Bond 25: Working title for Daniel Craig’s last 007 film revealed after release date delayed again

Production on the film will begin in April

Jacob Stolworthy
Friday 22 February 2019 09:28 GMT
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Bond 25 may be delayed again, but the forthcoming film has an official working title.

Subscribers to Production Weekly noticed in a new update listing that the next 007 outing will shoot under the title Shatterhand.

According to the listing, the film’s shoot will begin on 6 April in London’s Pinewood Studios before heading to Matera in Italy.

The working title matches the one revealed in reports from August 2017. The same report claimed that the new film – which will be Daniel Craig’s last stand as the British spy – would be based on the 2001 novel Never Dream of Dying by Raymond Benson.

Reports also suggested Bond could face a blind villain, although director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s film is expected to go down a different route.

The film’s journey so far has been a tumultuous one. In September 2018, Fukunaga replaced Danny Boyle as director and re-wrote his script, which had reportedly ruffled up feathers with producers.

“Shatterhand” is the alias used by Blofeld – who was played in the last Bond film, Spectre, by Christoph Waltz – in the You Only Live Twice novel.

While obviously hesitant to reveal any details – not least because the script is not yet complete – Fukunaga has confirmed one rather big point: the new film will bring things full circle for Craig by continuing the arc first presented in Casino Royale, his first outing as 007.

Never Dream of Dying sees Bond start a relationship with Tylyn Mignonne, a film star whose husband is connected to The Union, a recurring crime organisation within the 007 novel series.

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