500 Jamaicans expected to work on 25th James Bond Film

(L-R) Léa Seydoux, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch, pose for a photo at the launch of the 25th James Bond Film at GoldenEye in St. Mary. The press launch took place yesterday, April 25, 2019. Both Naomie and Lachana are of Jamaican heritage. 

500 Jamaicans are expected to participate in the production of the 25th James Bond Film, which was announced yesterday, April 25, 2019 at the Ian Fleming property, GoldenEye, in Oracabessa, St. Mary. James Bond Producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli confirmed at the film’s media launch, that the start of principal photography on the project begins on 28 April 2019.

Film Commissioner Renee Robinson has estimated that the economic impact of the film will be significant, saying, “ It has been several months behind the scenes of scouting, meetings, negotiations, and planning – with our local production personnel working beside the international crews to confirm the location and ensure that production starts smoothly. We expect that approximately 500 Jamaicans will work on this film from key production and technical personnel, all the way to extras and walk-ons. The economic impact of the business of film is significant, with production expenditure multiplying throughout the economy – from hotel rooms to catering, in both goods and services.”

Robinson noted that this new film has added to the island’s recent uptick in the production of screen-based content, which she said was based on Jamaica’s rising profile, and readiness for business with the global film industry. Robinson explained, “The Jamaican film industry is undergoing a renaissance, having also seen recent success for local productions including Storm Saulter’s Sprinter and Kia Moses’ short film, Flight; and Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie. This will be a bumper year for the contribution of the creative economy to local GDP, and of course, we expect (and are ready for) more large scale productions, both local and international,  to film on the island in the coming years.”

From Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, the film is to be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fifth film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007. Craig will be joined by Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch, both of Jamaican descent. The 007 production will be based at Pinewood Studios in the UK, and on location in London, Italy, Jamaica and Norway.

Producers Wilson and Broccoli commented, “We’re thrilled to return to Jamaica with Bond 25, Daniel Craig’s fifth instalment in the 007 series, where Ian Fleming created the iconic James Bond character and Dr No and Live And Let Die were filmed.”

Metro Goldwyn Mayer will release the 25th James Bond feature film domestically through their United Artists Releasing banner on April 8, 2020; through Universal Pictures International and Metro Goldwyn Mayer in the UK and internationally from April 3, 2020.

The filming of the Bond25 film was fully supported by Jamaica's Government, and is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), JAMPRO/ Jamaica Film Commission, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Fisheries (MICAF), the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (MCGES), the Ministry of Tourism (MOT), the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, and partners at UDC, NWA, JDF, JCF, Municipal Parish Councils, the Ministry of National Security, Firearm Licensing Authority, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Jamaica Customs Agency, Airports Authority of Jamaica, Port Authority of Jamaica, Passport, Immigration & Citizenship Agency (PICA), and more.


Announced Cast:

Director, Cary Joji Fukunaga confirmed the returning cast, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, LéaSeydoux, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright and introduced Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek.

Other Notes:

The announcement took place at GoldenEye in Jamaica, once the home of Ian Fleming where he created the James Bond character in 1952. Ian Fleming wrote 12 novels and two collections of short stories on the island. GoldenEye is owned and operated by Island Outpost, founded by Chris Blackwell who formerly owned Island Records. GoldenEye will not be used as a filming location for Bond 25.

The first 007 film, Dr No, produced by Albert R Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, Fleming’s sixth novel, filmed on location in Jamaica in 1962 starring Sean Connery.

About EON Productions:

EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Wilson/Broccoli family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company that has made the James Bond films since 1962 and together with Danjaq controls all worldwide merchandising. The twenty-fifth 007 film is currently in production.

About Metro Goldwyn Mayer:

Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors.  In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms and interactive ventures and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About United Artists Releasing:

United Artists Releasing, a joint venture between Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) and Annapurna Pictures (Annapurna), is a U.S. theatrical releasing company. Built upon the legacy of the iconic United Artists motion picture studio, the joint venture provides a home where filmmakers are supported by thoughtful approaches to marketing, publicity and distribution. United Artists Releasing offers content creators an alternative distribution option outside of the studio system and supports Annapurna and MGM's film slates as well as the films of third-party filmmakers. For more information, visit www.unitedartistsreleasing.com.

About Universal Pictures International:

Universal Pictures International (UPI) is the international marketing and distribution division for Universal Pictures. In the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Russia, Korea, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Hong Kong, India and China, UPI directly markets and distributes movies through its local offices, creating campaigns and release strategies that respond to the culture and market behavior of those territories. In other parts of the world, UPI partners with Paramount and Sony in the distribution of all three companies’ films. Universal Pictures is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Published Date: 
Monday, April 29, 2019
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