Bond 25 timeline Part II

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Compiled by Bill Koenig

PART TWO: PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY

(CLICK HERE to view PART ONE: HIATUS AND PRE-PRODUCTION)

After uncertainty whether its star would return and a pre-production period full of confusion and unexpected twists, Bond 25 moves into principal photography in April 2019.

The cameras. loaded with film (rather than digital recording devices), begin rolling.

April 28, 2019: Production is scheduled to begin this day, according to an April 25 press release from the official 007 website of Eon Productions.

April 28, 2018: Director Cary Fukunaga sends a clapperboard photo on his Instagram account and Eon’s official 007 Twitter feed tweets it out.

April 29, 2019: The Daily Mail publishes a story mostly featuring photos of Daniel Craig during the first day of Bond 25 shooting.

April 29, 2019: Director Cary Fukunaga, on his Instagram account, posts a photo of director of photography Linus Sandgren working with an Imax camera.

April 29, 2019: The James Bond Brasil fansite posts a tweet that embeds video from SplashNews.com with some footage of Bond 25 filming. (Mostly Daniel Craig.) The video has spoiler warnings, though at first glance I’m not sure what the spoiler is (unless that refers to the extremely spoiler adverse who consider press releases spoilers.) Anyway, I’m just linking to the tweet and not embedding.

April 29, 2019: The Sun has a clickbait-y story about “fussy” Daniel Craig. One tidbit among the flotsam is a tidbit that says the Jamaican shoot for Bond 25 will be three weeks. If that tidbit is accurate (I know I’m stretching), that’s something.

April 30, 2019: Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga posts another B25-related photo on Instagram. An old Range Rover is on a small barge is being towed by a speedboat.

April 30, 2019: Something called The Hot Corn posted a video on YouTube of Bond 25 filming. Not much audio, just images. I’m posting the link but not embedding the video.

MAY 2019

May 1, 2019: The James Bond Brasil website publishes a tweet that embeds a slide show of new Bond 25 “behind the scenes” images. If you want to check it out, CLICK HERE. If not, don’t click.

May 2, 2019: Fangoria editor Phil Nobile Jr., doing some sleuthing of photos taken of the Bond 25 production in Jamaica, raises the possibility on Twitter that based on one photo, that Jamaica may also double for a well-known island nation in the general vicinity. On May 3, the MI6 James Bond website replies via tweet that the casting of one woman cast member may fit in with that.

May 2, 2019: Lea Seydoux is interviewed by the French outlet Madame Figaro. One translated quote (h/t to @Bond25Film), regarding Bond 25: “I don’t have the right to talk about it. I read a scene in the film. The script is always changing.”

May 3, 2019: The MI6 James Bond website, in another response via Twitter to Phil Nobile Jr., references a Bond 25 story element based on the state of script four weeks prior to shooting. It’s somewhat vague (my guess is deliberately so) but I’m only providing the link and not embedding. The tweet was a reaction to a May 1 tweet by Nobile with another Bond 25 theory based on available images.

May 4, 2019: The Sun tabloid runs some more photos from the Bond 25 location. As an aside, this is starting to become routine. I may not be posting these links much longer.

May 5, 2019: Haphazard Stuff has a video review of the Bond 25 streaming event in Jamaica.

May 8, 2019: The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast has an interview with Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She doesn’t talk about Bond 25 until the last couple of minutes. She says “we’ll see” what feminist humor she can get into the movie and that she’s trying to make the female characters more real.

Early May (I don’t have exact date): MGM has an investor call to discuss first-quarter financial results. Christopher Brearton, chief operating officer, says, Bond 25 is Daniel Craig’s final appearance as Bond.

May 9, 2019: British GQ posts a video interview with Naomie Harris. Among other things, she discusses Bond 25 script secrecy and the impact that having Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a writer will have on the movie.

May 9, 2019: Baz Bamigboye Is Back In Action Again! The Daily Mail scribe has a story saying Bond 25 is being rewritten by a committee consisting of director Cary Fukunaga, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and star Daniel Craig. The latter, of course, once said he wasn’t a writer. Apparently, the plot is more or less settled but dialogue is up for grabs.

May 10, 2019: Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga posts a photo of Jamaica on Instagram. He writes: “It’s a wrap on Jamaica, next up…” No additional details.

