Cuban actress Ana de Armas to play love-interest Paloma in this Bond movie, after working with her on 'Knives Out' (2019), which first releases about only four months before 'Bond 25' (2020).
  • Cuban actress Ana de Armas, who plays the Bond Girl Paloma in this picture, made her big screen debut in the Spanish movie 'Virgin Rose' ('Una rosa de Francia') which premiered in 2006 - the same year as Daniel Craig's first James Bond movie 'Casino Royale'.
  • Both actor Daniel Craig and actress Ana de Armas have starred in a movie with Harrison Ford. Craig was in Cowboys & Aliens (2011) whilst de Armas was in Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Both films were science fiction pictures.
  • Cuban actress Ana de Armas recently appeared in the Beatles tribute movie 'Yesterday' (2019), directed by Danny Boyle, who was for a long time, going to be the director of 'Bond 25' (2020), before he departed the production. Daniel Craig had previously worked with Boyle on the 2012 London Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony.
  • Prince Charles visited the set at Pinewood Studios on 20th June 2019 where he met with star Daniel Craig, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, cast members Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Lashana Lynch, special effects head Chris Corbould, and various other dignitaries, studio heads and crew members. He was shown two Aston Martin vehicles - the traditional gun metal grey DB5 and the 1986/1987 5.3 liter Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante Series 2 model, last seen in the series in 'The Living Daylights' (1987). Ironically, it was for this earlier James Bond film which was the last time that Prince Charles visited a James Bond set, in 1986, with Princess Diana, where they met actor Timothy Dalton, who was the actor playing James Bond at the time.
  • This will be the first Bond film since Die Another Day (2002) to be distributed theatrically by MGM in the US. When they secured a deal for the film with Universal in 2018, which covers both international theatrical distribution and worldwide home entertainment distribution, MGM reclaimed the US theatrical rights through a joint distribution venture they formed with Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures. On February 5, 2019, MGM and Annapurna relaunched United Artists to expand their joint venture and re-brand Annapurna's one-time distribution arm, making this the first Bond film since The World Is Not Enough (1999) to be distributed under the UA brand. (UA had been a home to the franchise for 38 years since its initial launch in 1962).
  • This will be the first Bond film since Die Another Day (2002) to be distributed theatrically by MGM in the US. When they secured a deal for the film with Universal in 2018, which covers both international theatrical distribution and worldwide home entertainment distribution, MGM reclaimed the US theatrical rights through a joint distribution venture they formed with Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures. On February 5, 2019, MGM and Annapurna relaunched United Artists to expand their joint venture and re-brand Annapurna's one-time theatrical distribution arm under the United Artists Releasing banner, making this the first Bond film since The World Is Not Enough (1999) to be distributed with the UA brand. (UA had been a home to the franchise for 38 years since its initial launch in 1962).
  • Prince Charles visited the set at Pinewood Studios on 20th June 2019 where he met with star Daniel Craig, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, cast members Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Lashana Lynch, special effects head Chris Corbould, and various other dignitaries, studio heads and crew members. He was shown two Aston Martin vehicles - the traditional gun metal gray DB5 and the 1986/1987 5.3 liter Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante Series 2 model, last seen in the series in 'The Living Daylights' (1987). Ironically, it was for this earlier James Bond film which was the last time that Prince Charles visited a James Bond set, in 1986, with Princess Diana, where they met actor Timothy Dalton, who was the actor playing James Bond at the time.
  • First James Bond movie with the Ralph Fiennes' M character, Ben Whishaw's Q character, and Naomie Harris' Miss Moneypenny character, to feature the Felix Leiter character as well. The trio all started in 'Skyfall' (2012), then returned in 'Spectre' (2015), but neither of these movies featured Jeffrey Wright's Felix Leiter character, who had preceded them in both 'Casino Royale' (2006) and 'Quantum of Solace' (2008), but did not appear in both 'Skyfall' (2012) and 'Spectre' (2015).
