James Bond is one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time which started back in 1962 with Sean Connery in Dr No. It is also the longest continually-running film series in history. Since the first film, there has been another 23 films, and rumours have it that the 25th film is already in production or at least in the final talks.
Little is known about the next movie but there are some rumours doing the rounds. Apparently last month the bosses bought a helicopter which is assumed will be blown up as it’s not a fully running machine. Also it appears that some of the filming will be shot in Croatia as the mayor of Dubrovnik told local media that James Bond is in an advanced stage of negotiations. Croatia is becoming popular as a filming location as Game of Thrones and Star Wars all filmed scenes in the city.
Who will play the British Secret Service agent in the upcoming film still remains a mystery. Names that have been doing the rounds include Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, James Norton and Aidan Turner to name just a few. However there is still a good chance that Daniel Craig will be back. The fact that Spectre and Skyfall were the highest grossing Bond movies of the lot, shows that fans love Daniel and he will be aware of this and possibly feel that pressure. It seems the cast and producers want him back so the only person that needs convincing is the man himself. Only time will tell of course.
Sam Mendes who directed Skyfall and Spectre has said he will not direct the next Bond film. At the Hay festival last year he said “It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it, but I think it’s time for somebody else.” Whoever does take on the role as some seriously big boots to fill. Danny Boyle would be a good choice as would Christopher Nolan who has already expressed in interested in directing a future Bond movie. Another director who thinks there is no higher honor than directing a Bond movie is Tom Hooper. There are so many great directors to choose from, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, have got plenty to think about. Whoever they do choose will be integral to shaping the movie as a whole.
Fans that can’t wait for the next movie can join other likeminded fans on a James Bond Locations Tour. Brit Movie Tours offer an outer London location tour taking you to 9 memorable filming locations from Goldfinger, The Living Daylights, Thunderball, The World is Not Enough and SPECTRE. The tour is led by a James Bond expert and those on tour will get to see how the films were made and see movie clips as you pass the actual locations. During the 9 1/2 hour tour you will get to see the location used as Shrublands in Thunderball and also the location for Zukovsky’s casino in The World is Not Enough. Next up you get to visit the 18th century coaching inn, which stood in for the hotel where Major Derval stays in Thunderball. Remember where Koskov is abducted by Necros in The Living Daylights? That’s the next stop on tour as the location was a beautiful 12th century house in the Chiltern hills of Oxfordshire. Close by this location is the country lane where Necros covertly eliminates the milkman. Afternoon tea is enjoyed at the Stoke Park House, golf club in Buckinghamshire where Bond first encountered Auric and Oddjob. You will also get the chance to pay your respects at the location used as the resting place for Teresa Di Vicenzo/Tracy Bond in For Your Eyes Only.
Those anxiously waiting for the next film will just have to sit tight. No date has been revealed, but you can bet when it does hit the screens there will be plenty of chase scenes, brilliantly choreographed fight scenes, beautiful girls and clever new gadgets to help Bond save the day as he always does.
Article by Brit Movie Tours – the premier provider of Film and TV location sightseeing tours in London and the UK. Operating a number of bus, walking and small vehicle tours in various locations throughout the UK including London, Cardiff, Leeds, Brentwood in Essex, Edinburgh and Belfast.