May 10, 2019: The Daily Mail has a feature story (by a writer other than Bamigboye) about Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Concerning Bond 25, she says, “We have a script and we’re continuing to work on it, all of us floating ideas around and creating characters together.”

May 11, 2019: The MI6 James Bond website has a story summarizing Waller-Bridge’s comments on the Hollywood Reporter podcast. It adds this note: “Contrary to media coverage of when she was revealed as joining the production, MI6 understands that Waller-Bridge had started collaborating on Bond 25 much earlier in the year and was not a ‘last minute’ addition.”

May 11, 2019: The Daily Mail tabloid has a story that there’s speculation that Grace Jones, 70, may do a cameo in Bond 25. It quotes a source but things don’t sound nailed down. The unidentified source is quoted as saying, “Word is that Grace is coming in to film a scene with Daniel Craig.” “Word is” sounds a little lame to me, but OK. The New York Post had said in an April 25 story (see Part I of the timeline) that Jones would be in the film.

May 12, 2019: Cinema Today, a Japanese outlet, publishes a story based on an interview with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson conducted in late April. According to a translation from Japanese, the story has a spoiler (not substantial) about a Bond 25 scene with Ben Whishaw’s Q. The producers say that director Cary Fukunaga recruited Scott Z. Burns as a screenwriter while they brought in Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Wilson says work on the script “struggled for a while” but the story has “a lot of twists and surprises.”

May 12, 2019: Cinema Today also publishes an interview with director Cary Fukunaga. According to a translation, he says he had been considered for the Bond 25 job in 2017 before Danny Boyle was hired. He says he’s been working “120 percent” on the film’s story since September. He also says he had something more to say about the Madeline Swann character played by Lea Seydux in SPECTRE.

May 13, 2019: The Sun claims in a story saying that Daniel Craig has injured his ankle during Bond 25 filming in Jamaica.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail runs a similar story about Craig’s reported injury.

May 14, 2019: On episode 0011 of the James Bond & Friends podcast, James Page of the MI6 James Bond website said that site’s sources indicated there was a Bond 25 title ready for the April reveal event. However, Page said, Eon Productions’ studio partners wanted to hold off to see if something better could be developed. The discussion occurs at about the 36:00 mark of the podcast.

May 14, 2019: The Independent publishes an interview with Naomie Harris. She says it’s “still open” whether Daniel Craig return as Bond after Bond 25. Harris said Craig himself doesn’t know.

May 14, 2019: The Mirror gets into the act, re: whether Craig was injured or not.  The story has photos of Craig talking to Fukunaga, saying in a caption that things seemed tense between the two. The story says Craig injured himself after this. But the phrasing is curious. It has phrases such as “it is believed.” This reads to me like the Mirror is summarizing The Sun without actually mentioning its rival. Caveat Emptor.

May 14, 2019: The Sun Is Back In Action Again! Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid publishes a story that Craig’s ankle injury was not as bad as first thought and he’ll be back to work “within the week.” So get ready for a new round of stories summarizing the tabloid.

May 15, 2019: The New York Post’s Page Six gossip operation weighs in with its own story about Daniel Craig’s injury. It says Craig slipped on a dock. It quotes an “insider” it doesn’t identify as saying “some were snickering” about the actor getting hurt so early during production. Whatever. (Reminder: the Post, like the Sun, is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.)

May 15, 2019: The Daily Mail is at it again, with a story with a lot of Daniel Craig during Bond 25 filming along with his “eye-popping muscles.” More rehashing of his injury and other background is included.

May 17, 2019: Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga posts a photo of himself apparently viewing B25 footage during the Jamaica shoot. (If you click, there are no real spoilers.)

May 18, 2019: The Gleaner, the Kingston, Jamaica, newspaper, runs a story indicating there is still some Bond 25 work underway. It discusses Jamaicans working on the film.

May 18, 2019: Cary Fukunaga posts a short video on Instagram shot through a windshield of a rainy scene. He labels it “Saturday scouts.” One of the comments left for the video is, “Welcome to Scotland…” However, the MI6 James Bond website advises via Twitter than Bond 25 is scheduled to film in northern Norway during the first half of June.

