James Bond 25 announcement: Here's what director Cary Joji Fukunaga announced at today's Q&A in Jamaica

25 April 2019, 15:42 | Updated: 25 April 2019, 15:51

Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux starred in the last Bond movie, Spectre
Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux starred in the last Bond movie, Spectre. Picture: Getty

News on the highly-anticipated new James Bond movie dropped at lunchtime on Thursday 25th April, with the announcement taking place at an iconic Bond location. Here's the lowdown...

It's been four years since the release of the last Bond movie, Spectre, which starred Daniel Craig as 007 and saw Léa Seydoux's debut as Bond girl, Dr Madeleine Swann.

News about Bond 25 was announced at lunchtime today (Wednesday, 25th April), at an iconic Bond location, with director Cary Joji Fukunaga and writers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

Here's what we know so far - including what details were revealed in the announcement and who attended the event...

What time was the Bond 25 announcement made?

The director and writers of the 25th James Bond movie gave key details about the new film at lunchtime on Thursday, 25th April, 2019.

The event kicked off at 13.10 BST in Jamaica, an iconic Bond location. Not only is it where the very first Bond movie, Dr No, was shot, it is also where author Ian Flemming wrote the James Bond novels.

Was the new Bond movie announcement televised?

Good news for fans - the Bond 25 announcement was streamed on the official 007 social media accounts. The full video is available @007 now.

What was revealed in the announcement?

While the film's title has yet to be decided, director Cary Joji Fukunaga and writers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli revealed some interesting details about the latest film in the Bond franchise.

As we already knew, Daniel Craig is reprising his role as James Bond. Léa Seydoux is also returning as Dr Madeleine Swann.

They also revealed that the cast had shot scenes in Norway and Jamaica, and will also be filming at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England, and the hilltop town of Matera, Italy.

Perhaps the most exciting news to come out of the announcement, however, is that Bohemian Rhapsody star, Rami Malek has been cast as the latest Bond villain.

He told fans: "I promise you all I will be making sure Mr Bond does not get an easy ride of this."

When is Bond 25 released?

The film was initially meant to be released in cinemas on 25th October, 2019, but due to a number of factors, the date got pushed back.

Details about the new film have been quite scarce, but it the new Bond is anticipated to drop on 8th April, 2020.

Who's in the new James Bond cast?

Although Craig has been quite vocal about wanting to quit the franchise, it was confirmed last year that Daniel Craig will be reprising his role as 007.

Daniel Craig has played Bond in the last four films: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.

The rest of the cast of the 2020 film has yet to be revealed, but we will see the return of Bond's love interest Madeleine (played by the talented Léa Seydoux), Ben Wishaw's Q, and Naomi Harris as Moneypenny.

In summer last year, Danny Boyle sensationally quit as director of the new Bond film
In summer last year, Danny Boyle sensationally quit as director of the new Bond film. Picture: Getty

Who's directing the new Bond film?

It's fair to say that the new Bond film has been a little...controversial.

Danny Boyle - director of Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and The Beach - was given the task of directing the new Bond film, but in August 2018, it was announced that Boyle had sensationally quit, after personal difference with Daniel Craig.

According to the official announcement, the director clashed with Michael G Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Craig.

Following Boyle's departure, Cary Joji Fukunaga was hired to take over. He's directed titles including HBO series True Detective and Netflix's Maniac.

Who's written the Bond 2020 movie?

Over the years, a number of writers have contributed to the Bond movie scripts.

The announcement from Jamaica also confirmed that Phoebe Waller-Bridge - who wrote Fleabag and Killing Eve - has been enlisted to "liven up" the script.

Writer John Hodge left the same time Boyle quit, leaving Neal Purvis and Robert Wade on the project, who have been involved in every film since The World is Not Enough (1999).