In the first round of rumors post EON’s announcement of a release date last month, British tabloid The Mirror has done an article claiming they’ve landed some details about the story of the next James Bond film.
They say the project, which will mark the fifth in the series and Daniel Craig’s likely final Bond film, could be titled “Shatterhand” and would see Bond taking on a blind supervillain.
In fact they suggest the film will be, at least in part, based on Raymond Benson’s 1999 Bond novel “Never Dream Of Dying” with Bond going on the hunt for the perpetrator responsible for a police raid in France that goes wrong.
A source tells the paper: “Bond scriptwriters feel it could be the perfect follow-up to Spectre. They are hoping to film in Croatia next year.”
This would be a big break from the norm as a Bond film has never adapted a non-Fleming Bond book before – opting instead to focus on original adventures.
In the novel “You Only Live Twice,” Dr. Guntram Shatterhand is an alias of Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The title was also one of the first rumored titles for 1997’s “Tomorrow Never Dies” along with talk of that film’s plot being a scientist threatening to unleash a bioweapon on Hong Kong if the handover to the Chinese were to go ahead. That, of course, ended up being not true.
Whatever the next film is called, longtime Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are returning to write the film which hit cinemas November 8th 2019.
UPDATE: The paper alleged it had been in contact with author Raymond Benson who contacted MI6 HQ and denied any such contact. They got in touch with The Mirror who says it was a mistake and have corrected it, even as one or two other inaccuracies in the original report remain. The long running Bond film news site considers the entire report false.