May 19, 2019: The Sun says an “intimacy coach” has been hired so actors feel comfortable during Bond 25 sex scenes.

May 20, 2019: Variety posts a tweet that has a snippet of an interview with Lea Seydoux where she says she hasn’t started filming Bond 25 yet. She says she’s working on another film.

May 21, 2019: Filmweb Norway posts a short video on its Instagram page showing what the Bond 25 second unit has been up to. The video does provide a spoiler. It begins with a helicopter with a mounted camera.

May 22, 2019: Eon Productions, via its Instagram account, confirms that Daniel Craig did suffer an injury and that he will undergo ankle surgery. Eon says Bond 25 filming continues and it will meet the April 2020 release date.

May 23, 2019: The Sun, following up on Eon’s statement, says Daniel Craig was scheduled to have his surgery “today.” (Not sure if that’s literally the day the story was published online or, possibly the “today” the story will be in its print edition.)

May 24, 2019: The Daily Mail has a story with photos of Daniel Craig at Pinewood Studios on May 23. The photos were taken from a distance and the actor “appeared in pain.” Craig also has a goatee.

May 24, 2019: Bond 25 cast member Ana de Armas posts a short video on Instagram after spending five days in London. No B25 spoilers. h/t @CorneelVF

May 25, 2019: An entity called Hawkswood Films sends out a tweet that embeds a photo of a letter sent from B25 Ltd. dated May 22 to people who live nearby Pinewood Studios. It advises there will be an action scene filmed that will be noisy. You can click on the link to the tweet to read the letter for yourself. It may contain spoilers so be warned. (Personally, I would say no, but people have different interpretations of what spoilers are.) I tried to make this entry as spoiler-free as possible.

May 26, 2019: The BBC posts a video about Ita O’Brien, who has served as intimacy coordinator on some BBC productions. O’Brien choreographs, among other things, kissing scenes and sex scenes. Bond 25 is mentioned toward the end. O’Brien has no first-hand knowledge about B25, but says she was glad to read the film would have an intimacy coordinator.

May 27, 2019: A Norwegian outlet, rbnett.no, runs a story about a Bond 25 action sequence to be filmed June 5-7 on the Atlantic Road. Most of it is behind a paywall. But I read a translation of its sub-headline. I’ll avoid any more of a description. h/t The James Bond Dossier, which spotted it first. If you want to read more (and don’t mind spoilers), you can view a May 28 story at The Express, which summarizes things in English. That story says Daniel Craig is “back on set” but I don’t know if that’s really correct.

May 30, 2019: The Tourism Board of Norway publishes a post on Twitter with photos of a mountain and a coastal road (the latter being the Atlantic Ocean Road) it says will be in Bond 25.

May 30, 2019: Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail has a story that Bond 25 concerns “genetic warfare” and one reason Phoebe Waller-Bridge was hired as a writer was to make it understandable to audiences.

May 31, 2019: Deadline: Hollywood publishes an interview with Phoebe Waller-Bridge about Bond 25. She says the James Bond character is still relevant but the films need to evolve and treat women better. She also says the story is good shape. “So, I was really excited about writing dialogue for (Daniel Craig). I mean, the script was there. It’s already there. I think it’s unfair to say that I’m writing the script.”

JUNE 2019

June 1, 2019: The Mirror runs a story describing a supposedly never-before-done stunt in Bond 25.

June 3, 2019: David Arnold tells Variety’s Jon Burlingame that, “It’s a no-news situation,” whether the composer returns to the 007 film series after an -year absence. “I’ve heard nothing. But my pencil is always sharpened for him if James comes around again.” This is consistent with comments Arnold has made on social media when asked by fans.

June 4, 2019: Ana de Armas posts a photo on Instagram, says, “My dear @gregwilliamsphotography visited me on the James Bond sent yesterday (photos from set to come soon).”

June 4, 2019: A explosion occurs during Bond 25 filming, causing some damage to the 007 Stage and a minor injury to a crew member, Eon’s official 007 Twitter feed announces. No immediate details.

Expanded entry: The Eon post on Twitter followed a story by The Sun that made the situation sound more serious, including the crew member’s injury.  It describes a “lockdown” at the studio.

