The film, based on book Never Dream Of Dying, has a working title of Shatterhand and will see Daniel Craig battling a blind baddie.
James Bond will travel to Croatia, as we announced months ago, in the 25th instalment of the 007 franchise. The film has the working title Shatterhand and the plot sees Daniel Craig’s spy battle a blind supervillain.
It is based on the 1999 thriller Never Dream Of Dying by US author Raymond Benson, who also wrote Bond scripts Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day and The World is Not Enough. The novel opens with a police raid on a French movie studio that goes badly wrong, while an actress with a sordid past leads Bond to his final target.
A source said: «Bond scriptwriters feel it could be the perfect follow-up to Spectre . They are hoping to film in Croatia next year.» The insider said producers had been furious when a local mayor revealed they had been scouting for locations in the coastal tourist hotspot of Dubrovnik.
The film is hotly anticipated after Craig’s U-turn on quitting as 007. The 49-year-old star is set to return for his fifth stint in the series despite declaring he would rather slash his wrists than play the secret agent again.
Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista will be reprise their roles as Spectre villains
after provisionally agreeing to do the next blockbuster.
Author Mr Benson said the film would hit cinemas in November 2019, with the film taking inspiration from 1960s 007 outings You Only Live Twice and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Other expected locations include the south of France and Japan.
Skyfall , Craig’s third Bond film, became the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK after its release in 2012, but it has since been toppled by Star Wars: The Force Awake.
In Raymond Benson’s Never Dream of Dying, James Bond battles a blind criminal genius behind an evil organisation called the Union. The action kicks off in the south of France where a police raid ends up killing innocent people.
A dead man’s jail confession puts 007 on the trail of the bad guys. He starts a relationship with a film star called Tylyn Mignonne whose husband just happens to be connected to the Union. Our hero has an underwater brush with death, a chase through the wilds of Corsica, a surprise encounter with an old friend – and a showdown with the blind baddie.
[Updated] Raymond Benson tweeted that he doesn’t know anything about this as anybody from EON Productions or The Mirror, who published the news, have not speak with him.