Our First Look At James Bond’s No Time To Die (And More Details You Need To Know)
After months, no, years of waiting, we finally have a title for the 25th Bond film: No Time To Die. The news was announced on the official 007 Twitter account, alongside a release date for the film, 3 April 2020.
In an interview for the November 2019 issue of GQ, Naomie Harris told us that “it’s a tie-up of Skyfall and Spectre. But with massive, massive surprises that even had me like, ‘Oh, wow!’ So I think we’re going to really shock people.”
In April, from the GoldenEye villa in Jamaica, the Bond team announced what few details of No Time To Die they could give us: namely, Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be on the writing team; Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw and Jeffrey Wright return for the cast; and Rami Malek will be joining, and based on what he says it seems likely it’ll be as the villain of Bond's latest outing.
Rami Malek, stuck in New York and unable to join the cast in Jamaica, said, “I promise you all I’ll be making sure Mr Bond does not have an easy ride.”
On Seydoux’s return, Harris told GQ that “at the end of Spectre there are women he gives his career up for: there’s no more emotional attachment than that. It’s just about moving with the times and recognising that women can no longer be seen as eye candy.”
Joining the cast are Lashana Lynch, Ana De Armas, David Dencik, Billy Magnussen and Dali Benssalah. Daniel Craig, who will star as James Bond for the fifth time, remained cryptic when discussing the film, saying simply, “I’ve tried during my tenure to continue that tradition of making movies that stand out and are different from the other movies out there.”
Carey Fukunaga is the director and has already filmed in Norway before coming to film in Jamaica, Pinewood in London and Matera in Italy. Bond will start the film in Jamaica while taking a break from active service. “We consider Jamaica Bond’s spiritual home,” explained producer Barbara Broccoli.
And we also now have our first look at what Bond’s “spiritual home” will look like on the big screen, thanks to a special behind-the-scenes snippet that has just landed on the James Bond 007 YouTube channel. Against the ragga beat of Kully B & Gussy G’s “Boom Shot Dis”, we see Craig race across the Jamaican landscape in a battered Land Rover, people who wouldn’t look out of place in a Gucci campaign dancing in a sultry nightclub and the latest Bond girl Lashana Lynch sat in... well, we’re not quite sure where she’s actually sitting, but she’s there, looking as cool as ever. Amid all of this action, we also see clips of Fukunaga, staring intently at the cameras’ live feeds and occasionally sharing a laugh with Craig. As for Malek, he’s nowhere to be seen, which only strengthens the theory that he might be the villain.
It’s clear that what Broccoli said in the Bond team’s original announcement was not a lie. “We’ve got quite a ride in store for Mr Bond,” she told fans in April. We can't wait to join him on it.