June 4, 2019: Hawkswood Films, in a Twitter post, has a photo of a May 28 letter from B25 Ltd. concerning a planned shooting schedule at Pinewood that will generate loud noises. Dates: June 5-7, June 10-14 and June 17-21.  According to the letter, work would occur 18:00-4:00 (6 p.m.-4 a.m.)

June 5, 2019: The Daily Mail publishes a story saying Daniel Craig was at work on Bond 25 the same day as the 007 Stage explosion. “It’s not going to blow up on me is it?” the actor quipped, according to the tabloid. A lot of the explosion details are from The Sun.

June 5, 2019: James Bond Brasil, in a post on Twitter, includes a video the website says is of Bond 25 filming in Norway. This would constitute a spoiler for many so I’m only including the link here. The Norway shoot apparently is being done by the second unit because director Cary Fukunaga had an Instagram post indicating he’s in London. He also writes (referering to person on the cover of a magazine seen in the post): “At least I can be the death of @dopequeenpheebs (if things ever go wrong with #britishbaekoff )

June 5, 2019: Dagbladet posts a video on YouTube of Bond 25 filming in Norway. Looks similar to the video that James Bond Brasil posted.

June 5, 2019: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the U.K. says it is making “initial inquiries” into the 007 Stage explosion, according to a story by Yahoo! Movies.

June 5, 2019: The Sun runs its own story about the HSE examination of the 007 Stage explosion. It has more details, attributed to people it doesn’t identify. Example: HSE employees “marched in with their briefcases and told the Bond bigwigs they were investigating what had gone on. It takes a lot of put Bond in his place, but this lot have.”

June 7, 2019: The serious Guardian newspaper does a roundup of Bond 25 developments. Even The Guardian now raises the question of whether there’s a Bond 25 “curse.”

June 8, 2019: The Independent publishes a feature story about Phoebe Waller-Bridge. There’s a passing reference to how she’s completed her work on the Bond 25 script.

June 9, 2019: The Sun comes out with a story saying Daniel Craig and Rami Malek won’t be able to film scenes together at the same time. The tabloid also amps up the rhetoric, now calling Bond 25 “doomed” instead of just “cursed.”

June 10, 2019: The Daily Mail runs a story with a lot of photos of Daniel Craig at John F. Kennedy International Airport wearing a “boot” over his injured left ankle. He was photographed the day before, June 9.

June 14, 2019: Director Cary Fukunaga posts a photo of a crew member holding an over-sized clapperboard representing how a Bond 25 scene was to be filmed in Imax. The official 007 Twitter account of Eon Productions also puts out the photo. It appears the production wants to remind everyone it’s still proceeding.

June 14, 2019: Entertainment Weekly (whose print edition is being cut to monthly) posts a story about Ben Whishaw.  Toward the end of the story Whishaw says he still hasn’t seen the Bond 25 script in whole. “I love the character. I can’t wait to play him again,” the actor told EW. “I have not read a script yet, which is a little bit alarming given that I’m filming in two weeks time.”

June 14, 2019: The Daily Mail has a story with additional photos of damage to the 007 Stage complex from the June 4 explosion. Much of the text is background.

June 15, 2019: The official 007 Twitter account of Eon Productions tweets a photo of Daniel Craig working out, saying he’ll be doing Bond 25 shooting in the coming week. Between this and Fukanaga’s photo the previous day, it appears Eon is finally trying to reclaim the Bond 25 narrative from the tabloids.

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June 15, 2019: The Mirror tabloid publishes a feature about Rami Malek’s stunt double. I didn’t read much, but I’m passing along for those who might be interested.

June 16, 2019: The Sun publishes a story saying Daniel Craig “and film execs are worried that his left ankle recovery will impact on his ability to keep his left knee and leg muscles – which have been ravaged by injury – strong enough…It is now a fight against time to get Craig ‘up to speed’ for a hectic schedule of on set chases planned later this month.”

June 17, 2019: Eon’s official 007 Twitter feed posts a GIF of the gunbarrel from Casino Royale. The caption: “A new week. A new beginning.” Doesn’t take a lot of imagination to believe this refers to Daniel Craig’s return for Bond 25 filming.

