The filming on the new James Bond film, the 25th edition, has officially finished as the franchise announced the filming on No Time To Die had officially wrapped. It will be the last film with Daniel Craig as the titular British spy.
Due to arrive in cinemas on April 3rd, 2020, in the UK and on April 8th in the US, the film will see the last ever appearance of Daniel Craig as the leading man of the British Secret Service. NME reports that earlier in the month Craig gave a charming, if not a little sozzled, farewell speech to the franchise which has been such a big part of his life.
“I just want to say, and I am really quite drunk now so I won’t go on for long, this has been one of the best, most wonderful experiences I have ever had,” said Craig while standing adjacent to a 007-themed cake.
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“You’ve all done the most amazing job,” he said. “I could not be more proud to work with every single one of you on this production. I would like to thank you for this evening, I want to thank you for this – Barbara [Broccoli, producer], for putting it on. Thank goodness we did this tonight.”
The official James Bond account tweeted an image of director Cary Joji Fukunaga and Craig with a caption saying, “That’s a wrap on #NoTimeToDie. See you in cinemas April 2020. #Bond25.”
This comes as the speculation over who will be the next Bond continues to grow. More recently Peaky Blinders actor Cillian Murphy had been suggested for the role, but he’d prefer to see a woman take on the famous character of Bond.
“It seems to be a way of generating business for bookies, so someone who happens to be in a TV show and wears a tux occasionally in a TV show.”
He continued to offer a differing view on the possible replacement for Daniel Craig, suggesting a new direction could be the best way to go: “Having said all of that, it’s incredibly flattering to be in that conversation,” he said. “I think it should be a woman [next].”