  • First James Bond film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond to feature Q, Felix Leiter, and Miss Moneypenny characters all in the same James Bond movie. Moreover, it is the first time that a James Bond film starring Daniel Craig features both the Felix Leiter character and the M character played by Ralph Fiennes.
  • First James Bond film to feature a black Felix Leiter character and a black Miss Moneypenny character in the same James Bond movie. The series regular characters are played by Jeffrey Wright and Naomie Harris respectively. In 2015, when 'Spectre' (2015) debuted, the African American Film Critics Association hosted a tribute event to "The Black Women of Bond" at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, USA.
  • Third James Bond movie for actors Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), and Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny).
  • First James Bond film to feature Cuba as a setting since 'Die Another Day' (2002) which is an interval of about eighteen years. However, the picture will not do any filming in Cuba, with Jamaica and Pinewood studios doubling for the small nation. For the earlier 'Die Another Day' (2002), the production went to Cuba to source locations, but they were unable to shoot there, due to U.S. legislations, so Cuba was re-created in a combination of Pinewood Studios outside of London, England, and at Cadiz in Andalucía, Spain. 'Bond 25' (2020) features the first ever lead/major Cuban Bond Girl, Paloma, portrayed by Cuban born actress Ana de Armas. Moreover, the even earlier James Bond movie 'Goldeneye' (1995) was also partially set in Cuba, with the Goldeneye Satellite Dish set there, but this was actually portrayed by the Arecibo Observatory situated in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The official live reveal launch of 'Bond 25' (2020) was held at the Goldeneye Estate in Jamaica.
  • Fourth consecutive James Bond film, after Spectre (2015), Skyfall (2012), and Quantum of Solace (2008), where Rory Kinnear played the Mi6 Chief of Staff character of "Tanner". With Spectre (2015), Kinnear took the record for playing the character the most times in a Bond movie, previously having tied with Michael Kitchen, who portrayed Tanner twice in GoldenEye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999) (as well as voicing the character with his image in the video game The World Is Not Enough (2000)). Kinnear has also voiced Tanner with his image in three James Bond video games, they being 007 Legends (2012), GoldenEye 007 (2010), and James Bond 007: Bloodstone (2010). Taking all of these, this takes Kinnear's appearances as "Tanner" in all Bond visual media to six times. James Villiers and Michael Goodliffe each played the "Tanner" character once in Bond films, in For Your Eyes Only (1981) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), respectively.
  • The movie's official twenty minute launch video, 'Bond 25: Live Reveal' (2019), was predominantly filmed at the Goldeneye estate in Jamaica. 'Bond 25' (2020) will actually debut in the 25th Anniversary year of 'Goldeneye' (1995) giving two dimensions to the No. 25: It will be the 25th James Bond movie as well as premiering in in the 25th Anniversary year of the earlier James Bond film 'Goldeneye' (1995).
  • First James Bond film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond not to feature the Sony / Columbia Pictures studio logo at the start of the movie nor be distributed by that studio in any territories.
  • First James Bond movie to be released in the official series' 007th decade of the film franchise. The first was the 1960s, the second was the 1970s, the third was the 1980s, the fourth was the 1990s, the fifth was the 2000s, the sixth was the 2010s, and the 007th is the 2020s.
  • Daniel Craig has played James Bond at least once in three different decades: the 2000s, the 2010s, and the 2020s. This equals the record previously set by Sean Connery who portrayed James Bond at least once in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Connery played Bond once only during the 1970s ('Diamonds are Forever' (1971)) and 1980s ('Never Say Never Again' (1983)) whilst Craig will play Bond once during the 2020s as 'Bond 25' (2020) is said to be his last Bond movie.