June 17, 2019: The Sun vs. Bond 25 war continues. The tabloid runs a story saying a location shoot (which location wasn’t specified) was delayed because director Cary Fukunaga was late because of playing video games. “A large number of crew were waiting on location when he eventually turned up three hours after his anticipated arrival time….And to make up for lost time Cary’s senior production staff then told the disgruntled crew they would be required to work over the weekend, which included Father’s Day — which many refused to do.”

June 17, 2019: ITV publishes an interview with Danny Boyle about his film Yesterday (where one person remembers the music of The Beatles). There are some Bond 25 quotes from the director. ” It would have been very neat to go from Beatles to Bond, that would have been very cute, no, sadly we kind of parted company, we were working on it for quite a while and then we parted companies….It’s a producers’ film really in a way and they just, they just didn’t see it the way we saw it and when you have those huge films you have to have harmony, at script stage anyway.”

June 17, 2019: Entertainment Weekly’s website runs a feature on Naomie Harris. It says, among other things,  that Harris will begin her Bond 25 work on Wednesday, June 19.

June 17, 2019: A writer named Adam Tanswell says on Twitter he interviewed Rami Malek in New York about Mr. Robot. The tweet says Malek has also interviewed some Bond 25 scenes. No details.

UPDATED ENTRY, June 18, 2019: Tanswell gets a question and has a follow-up tweet. He writes that Malek is “filming Mr Robot in New York, but went overseas to do a little filming for Bond recently. He has more Bond filming overseas soon, too.”

June 18, 2019: The website This Is Money publishes a story saying that the new Aston Martin Valhalla (price: 1.5 million pounds each) “will replace the Aston Martin DB10 as James Bond’s next car, we’ve been told.” The Aston DB5 (of course) and the 1980s V-8 Vantage will also be in Bond 25. Aston Martin has a press release about the Valhalla name being given to a car previously only identified with a code name, AM-RB 003. It doesn’t mention Bond 25. However a tweet about the This Is Money story was retweeted by Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin.

June 18, 2019: More Danny Boyle on Bond 25, this time from stories in Metro and The Sun. Boyle quote in Metro: “‘I learned my lesson that I am not cut out [for franchises] otherwise you’re digging in the same hole.” Quote from The Sun (said jokingly): “We had what we called creative differences. There is a joke about it that isn’t there – we thought we were being creative and they thought different.”

June 18, 2019: Cary Fukunaga goes on Instagram, apparently responding to The Sun’s story that claimed he held up Bond 25 filming while playing video games. “There’s not a minute on this job that isn’t scheduled, and even during a shoot day, in the hours before call, between takes and setups, and after we wrap there’s always a line of dedicated and hard working department heads hungry to prep our next sequences, no one sleeps on this kind of job. So sure it’s hard, but it’s still the best job in the world and I’d never disrespect the hardest working cast and crew. We’re all in this together. 🍀 As for my PS4 relationship, if my RDR2 progress is any indication, it’s been stunted at 63% for months and if anyone spoils the end for me before I wrap on B25 I’m going to be pissed.”

June 18, 2019: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has finished “an initial assessment” of the June 4 explosion and the matter is now closed without further action, according to a story by Yahoo! Movies.

June 19, 2019: The Sun comes out with a story saying Daniel Craig’s foot has healed enough to have his cast removed. It also says the Aston Martin Valhalla was delivered to Pinewood Studios. Information attributed to a source the tabloid didn’t identify. The source also says the movie is behind schedule.

June 19, 2019: Digital Spy posts a story where Rami Malek talks about Bond 25 to reporters. The session was on Monday, June 17. “We’ve already filmed in Norway for a week,” Malek is quoted as saying. “That’s where I got to work with [director] Cary Fukunaga and our incredible cinematographer, Linus Sandgren. They are a great team. So far, so good. So far, so great.”

Another quote: “But the thing is, Daniel (Craig) was injured, so they are shooting what they can. I talked to Cary yesterday and the schedule has been altered. I know that. But with a franchise like this, I think they have it together. They have it figured out by now.”

June 19, 2019: The website of James Bond Radio, in a story by Jack Lugo, analyzes how the tabloids (particularly The Sun) have been covering Bond 25. It specifically looks at how The Sun kicks out a story shortly after the Eon side tries to get in front. 

