It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m not talking about Christmas. Or Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. Or even Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (which has admittedly been consuming most of my free time lately). I’m talking about our first real look at the upcoming (and probably final) installment of the greatest* set of James Bond films to date: No Time To Die.
Apologies to Misters Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, and Brosnan. But not Sellers.
What We Knew
A few plot details have been released officially. Bond (Daniel Craig, The Golden Compass) has retired and set up residence in Jamaica (actual home of Bond creator/Chitty Chitty Bang Band author/Christopher Lee cousin, Ian Fleming). He has quit double-O-ing to be with the woman he fell in love with in his previous adventure, Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux, Blue is the Warmest Color). Their lovers’ bliss is interrupted when Felix Leiter (Jeffery Wright, Westworld) asks Bond to help him on one final mission. Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) evil. That’s about all we got before yesterday.
What We Know
- The trailer opens with right away with a car chase and we find out Swann has a secret. Given that Bond killed her dad and didn’t tell her, it seems like they might be even.
- There’s another double-O in the mix (Lashana Lynch, Captain Marvel). This will (probably) be the first time Bond has worked with a fellow 00 for more than a few minutes of screen time in his 25 movie career. Before you rush to the comments to correct me, remember that all his past cohorts have been foreign intelligence, not 00s. And Trevelyan only worked *with* him for a few minutes. That said, please do tell me if I’m actually missing someone.
- Three words: Gatling Gun Headlights
Also, starring will be returning Bond all-stars such as Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomi Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Winshaw as Q, and Rory Kinnear as Tanner. No Time To Die will also introduce Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049) and Billy Magnussen (Maniac) to the franchise.
No Time To Die will come to theaters in April 2020.