During a recent interview Ralph Fiennes stated that the new Bond film will start principal photography this October. He allegedly has not read the script yet (and, of course, would not have been allowed to say anything if he had) – but his statement seems to be the first genuine news about the film really moving forward in the fall of 2014.
So, let the speculations begin: The director (Sam Mendes) is in place and the script seems to be in good enough shape to hire the actors now for a particular time frame. The recent news of cinematographer Roger Deakins not returning mean that EON is looking for a replacement right now (if they haven´t found him/her already).
Will there be a kick-off press conference like they did for SKYFALL on the eve of its first shooting day? Or will they announce something much earlier – during the Cannes film festival maybe? In any event, news will be forthcoming during the next couple of months – even if they are only rumors. Which, in the case of SKYFALL, mostly turned out to be true (the title, the demise of M, the casting of Moneypenny).