June 20, 2019: Aston Martin, via Twitter, confirms its lineup of cars in Bond 25. Included is the new Valhalla. The announcement was made after Prince Charles visited Pinewood Studios and the Bond 25 cast, an event chronicled by the Daily Mail.

June 20, 2019: The Royal Family Channel posts a video on YouTube of the visit by Prince Charles.

June 20, 2019: News 5 posts a video of the visit of Prince Charles that runs for more than 21 minutes. If you watch it and you’re spoiler adverse, hit mute. No major spoilers but a few secrets get revealed when Charles chats with the cast.

June 21, 2019: The Washington Post weighs in with a feature story about Bond 25. Nothing really new, but it provides a roundup of events since filming.

June 25, 2019: Eon posts a video of the Bond 25 crew working in Jamaica.

June 25, 2019: The MI6 James Bond website posts an analysis of the 1-minute promotional video.

June 26, 2019: The MI6 James Bond website posts a tweet suggesting A Reason to Die had been rejected as a Bond 25 title. The tweet includes an image of a red “X” and the date of April 24, 2019 (the day before the Jamaica “reveal”).

June 27, 2019: The MI6 site publishes a story explaining what happened. Eon Productions conferred with its studio partners and the decision was made not to go with A Reason to Die the night before the event in Jamaica.

June 27, 2019: The AV Club posts an interview with Rory Kinnear. It mentions he has started work on Bond 25.

June 28, 2019: Oh for crying out loud. Bang Showbiz says that Daniel Craig wants Adele (co-writer and performer of Skyfall’s title song) to come back for Bond 25. If this is true, perhaps Craig should worry more about his *general* conditioning (beyond lifting weights as well as avoiding future ankle injuries) and less about title song performers.

Expanded entry: Apparently this tripe originated with the Daily Star. Whatever.

June 30, 2019: The Mirror returns with a breathless story saying Bond’s wife will get killed and he’ll be depressed. Bond depressed during the Daniel Craig era? Shock and awe!

June 30, 2019: On Social media, Eon’s official 007 sites publish a clapperboard shot from a scene being filmed in London and a photo of Daniel Craig with the Household Calvary.

June 30, 2019: Eon’s official 007 Twitter feed posts a short video of Daniel Craig getting out of the Aston Martin V8.

June 30, 2019: The Daily Mail runs a story with a number of photos of Bond 25 filming in London.

June 30, 2019: Eon’s official 007 Twitter account posts a photo of Daniel Craig walking with the Aston Martin V8 behind him. It’s a shot some fans comment is the best promotional shot Bond 25 has had so far.

June 30, 2019: The Sun is at it again. The tabloid runs a story saying Grace Jones, who supposedly was going to a Bond 25 cameo, stormed off after finding out her part was, well, small. The cameo has never been confirmed in the first place. This doesn’t stop The Sun from proclaiming that Bond 25 is “doomed.”

JULY 2019

July 1, 2019: Director Cary Fukunaga posts a photo of himself and first assistant director Jon Mallard on Instagram. “Working out the puzzle of “order of shooting” with 1st AD Jon Mallard. AD’s make everything work, absolutely everything, and also get the flack when things don’t go as expected. All the guts and rarely glory. Jon’s done True Detective, Beasts Of No Nation,   Maniac with me, all of which were doozies. thanks Jon #Bond25.”

July 2, 2019: IndieWire reports that Dan Romer, who has worked with Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga on a film and a 10-episode TV series, will score the new Bond film.  Romer puts out a tweet that appears to confirm the news. 

July 2, 2019: The Sun publishes a story quoting “a spokesperson” (not identified) for Bond 25 saying the film will still make its April 3, 2020 release date in the U.K. The story then mostly rehashes the various difficulties the production has experienced.

July 4, 2019: Haphazard Stuff posts a video “dramatization” of Bond 25 production. The final gag should appeal to the way fans view the tabloids.

July 5, 2019: Bond 25 cast member Lashana Lynch puts out a non-spoiler tweet from the B25 production.

July 5, 2019: Early in July, local Italian press report Gravina di Puglia has been added to Italian shooting locations for Bond 25. On July 5, The James Bond Dossier provides a roundup with a link. The MI6 James Bond website also has a story

July 6, 2019: The Daily Mail runs a story with photos of Naomie Harris on the Bond 25 set with Daniel Craig. 