  • In late June 2019, it was reported in the media that there has been a title for this movie, 'A Reason to Die', which was to be announced during the late April launch event, 'Bond 25: Live Reveal' (2020), but was allegedly pulled the night before by senior figures in the production for not being Bond enough. If 'A Reason to Die' was to become the title of 'Bond 25' (2020), it would be the fourth James Bond film to feature the word "die(s)" in the title, after 'Live and Let Die' (1973), ''Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997), and 'Die Another Day' (2002). Further, the theme song for 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) was called 'Another Way to Die'. Moreover, the phrase 'A Reason to Die' formed part of the title for the early 1970s spaghetti western, 'A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die' (1972), which co-starred Telly Savalas, who had played Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the earlier James Bond film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  • The first release of this James Bond movie in 2020 marks the 25th Anniversary year of the Bond film franchise producing team of producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson whose first Bond movie they produced together as head producers was 'Goldeneye' (1995).
  • The filming of this movie in 2019 marks the 55th Anniversary year of producer Michael G. Wilson's association with the series which started with 'Goldfinger' (1964) where he featured in the film uncredited as a soldier at Fort Knox.
  • Third James Bond movie in the official series to feature Cuba as a setting. The first was 'Goldeneye' (1995) whilst the second was 'Die Another Day' (2002). 'Bond 25' (2020) is the first non-Pierce Brosnan James Bond film to feature Cuba as a setting and is being first released in the 25th Anniversary year of 'Goldeneye' (1995).
  • It marks as the second longest gap in between Bond movies. In between this film and the previous entry Spectre (2015), it's a distance of five years. The longest gap was of six years in between Licence to Kill (1989) and GoldenEye (1995).
  • With the announcement of Christoph Waltz returning to play Ernst Stavro Blofeld, this marks the first time in fifty-four years that an actor (the uncredited Anthony Dawson before) played the SPECTRE mastermind more than once.
  • Christoph Waltz who appeared as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Spectre (2015), has said multiple times ever since that movie that he wasn't interested in returning in a future James Bond movie, if Daniel Craig didn't return. When Daniel Craig announced that he would return for Bond 25 (2020), Waltz later changed his mind in late-2017 and said he wasn't interested in returning at all, because he felt his character had served his purpose in the James Bond story. On July 13th 2019, Waltz had a change of heart again, is it was confirmed that he would in fact return as Blofeld in Bond 25 (2020).
  • Cast Members Christoph Waltz and Léa Seydoux both previously appeared in 'Spectre' (2015) and in Inglourious Basterds (2009).
  • Ben Whishaw (Q) and Rory Kinnear (Tanner) both previously appeared in 'Skyfall (2012), 'Spectre' (2015), and 'The Hollow Crown' (2012).
  • In 2007, Bond Girl Léa Seydoux appeared in French director Catherine Breillat's French film The Last Mistress (2007) ("The Last Mistress", "Une Vieille Matresse", "An Old Mistress") which also featured Michael Lonsdale, who had portrayed the villain Drax in the earlier Bond movie Moonraker (1979). Lonsdale also worked with Daniel Craig in Munich (2005). Léa Seydoux's first Bond movie was 'Spectre' (2015).
  • The eighth movie in the official James Bond film franchise to feature S.P.E.C.T.R.E., while it has also appeared in the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983). The seven official James Bond franchise movies, where S.P.E.C.T.R.E. has previously appeared, include: Dr. No (1962), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), From Russia with Love (1963), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), and 'Spectre' (2015).
  • The Ernst Stavro Blofeld character, who is played by Christoph Waltz in this James Bond film, has appeared in the following James Bond movies and video games (in order): From Russia with Love (1963), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), informally in the official For Your Eyes Only (1981), in the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983), GoldenEye 007 (2010), GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004), 007 Legends (2012), 'Spectre' (2015), and this movie.
  • S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agents in the earlier Bond films often wore a gold "Ring of Evil". According to the book "James Bond: The Secret World of 007" (2006) by Alastair Dougall, "Top operatives of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., and (Ernst Stavro) Blofeld himself, could sometimes be recognized by a distinctive octopus ring, which symbolized the organization's tentacular reach into the murkiest depths of world crime."
