The name is... : Title of 25th James Bond film set to be announced on Thursday

Actor Daniel Craig in a cinema still of Spectre.
Actor Daniel Craig in a cinema still of Spectre.PHOTO: STARHUB

LONDON (AFP) - The title and cast of Daniel Craig's expected swansong as James Bond will be announced on Thursday (April 25) from an "iconic 007 location", according to the official James Bond Twitter account.

The 25th edition of the British spy saga has been beset by problems and delays.

Initially scheduled for release last autumn, the film was then pushed back to February.

It is now expected to debut on April 8, 2020.

The Playlist, an industry news site, reported that Scott Z. Burns has been hired to rewrite the original script.

It called Burns "one of the top emergency rescue script doctors in Hollywood".

British actress and director Phoebe Waller-Bridge was also brought in to "liven up" the script at Craig's request, The Guardian reported this month.

The film's original director Danny Boyle was replaced by Cary Fukunaga in September.

Boyle dropped out because of reported "creative differences".

Industry publications say some of the action is to be filmed in Italy, with returning cast members including Ralph Fiennes and Lea Seydoux.