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After much toing, froing and general speculation, shooting of the latest instalment of James Bond is finally under way.
Award-winning Trainspotting, director Danny Boyle hopped out of the director's chair last year and has been replaced by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who was at the helm during filming in a closely guarded set on a remote lake 20 miles north of Oslo in Norway.
Footage taken from the set shows a masked man appearing to pursue a young girl across the icy plain. You can only assume the guy is some sort of villain, as The Phantom of the Opera style mask is pretty sinister - plus chasing little girls with machine guns is ordinarily classified as 'baddie' behaviour.
The masked man seems to be staggering quite heavily, perhaps having suffered a hefty kick to the shin from the little girl.
In another clip, the girl appears to fall to the ground, and the assumed baddie can also be seen shooting down into the ice. So putting two and two together, you'd have to guess that through the magic of film, the girl is going to be made to appear to fall through the ice, with the sick gunman then firing off some rounds to finish her off.
This is just conjecture though, for all we know the man may be a children's entertainer who misjudged his outfit and frightened the girl, before chasing her in a bid to explain himself. After seeing her fall through the ice, he may then be shooting through it in the hope of creating a bigger hole and pulling her to safety.
I reckon that's probably not what's happening though.
What is clear is that the masked man is not Rami Malek, who has been rumoured to play the Bond villain since winning an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
That's not to say this still couldn't happen though, as there are often plenty of baddies in Bond films - this guy could be just some feckless drone. Potentially, the girl could be more central to the plot than the gunman, as there tend to be fewer girls than gunmen in Bond films.
Daniel Craig will play 007 for what is understood to be the last time in the 25th Bond film, which was originally scheduled for release in November of this year and has since been pushed back to next Valentine's Day and now 8 April 2020... though don't be surprised if that gets pushed back again.
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