2019: End of the 007 film news drought

Figuratively, the 007 drought is ending.

Welcome to 2019. If all goes as planned there will be actual news on the 007 film front after the second-longest hiatus in the history of the series.

In a little over two months, filming is supposed to begin on Bond 25.

While there isn’t much known, the series star (Daniel Craig) has completed his non-007 projects from this hiatus. Presumably, he’ll be training to get into Bond-like shape.

Barbara Broccoli, the boss of Eon Productions, is back dealing with large-budget film issues after spending part of the past three years with modest, small-scale films (both in terms of budget and box office) such as Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and Nancy.

And, of course, Eon’s non-007 spy film, The Rhythm Section is scheduled for release next month.

For all the continuing questions and concerns about Bond 25 (including the wasted months with director Danny Boyle, who left the project), something real is on the verge of happening. Something more real, at least, that British bookies adjusting their odds on who the next 007 actor will be.

There will probably be some kind of press event ahead of the early March start of production. Based on what happened with Skyfall in 2011 and SPECTRE in 2014, a title may be revealed. Maybe some cast members will be introduced.

In any case, unless something drastic happens, the drought is about over. Happy new year.