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Peter T Chattaway

Bond 25

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Links to our threads on Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and SPECTRE (2015).

The 25th official James Bond film has a release date -- November 8, 2019 -- but no cast or director yet.

This would be the fourth time that there was a four-(or-more)-year gap between Bond films: there was the six-year gap between Timothy Dalton's last film and Pierce Brosnan's first film, there was a four-year gap between Brosnan's last film and Daniel Craig's first film, and there was a four-year gap between Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.

There are rumours that, if Craig *does* come back, this might be the last Bond film produced by the Broccoli family. The end of a 57-year era.

And if Craig *does* play Bond again, it will mean he has played Bond longer than any other actor: there was a 12-year span between Roger Moore's first and last films (from 1973's Live and Let Die to 1985's A View to a Kill), and there would be a 13-year span between Daniel Craig's first and last films (from 2006's Casino Royale to 2019's Bond 25). Though Moore starred in seven films and Craig will have appeared in only five. (Connery, for his part starred in five movies in five years -- from 1962's Dr No to 1967's You Only Live Twice -- and then, after George Lazenby starred in one film as Bond, Connery returned to the role with 1971's Diamonds Are Forever, giving him six official Bond films in nine years.)

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The NYT reports Craig is set to return, and Variety reports that Yann Demange is the leading contender for director (the others on the shortlist, per Deadline, are Denis Villeneuve and David Mackenzie).

If this is EON's last Bond feature, it will truly be the end of an era. I bet we'll see Christopher Nolan tackle the reboot (he's kinda hinted in that direction a few different times, and WB is rumored to be MGM's partner on this new film).

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