After what has to be one of the most awkward livestreams in recent memory, the first official details from Bond 25, which is just about to start shooting in Jamaica, have been revealed. Catching up with the cast and crew on set - which the host repeatedly pointed out also served as the "iconic" location where Ian Fleming wrote the original novels - the stream sadly didn't unveil the title of the latest film (not a mention of a "Shatterhand" in sight) or any footage from filming, but it did confirm a bunch of rumours that have been circulating for a few months now.
First up is the cast, with Rami Malek officially locked in for the flick. Though he wasn't directly confirmed to be playing the antagonist, his sinister pre-recorded addition to the stream, as well as the comments from the host, seem to all but confirm the rumours that he'll be the film's villain.
Director Cary Fukunaga confirmed the rest of the cast as well, including returning faces like Daniel Craig (obviously), Ralph Fiennes, Naomi Harris, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Rory Kinnear, and Lea Seydoux. First-timers to the series were also announced, such as the aforementioned Malek, Billy Magnussen, Ana De Armas, and Lashana Lynch. All things considered, it's a pretty stacked cast.
No synopsis was revealed, but there was an interesting tidbit teased about why they were filming in Jamaica, as apparently Bond has hung up his spy boots and is enjoying the quiet life at the start of the sequel. Explaining why the setting is so important, producer Barbara Broccoli said:
“Bond is not on active service when the film starts. He is enjoying himself in Jamaica. We consider Jamaica Bond’s spiritual home. He starts his journey here.”
There's undeniably a lot of talent driving Bond 25 (including Phoebe-Waller Bridge, who was also confirmed as a contributor to the script) and certainly a lot of potential, but so far the production has been a bit of a disaster, and this livestream didn't exactly restore faith in the finished product.