July 7, 2019: The BBC website carries a story saying the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) won’t be investigating the June 4 explosion that damaged the 007 Stage. That’s basically what Yahoo Movies reported back on June 18. I’m not sure why it took the BBC this long.

July 9, 2019: Cary Fukunaga posts a video about testing LEDs on a new Jaguar. @Bond25Film embedded the video in a tweet

July 9, 2019: James Bond Magasinet says on Instagram that it has talked to title designer Daniel Kleinman, who indicates he’ll be working on Bond 25. Quote from Kleinman: “I have started having ideas for B25, and met with @cary_fukunaga who is a very nice talented man. It’s very early days for my process, there is no title or song as yet, but I’m already excited to be thinking about visuals for the main titles.”

July 9, 2019: Two indications that Bond 25 will film in Scotland. First a tweet:

The MI6 James Bond website also reports filming in Scotland in a tweet.

July 10, 2019: The Telegraph runs a lengthy story about Bond 25 and the state of the franchise. Much of the story rehashes Bond 25’s history. The headline asks why does everyone want Bond 25 to fail. But at the end, it goes to Bond’s side. “Bond does does need a reboot, but Craig deserves to go out with a bang. We should be willing Bond 25 to be a huge success, not a failure. Here’s hoping Daniel Craig’s Bond saves the day.” OK.

July 10, 2019: Italian outlet Sassilive runs a short item saying there will be a July 12 press conference in Matera, Italy, about how Bond 25 filming will affect the area.

July 11, 2019: Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail writes in a tweet that Christoph Waltz has filmed scenes at Pinewood, again playing Blofeld. 

July 11, 2019: Rodrigo Perez of The Playlist posts a story, basically taking a victory lap about Waltz returning for Bond 25. He had a tweet (but not a story) back on April 25 saying Waltz would play Blofeld again. That tweet was cited in Part I of the Bond 25 timeline.

July 11, 2019: You can read Bamigoye’s story by CLICKING HERE. The scribe claims Waltz as Blofeld in Bond 25 has been top secret “until now.” Yeah, except for those who reported it before him.

July 12, 2019: Sassilive carries a story about the press conference concerning Bond 25 in the Matera area in Italy.  According to a translation by Google, filming will begin between Aug. 19 and 16. Filming will last four weeks. About 12 million euros ($13.5 million) will be spent and extras will be needed.

July 12, 2019: Bond 25 filming occurs outdoors in London. Eon’s official 007 feed on Twitter posts a clapperboard shot (scene 155).  Daniel Craig films scenes with Ralph Fiennes and Rory Kinnear in what looks like a cemetery. The Express has a story with photos. Phil Nobile Jr. posts photos from W8Media in THIS TWEET and THIS TWEET

July 13, 2019: The Mail on Sunday (sister publication to the Daily Mail) says that, indeed,  Lashana Lynch’s Bond 25 character is the new 007 after Bond had departed MI6. The theory has been out there for a while but this is the first time (that I’m aware of) where a publication has gone out on that limb. Additional tidbit: The phrase “Bond girl” is now forbidden at the production, with “Bond woman” now in its place.

July 15, 2019: The Daily Mail posts a story saying a “‘container hotel’ that can house a crew of around 300 people has been built at Aviemore in the in the Cairngorms National Park” in Scotland for Bond 25 filming.

July 15, 2019: The Sun runs a story that has a couple of photos of Lashana Lynch filming Bond 25 scenes with Daniel Craig. The photos are from the Jamaica shoot. The tabloid runs another story saying crew members are staying in shipping containers while the cast stays in a resort.

July 16, 2016: Actor Jeffrey Wright takes to Twitter to answer a critic of the idea that Lashana Lynch’s character will have the 007 number after Bond leaves MI6.

July 16, 2019: STV posts a tweet with a short video of what it says is a video of a Bond 25 car chase being filmed.

July 16, 2019: The BBC’s website: has a story about Bond 25 filming in the Highlands.

July 16, 2019: The CIA (!) gets into the Bond 25 act, posting a tweet that references recent events.

July 17, 2019: Being James Bond does a video commentary about recent events.

July 18, 2019: The Scottish Sun runs a story with photos of the car chase being filmed in Scotland.

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