  • The Ian Fleming James Bond novels which prominently feature S.P.E.C.T.R.E total to only two: "Thunderball" (1961) and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1963). S.P.E.C.T.R.E. features in a more minor capacity in two other Fleming Bond novels, "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1962) and "You Only Live Twice" (1964), with the latter having Blofeld operate without S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Though S.P.E.C.T.R.E. appears in the Bond movies Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963), S.P.E.C.T.R.E. did not actually feature in those films' source Fleming Bond novels, nor does S.P.E.C.T.R.E. feature in the Fleming source novels of the James Bond films Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and You Only Live Twice (1967), where S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is arguably represented, as both movie's feature arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion.
  • Bond Girl actress Lea Seydoux, who reprises her Dr. Madeleine Swann role from 'Spectre' (2015), has appeared in another spy film franchise. She previously portrayed Sabine Moreau in 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol' (2011).
  • The plot line about James Bond having left the service and having been asked for help has already been used in the non-series James Bond parody Casino Royale (1967), which is also based on the motives by Ian Fleming.
  • The James Bond character has long been associated with the Cold War. Actor Ralph Fiennes, who portrays M / Mallory, directed a dramatic biopic feature film called 'The White Crow' (2018), which was first released between 'Spectre' (2015) and 'Bond 25' (2020), and covers the defection from the former Soviet Union to the west of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. After a number of film festival screenings in 2018, 'The White Crow' (2018) started theatrically releasing widely in a number of territories from around March 2019 which was around the time when 'Bond 25' (2020) started filming.
  • Actor Ralph Fiennes, who portrays M / Mallory, will be seen as Duke of Oxford in 'The Kings Man' (2020), the third Kingsman secret service movie, which first releases on Valentine's Day 14th February 2020 which is about just 007 weeks prior to 'Bond 25' (2020).
  • First time that a 'Kingsman' film has first released in the same year as a James Bond movie. 'The Kings Man' (2020) (aka 'Kingsman 3') premieres in the same 2020 year as 'Bond 25' (2020) whereas 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' (2014) and 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' (2017) both debuted in non-Bond movie release years. The Kingsman series is a modern take on James Bond. Director Matthew Vaughn has described his Kingsman pictures as a love letter to the old-time James Bond movies.
  • Fifth James Bond movie to film in Scotland. The fourth was 'Skyfall' (2012) which shot in the Highlands at Glencoe and Glen Etive. The first, From Russia with Love (1963), filmed at various locations in the Argyll and Bute region). The second, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), filmed at the Faslane Naval base whilst the third, The World Is Not Enough (1999), filmed at Eilean Donan Castle at Kyle of Lochalsh in the Highlands. 'Bond 25' (2020) is the sixth Bond film to shoot in Scotland if one includes the unofficial Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967) which shot in Killin in Stirling. Sir Sean Connery, the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen, was a Scot. The Scottish Dalness Estate once belonged to the Fleming family and James Bond creator Ian Fleming loved the Scottish region so much that he gave the James Bond character a Scottish genealogical lineage. The character's father, Andrew, comes from Glencoe, where 'Skyfall' (2012) filmed alongside the Buachaille Etive Mor mountain. Moreover, in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), James Bond is seen wearing a kilt.
  • It is the fourth Bond film to have 'Die' in the title after Live and Let Die (1973), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and Die Another Day (2002)
  • Second James Bond movie in the official series to film in Jamaica and feature either the words "die" or "no" in the title. The first Bond film to film in Jamaica and have the word "no" in the title was 'Dr. No' (1962) whilst the first Bond film to film in Jamaica and have the word "die" in the title was 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
  • Fourth James Bond movie in the official series with a four word title. The first was 'From Russia with Love' (1963), the second was 'Live and Let Die' (1973), and the third was 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981). It's the fifth if one counts the unofficial Bond movie 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • Second James Bond movie to feature the word "no" in the title. The first was 'Dr. No' (1962) which was the first James Bond movie in the official series. The interval between the movies is fifty-eight years.
