It’s a familiar name to Fleming fans, and it was once rumored to be the original title for what was to become Pierce Brosnan’s second 007 film “Tomorrow Never Dies” twenty years ago.
Now a new listing in Production Weekly (via The Guardian) indicates that “Bond 25,” the upcoming fifth and final outing of Daniel Craig in the role, is to film under the working title “Shatterhand”. That’s reportedly the codename being used ahead of the film’s start of shooting at Pinewood Studios on April 6th.
The name was an alias used by Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the novel “You Only Live Twice” and was rumored for ‘Tomorrow’ back when that film was in early development with a potential plot involving the Hong Kong handover and a bio-weapon.
Bond films announce their official titles at a press conference to mark the start of filming so if this will stay the title or not, we’ll know soon.
Meanwhile The Daily Mail reports that Lupita Nyong’o is being sought by both producer Barbara Broccoli and director Cary Joji Fukunaga for the film, though her scheduling availability is an issue.
As previously reported, Scott Z. Burns has been reworking an earlier script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.