'Bond 25' Gets New Director, 2020 Release Date

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"Waking up at 3:45am and seeing that Cary Fukunaga just signed on to direct the next Bond movie is a classic "Wait, am I actually dreaming?" moment". This, of course, follows much speculation about who would land the gig, although fans distracted themselves by pestering Idris Elba to play 007 himself. That pushes the worldwide release date to February 14, 2020.

Cary rose to fame in 2014 after directing and producing the first series of True Detective with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

"We are delighted to be working with Cary", Wilson and Broccoli said in a joint statement.

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Yes, everything's coming up Fukunaga.

The 25th Bond film - confirmed as Craig's last outing as 007 - will begin filming at Pinewood Studios near London on March 4 next year. In other words, lots of people will have a Valentine's Day that shall be shaken, not stirred.

Craig famously said after the release of his last Bond film, Spectre, that he would rather slit his wrists than play the character again.

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Notably, Fukunaga wasn't on the supposed director shortlist that surfaced in the wake of Boyle's departure, which included the likes of Bart Layton, SJ Clarkson and Yann Demange.

His feature film debut was in 2009 with Mexican-American adventure thriller Sin Nombre, which he also wrote. When Boyle, the innovative director behind Trainspotting, was tapped to helm the spy franchise, he was considered a left-field choice - a director whose anarchic cinematic flourishes was worlds away from James Bond's sleek house style.

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