Next James Bond film set for November 2019, no word on 007 star

It is uncertain if Daniel Craig, seen here in 2015's Spectre, will reprise his role as James Bond.
It is uncertain if Daniel Craig, seen here in 2015's Spectre, will reprise his role as James Bond. PHOTO: STARHUB

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - James Bond is returning to movie theatres in November 2019, producers said on Monday (July 25), but they did not say who will play Britain's most famous fictional spy.

Eon Productions and MGM studios said in a statement that the 25th Bond film will be released in US theatres on Nov 8, 2019, with a slightly earlier release in Britain. They gave no title, casting or other details.

Britain's Daniel Craig has played Bond in the last four films, including 2012's Skyfall and 2015's Spectre. The 2015 film took some $880 million (S$1.2 billion) at the global box office, according to film tracker BoxOfficeMojo.com.

His reprisal of the role for a fifth time has been the subject of much speculation after the actor said in 2015 that he would rather slash his wrists than play Bond again.

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Callum McDougall, executive producer of the Bond film franchise, told Britain's BBC Radio last year that Craig, 49, was "absolutely the first choice... We would love Daniel to return as Bond".

Meanwhile, actors such as Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Tom Hardy have all been named as potential candidates to step into the fast cars and sharply tailored suits of Bond, MI6's secret agent 007.

With its futuristic gadgets, menacing super villains and larger-than-life explosions, the Bond series is the longest-running film franchise in history, with actors such as Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan inhabiting the role of the leading man.

The new film will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who wrote the last four movies in the franchise.