“We will rock you, Mr Bond”
After months of speculation, it was announced on Thursday during a live webcast that Daniel Craig’s James Bond will face off against Rami Malek in the superspy’s next outing – which is likely to be Craig’s last time in the role.
Craig and the rest of the Bond team gathered to make the announcement at GoldenEye, the Jamaican villa where author Ian Fleming created the character. We still don’t know the title of the film or plot details, but producer Barbara Broccoli revealed that the movie will open in Jamaica, with Bond on holiday until he is called back into service.
Watch the full presentation here:
Other returning cast members were present. Lea Seydoux will reprise her role as Madeline Swann from the last Bond movie, Spectre; Naomi Harris is back as Moneypenny, with Ralph Fiennes as M and Ben Whishaw as Q; then Rory Kinnear is M’s chief of staff, Bill Tanner, and Jeffrey Wright returns as Felix Leiter, who he last played in Quantum of Solace.
We also got to meet the actors joining them – Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, Ana De Armas, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah – although nothing was revealed about their characters.
Even the biggest addition, this year’s Best Actor Oscar winner, Rami Malek, who was not present in Jamaica and sent a video message from New York, gave very few clues, although his promise of “making sure Mr Bond won’t have an easy ride of it” left little doubt.
Watch Rami Malek’s video message here:
— James Bond (@007) April 25, 2019
Malek had been rumoured to be joining the cast of the 25th Bond film for several months. Talking about his acceptance of the role on Good Morning America, he said, “It’s a perfect follow-up to Bohemian Rhapsody. Going from one iconic Brit to another iconic British franchise.”
The movie, out in April 2020, will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and filmed in Jamaica, Norway, Italy and London’s Pinewood Studios. It will be the first Bond movie to be shot with IMAX cameras.