Details of who Daniel Craig will go up against in his next and potentially final outing as James Bond appear to have been leaked to the press.
Craig has all but confirmed plans to reprise the role of the world’s most famous secret agent for an outing that could see Bond head to Croatia.
The Mirror is reporting that the next 007 outing will be based on the 2001 novel Never Dream of Dying by Raymond Benson. Benson previously penned the books behind the Bond outing Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day and The World Is Not Enough – arguably three of the weakest film entries in the recent history of Bond.
A source revealed the plans to The Mirror as well as all but confirming the identity of the next film’s main villain.
“Bond scriptwriters feel it could be the perfect follow-up to Spectre. They are hoping to film in Croatia next year.” The film is reportedly set to be titled Shatterhand and will see Bond going up against a blind villain.
Whether that ends up being Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld, who was left blind in one eye at the end of Spectre, has yet to be confirmed. However, despite little in the way of official confirmation, Waltz is expected to return alongside henchman and modern day Jaws, Dave Bautista, whose stock is at an all time high after his successful turn in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.
Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear are also expected to return. Never Dream of Dying sees Bond embark on an affair with a film star whose husband is connected to a mysterious crime organisation.
In the books, that organisation is named The Union, though it would be easy enough to streamline that plot with Spectre taking the place of The Union.
No director has yet been hired for the project, which is scheduled to arrive in the cinemas by November 2019, while Adele is also reportedly being tapped up to return and record a second Bond theme following the success of her effort for Skyfall.
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