We've got the villain, we know who's singing the No Time to Die theme, and we even have our sights on the very first trailer. Daniel Craig's swansong in Bond 25 is shaping up to be a fitting farewell to the second longest-serving 007.
Unlike Bond, though, we haven't got a bottle of Bollinger and a roaring Aston Martin to help pass the time before April. Instead, we've got a round up of everything you need to know about No Time to Die, including the staggered release dates for the US and UK, some shiny new posters, and all the latest rumours about Bond 25. Now, pay attention... this is for your eyes only.
Bond 25 release date: April 2, 2020 (UK)/April 8, 2020 (US)
Bond 25 director: Cary Fukunaga
Bond 25 cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, David Dencik, Billy Magnussen, Dali Benssalah
Bond 25 writers: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Burns, Phoebe Waller-Bridge
No Time to Die release date
The No Time to Die release date was October 25, 2019 (November 8 in the US) but was understandably pushed back after the news broke than Danny Boyle – the original director on No Time to Die – left the project.
We’re now all set for April 2, 2020 in the UK. US fans will have to wait nearly a week – it’s out over there on April 8, 2020. Spoilers hopefully won’t be For Your Eyes Only at that point.
Bond 25 trailer
Here it is, the No Time to Die trailer. And Daniel Craig’s Bond is washed-up – again!
Following immediately on from the events of Spectre, the trailer sees 007 screeching through the streets with Lea Seydoux’s Madeline Swann in tow. The name of the game here appears to be betrayal, specifically Madeline’s possible backstab, judging by Bond’s reaction: “We all have our secrets,” he spits, “We just didn’t get to yours yet.”
Appearing to be off-grid, 007 is recruited by Jeffrey Wright’s Felix Leiter (returning for the first time since Quantum of Solace and also becoming the first actor to ever play the character in three Bond movies) for a job.
Bond also comes face-to-face with the latest 00-agent off the MI6 conveyor belt, played by Lashana Lynch. She promises to put a bullet in his knee. At least, the one that works. Ouch. No Time to Die, plenty of time to gently prod the ever-weary Bond, it seems.
The crux of the trailer, though, concerns Swann’s secret. A mask in the mail signifies that some major beans are about to be spilled, and it probably has something to do with Rami Malek’s unnamed villain. He’s seen wearing the mask in a later scene. Adding to the villain stakes, we also get a surprise Blofeld return. Thankfully, he’s all locked up… for now.
If you want a super-special breakdown of the No Time to Die trailer, be sure to check out our feature with director Cary Fukunaga.
No Time to Die director
Cary Fukunaga jumped on board as the No Time to Die director in September 2018. This followed the news that Danny Boyle had left the project, which was then called Bond 25, due to creative differences (via The Guardian).
Fukunaga may not be a household name – but there’s a good chance you’ve seen his most acclaimed work. He’s best known for helming the entirety of True Detective season one. If you remember the extended tracking shot during episode four, you’ll know why fans are excited for him to take charge of a Bond film.
The director has also helmed Beasts of No Nation, Jane Eyre, and Maniac. However, he also left True Detective and the original It because of, you guessed it, creative differences. Thankfully, it was all smooth sailing this time around.
No Time to Die cast
The actor also confirmed this will be his last film as 007 film. "I just want to go out on a high note, and I can't wait,” he told Colbert. One assumes by "high note" he doesn't mean in a hospital bed, as shooting had to shut down earlier this year thanks to an ankle injury picked up on-set by Craig.
There are also plenty of returnees: Regular 007 sidekicks Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), Rory Kinnear (Tanner) and Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter) are all back in the saddle for No Time to Die. And intriguingly, so is Léa Seydoux, whose Madeleine Swann was last seen with Bond at the end of Spectre – a rare return for a Bond movie love interest.
There's also a new 00 in town. Step forward Lashana Lynch, the actress best known for appearing in Captain Marvel alongside Brie Larson.
According to a widely publicised report by The Mail, Bond 25 will begin with Craig's Bond having retired to Jamaica and Lynch's character having taken over as 007.
One of those coming back, Naomie Harris, recently spoke to Total Film about her character's development in No Time to Die. According to the Moneypenny actress, she's "matured somewhat."
There are also a handful of newcomers joining No Time to Die. Those fresh faces entering 007’s orbit includes Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), David Dencik (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Billy Magnussen (Velvet Buzzsaw) and French newcomer Dali Benssalah – though who they're actually playing is anyone's guess at this stage. No Time to Die has secrets upon secrets upon secrets.
No Time to Die villain
Beyond 007, the big No Time to Die cast news is that Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar-winner and Mr Robot star Rami Malek is playing an unnamed villain. How do we know he's a villain? He even said at the Bond 25 launch in April that: “I promise you all I will be making sure Mr Bond does not have an easy ride of it in this, his 25th outing.” You can almost hear the maniacal laughter.
