James Bond returns to his spiritual home of Jamaica in the forthcoming Bond 25. This was the place where author and former British intelligence operative Ian Fleming originated the world's most famous secret agent, naming his island hideaway GoldenEye (now a hotel).
Jamaica featured prominently in the very first Bond movie Doctor No, released in 1962. The movie was Sean Connery's 007 debut, and for millions of fans he remains cemented as the definitive Bond actor. Later, in 1973, Roger Moore made his series debut with Live and Let Die, partially shot on the island's Half Moon Bay resort.
Now, 46 years later, Bond is back on location as actor Daniel Craig prepares to bow out of the role he has helped redefine. Bond 25 is directed by True Detective and Beasts of No Nation helmer Cary Fukunaga, and the official synopsis is as follows:
Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Check out the following behind the scenes video teasing the exotic Jamaican location. You can spot Craig looking moody sporting a harpoon gun, plus Fukunaga steering proceedings and brief glimpse of a returning Jeffrey Wright (who hasn't appeared since 2008's Quantum of Solace) as Felix Leiter.
Bond 25 has endured a troubled production en route to the big screen, with original director Danny Boyle dropping out in 2018. The script has bounced between regular Boyle collaborator John Hodge and Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, variously receiving amends from Scott Z. Burns and Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
More recently, Craig was forced to recover from an ankle injury, delaying the production by several weeks. The famed 007 stage at Pinewood Studios suffered a fire, and accusations have dogged Fukunaga that he's spent more time following up a PlayStation 4 gaming marathon than paying attention to his crew, forcing him to deny rumours of an on-set mutiny.
Initially scheduled for a late 2019 release, Bond 25 was later moved to February 2020 before eventually settling on 3rd April 2020. The movie co-stars Rami Malek as the villain, plus Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, Dali Benssalah and David Dencik.
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