Good news, Bond fans! A joint statement from EON Productions and MGM on Monday announced the upcoming release of the 25th installment in the long-running 007 franchise. Even though it’s currently untitled, the film has been dubbed “Bond 25,” and is expected to be released in the United States on Nov. 8, 2019.

After the last James Bond film, “Spectre,” became a box office success worldwide in 2015, the infamous British Secret Service agent will return to the big screen for another action-packed adventure. Unfortunately, die-hard fans will see the movie within the next two years.

Even though the Release Date has already been announced, no film director or lead actor have been tied to the much-anticipated installment.

Rumors have it that actor Daniel Craig, who played the film franchise’s protagonist since the 2006 installment, “Casino Royale,” will be returning to reprise his 007 role.

Who will play the role of James Bond?

Since the announcement for the upcoming installment, Craig’s apparent comeback was widely speculated. In fact, The New York Times reported that “two people briefed on the matter” said that Craig had a change of heart and decided to do another Bond film following his controversial Time Out interview in 2015.

In said interview that went viral, Craig earned the ire of MGM chief executive and chairman Gary Barber after the 49-year-old English actor candidly admitted that he “didn’t give a f***” who would replace or succeed him in the film franchise.

Craig also said that he would be “slashing his wrists” and would only do another Bond film because of the “money.”

Craig, however, explained where his explosiveness came from, stating that he felt “exhausted” doing the film and added that he was “away from home for a year.” There are also reports claiming that Craig decided to do the “Bond 25” after hearing “the wealth of British talent eyed to replace him.”

Executives want Craig back

Despite the fact that there’s a long list of possible choices for the next 007 actor, including Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston, executive producers Barbara Broccoli, Michael G.

Wilson and Callum McDougall are really hoping that Craig will reprise his role in the film franchise. Vanity Fair even noted that he is their “ first choice for the role without question.”

Considering the box-office results of Craig’s Bond films, he will likely return in the upcoming installment.

There are even claims that Craig’s comeback is a “done deal.”

Other details

Meanwhile, screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been enlisted to write the script. But EON Productions and MGM have yet to reveal the cast and the film’s director. In a joint statement, EON and MGM said, “The details regarding distribution, including international release dates, the film's cast and director, will be announced at a later date."

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