Director Cary Fukunaga has opened up ever-so-slightly about Malek's character motivations. He told sister publication Total Film: "Every tyrant and villain is trying to play God in some way, right? They see themselves higher than everyone else. They’re pulling the strings. There’s an entitlement there, and a playfulness. So yeah, I guess all the great villains play God."
Bond 25 plot
We suspect you’d have to sign the Official Secrets Act to get anywhere near the Bond 25 plot – and even then, you'd be locked in a cell until the movie's release, just to make sure you didn't blab. Even so, there are a few tidbits of the No Time to Die story in general circulation, as long-time 007 producer Barbara Broccoli confirmed at the movie’s launch in Jamaica that: “Bond is not on active service when we start the film, he is actually enjoying himself in Jamaica. So he starts his journey [there].”
It seems likely that Bond is enjoying some extended R&R with Ms. Swann when the movie begins – fingers crossed things don't go as badly as they did for Jason Bourne’s vacation at the start of The Bourne Supremacy.
Unfortunately, the official Bond 25 synopsis doesn’t bode well for any romantic getaways. “His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help," it reads. "The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”
We've actually been given a sneak peek at the Jamaica scenes recently, thanks to the 007 Twitter account. Leiter is looking the little worse for wear in scenes that harken back to 007's original movie outing, Dr. No, which was also set in Jamaica.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Bond flick without a trip back to London. Jamaica is the starting point, but it seems like Daniel Craig's secret agent will be going back to his roots. A recent behind-the-scenes post reveals that a Bond 25 location will, unsurprisingly, be London. Bond even has one of his trademark cars in tow: the Aston Martin V8, last seen in Timothy Dalton's The Living Daylights.
Another shooting location could also clue us in on the plot. Bond is heading back to Scotland for the first time since Skyfall, if recent filming plans (as revealed by British newspaper The Daily Mail) ring true. But don't expect a Skyfall Lodge return; that was actually filmed in Surrey, England. Sorry to disappoint.
007 star Daniel Craig, director Cary Fukunaga and the #Bond25 crew were out in the sunshine today shooting across a number of London locations, including Whitehall, where Daniel filmed a scene with a classic @astonmartin V8, first seen in a Bond film in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS. pic.twitter.com/rhs13nNeyWJune 30, 2019
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail has also reported that the plot will involve genetic warfare – and that another reason Waller-Bridge came on board (at Daniel Craig’s insistence) was to make the complicated science understandable to cinema audiences.
“The movie's premise is genetic warfare, which is fascinating – but you gotta boil it down and make it accessible,” said an unknown source from production. “That's why Phoebe was hired. She has somehow made sense of it.
“There aren't many people in the world bright enough to bring some humour to the topic of genetics and the Human Genome Project.”
Those looking for No Time to Die to wrap up Craig's stint can also rest easy. Moneypenny actor Naomie Harris told GQ, "“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.”
Quite the global tour, right? Daniel Craig (and company) can now rest easy after their travels to Jamaica and beyond. As per Instagram, 007 himself, wearing a tux, naturally, celebrates filming being wrapped alongside director Cary Fukanaga.
A photo posted by @007 on Oct 25, 2019 at 4:42pm PDT
Bond 25 title
The Bond 25 title is set in stone: say hello to No Time to Die.
As is the case with most Bonds, it's an ominous-sounding affair. There's always a lot of Kills and Dying in these titles: A View to a Kill, License to Kill, and Die Another Day are just a few examples. There's also Quantum of Solace, so perhaps it was best to stick to the classics.
No Time to Die was revealed alongside a snazzy logo in a video that featured Daniel Craig looking exceedingly squave. The title doesn't tell us much, but the noir stylings of the logo (which you could see above) may clue us in on this being a darker tale for 007, and a fitting farewell to Craig's hard-as-nails ouevre.
No Time to Die poster
To mark James Bond Day on October 5, the official 007 Twitter account shook the internet with the first release of the No Time to Die poster.
Much like Craig himself, it's punchy and to the point, while still oozing enough style to adorn a bedroom wall (or twelve). Check it out below.
Celebrate #JamesBondDay with the first poster for #NoTimeToDie #Bond25 pic.twitter.com/EoU4PXhxwXOctober 5, 2019
If that stirred you up, there are also even more character posters. Bond looks very workmanlike. Maybe he's doing a spot of DIY on the weekend?
Tomorrow… the first trailer for #NoTimeToDie #Bond25 pic.twitter.com/9Wc5CRzhO1December 3, 2019
pic.twitter.com/FTnjP2nEPQDecember 3, 2019
No Time to Die theme
Billie Eilish has been confirmed as the artist performing the No Time to Die theme. The as-yet-untitled track was written by Eilish and her brother, Grammy-winner FINNEAS.
Eilish also becomes the youngest person to record a Bond theme at just 18.