Popularly dubbed as Bond 25, rumours about who will direct the film had dominated the news for the past year, with names as varied as Denis Villeneuve, Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan doing the rounds. He did say that while he is now working on an entirely different project with Richard Curtis at the moment - most likely the untitled comedy for Universal Pictures - production for the next Agent 007 film could begin later this year. We hope to start shooting that in 6 or 7 weeks. He went further, confirming that "we've got an idea, John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment".
The as-yet unnamed film, due out in November 2019, will be the 25 in the franchise, and Daniel Craig's fifth and final outing as the famous British spy. Daniel Craig will star. "And it all depends on how it turns out".
He said: "We're working on a script at the moment and we'll see what happens".
Russian Federation announces retaliatory measures against Britain over spy attack row
Meanwhile new tensions have surfaced over the death this week of a London-based Russian businessman, Nikolai Glushkov. A British policeman was also poisoned when he went to help them and remains in a serious but stable condition.
United Kingdom blames Putin for attack on ex-spy; Russian found dead
In a statement late Friday, May's office said the OPCW had agreed to travel to Britain to collect a sample of the nerve agent. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that Russian Federation "rejects the language of ultimatums".
Matt Damon Moving His Family to Australia over Trump's Policies
A source said: "Matt's telling friends and colleagues in Hollywood that he's moving the family to Australia". Well, not quite, it turns out, according to Matt's publicists.
Sam Mendes directed the previous two instalments, which became the highest-grossing films in the series, with Skyfall hauling $1.1 billion globally and Spectre earning $880.7 million at the worldwide box office. "It would be foolish of me to give any of it away".
According to legal documents obtained by ABC News, Caribbean songwriter Michael May, who performs under the name Flourgon, has sued the singer in NY federal court.
Representatives for the singer and Sony did not respond to requests for comment.