Cary Fukunaga to direct next James Bond film for release in 2020

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Producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said the new director's "versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure".

Fukunaga's appointment appears to have been a well-kept secret, with rumours surrounding directors Yann Demange and S.J. Clarkson as possible replacements for Boyle.

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It is thought Bond 25 will be Craig's last outing as 007. Talking about him, Cary is known for directing 2009's Sin Nombre and 2011's Jane Eyre.

Filming of the 25th Bond movie will begin at Britain's Pinewood studios in March 2019 with the worldwide release slated for February 14, 2020, three months later than the original guidance given when Boyle was director.

The film will be Craig's fifth and final appearance as Bond after starring in "Casino Royale", "Quantum of Solace", "Skyfall" and "Spectre".

Following the departure of Boyle, and his long-time writing partner John Hodge, a script by Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade is now said to be in the offing. But everything's back on track with a new statement confirming the next filmmaker to take the helm of Britain's most famous spy series: Cary Joji Fukunaga.

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