– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The latter half of last year saw a plethora of Bond 25 speculation and news hit, with Daniel Craig signing on for at least one more movie, and now it’s just a matter of locking down a script, a writer, and to get filming underway…Okay, that’s a lot to do.

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With all this work needing to get done, when can we expect them to actually start filming? Speaking with Metro, actor Ben Wishaw, who plays MI6 specialist Q in the Bond franchise, said that while he doesn’t have any concrete evidence, he would imagine they’d begin filming this year.

“I haven’t had an update for a while. I would imagine, I think they have a release date for next year, so I think by the end of this year we have to have started filming something. Although it has gone strangely quiet, but that’s often the way it goes.”

The release date mentioned by Wishaw is November 9, 2019. While it’s not always consistent, a good rule of thumb is that a big film will need to begin filming 11-13 months before its release date. Of course, there are always outliers (the Venom film is still shooting, and its release date is this October), but every film is different.

If Bond 25 doesn’t begin filming this year, given the number of visual effects they’ll usually require, it would certainly be a hell of a race for them to meet that release date. However, when last we heard a few months back, the script was being worked on, and so long as that gets ironed out over the next few months, once they get a director, they should be good to go.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.