  • The movie's "No Time to Die" is the not the name of any original James Bond novel or short story by Ian Fleming or any continuation novel or short story by another writer nor does it allegedly have any connection in terms of wording or phraseology, such as the name of a chapter title, with James Bond creator Ian Fleming. "No Time to Die" is the fourth James Bond film in the official series not to have any direct connection with Fleming. The first was "Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997), the second was "Die Another Day" (2002), and the third was "Skyfall" (2012). Its the fifth if one counts the unofficial Bond movie "Never Say Never Again" (1983).
  • OO7th James Bond film to have a title which references life and/or death. The previous ones [in order] were: 'You Only Live Twice' (1967), 'Live and Let Die' (1973), 'A View to a Kill' (1985), 'Licence to Kill' (1989), 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997), and 'Die Another Day' (2002).
  • Fifth James Bond movie in the official series with a four word title. The first was 'From Russia with Love' (1963), the second was 'You Only Live Twice' (1967), the third was 'Live and Let Die' (1973), and the fourth was 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981). It's the sixth if one counts the unofficial Bond movie 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
  • The British title for the earlier British film 'Tank Force!' (1958), produced by co-founding James Bond producer Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, was also "No Time To Die". It was shown under that title in the UK in the late 1950s. However, 21st-century showings of the film on British television have reverted to its American release title of "Tank Force".
  • First James Bond movie in the official series since 'Dr. No' (1962) where the location of Jamaica actually portrays itself. 'Dr. No.' (1962) was the first James Bond movie in the official series. The interval between the two pictures is fifty-eight years. In the James Bond movie 'Live and Let Die' (1973), Jamaica did not portray itself, it played the fictitious nation country state of "San Monique".
  • The movie's "No Time To Die" title, after having being known as "Bond 25" for a very long time, was announced by the producers, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, via Twitter on 20th August 2018.
  • The movie's 'No Time to Die' title features a word mentioning death or dying. During the making of 'Quantum of Solace', James Bond actor Daniel Craig said he wanted to avoid titles that mention dying or death for that Bond film's title. The name of the theme song for that Bond movie actually ended up being "Another Way To Die".

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  • Speculation of the plot for this movie has been suggested by James Bond website Wikipedia "At the end of SPECTRE, instead of killing his former foster brother and nemesis Blofeld, Bond leaves him to be arrested and goes off with Madeleine Swann. Some have speculated that this opens up to the idea that Blofeld will return after escaping prison and murder Mr White's daughter Madeleine Swann at the start of the film after she has married James Bond. Bond would perhaps want to get revenge and go after Blofeld as per the ending of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and the Vesper revenge orientated Quantum of Solace (2008); the original script focus of Diamonds Are Forever (1971), which followed On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), was revenge against Blofeld for the death of his wife in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
  • As the arch-villain character or Ernst Stavro Blofeld was not killed at the end of Spectre (2015) it has left the door open for the character and SPECTRE to return in Bond 25 (2019).
  • If Walt Disney Pictures was chosen to be the new distributor of James Bond and Bond 25, it depends on how the deal works between Disney CEO Bob Iger and MGM chairman Gary Barber. Disney could be the chosen distributor of the franchise and not Warner Bros, Paramount, or Fox. However, a Youtube campaign was formed called "James Bond distribution rights - Vote for Disney" - created by the James Bond fan named Callum Precious.
  • Set photos from the movie show James Bond (Daniel Craig) seen driving an early model old vintage open-top blue Series III Land Rover in Port Antonio, Jamaica. In 'Dr No' (1962), which famously was mainly filmed also in Jamaica, Sean Connery as James Bond drove in Jamaica a marine blue 1961 Sunbeam Alpine Series 5 Sports Tourer convertible II Tiger rental car. A Land Rover Series III vehicle was last seen in a James Bond movie in Gibraltar during the pre-credits sequence of 'The Living Daylights' (1989).
  • Set photos have shown that there is a portrait painting of the former M character played by Judi Dench in the offices of Mi6. Previously, a portrait painting of the former M character played by Bernard Lee was seen at the Mi6 Scotland retreat in 'The World is Not Enough' (1999).
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