The James Bond franchise has been around for many years, with audiences old and young finding pleasure in the adventures of 007 and his licence to kill. Many actors have played the much-coveted role, and everyone has films they love with Casino Royale being a fav of us here. The baton for the lead role has been passed from George Lazenby to Timothy Dalton, to Roger Moore and Sean Connery and it is currently held by Daniel Craig. The latest film No Time to Die has been somewhat delayed by the global pandemic of COVID-19, but we are assured that we are now just a few months from release. This will be Daniel Craig’s last outing as our dapper hero, and it will be the 25th film in the franchise. So just what do we know about the movie already?
Not that much is known about the plot, with the producers keen to keep most of it under wraps. What we do know is the synopsis that has been provided to the media and been out in the public domain for some time now so should not contain any spoilers you do not already know. “Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. 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.”
Craig, Daniel Craig
As soon as the new Bond film is announced, the debate begins about who will play our hero. The press suggested that following a poor Spectre release, which was not that well-received among fans Craig had his run and was off to pastures new. However, this seems to be a misinformed rumour as he has never confirmed this and is obviously now starring in the latest instalment. Since he became 007, he has starred in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre and has been quoted as saying that he felt his work was as yet unfinished in the role. Speaking to Empire magazine he is quoted as saying “If that had been it, the world would have carried on as normal, and I would have been absolutely fine, but somehow it felt like we needed to finish something off. If I’d left it at Spectre, something at the back of my head would have been going, ‘I wish I’d done one more.”
The Bad Guy
While it might be hard to consider him a villain, Bond’s latest nemesis will be Safin played by sweet and gentle Rami Malek. No one can forget his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, and he has many other acting credits to his name but never as such a nasty scarred villain as we will see in No Time to Die. He is keen to put his own spin on the character. Although rumours have suggested that this bad guy could be similar to Dr No, he is eager to quash that and have people understand that it is time for him to put his own mark on the character and deliver it in a unique and original way. When he spoke to Empire magazine, he said “If I went in there and tried to make a carbon copy of someone, what joy or fun would that be for anybody? I guess that may be a lesson I learned from Mr Mercury. If it’s not original, then why bother? I’ve pocketed some things from some of my favourites. But I tried to every day imbue this character with something I thought made sense for the character but might also at the same time be shocking and unnerving.”
A Female 00?
At this stage, we have pure speculation and rumour, facts Lashana Lynch will feature as a female 00-agent by the name of Nomi. It has been suggested that perhaps she will be the agent that brings Bond out of retirement and maybe they could have been assigned the same callsign seeing as our male 007 has technically been put out to pasture. However, she has refused to confirm or deny this exciting potential new arrival preferring instead to play it coy. So, at this time all we can do is wait for the release to see if we do have a female 00 or whether this has been a red herring to keep us guessing and on our toes.
We know that the new movie has been directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga who was the genius behind season one of True Detective and has directed Beasts of No Nation for Netflix and Maniac also for the streaming channel. He took over his post from Danny Boyle who was initially going to direct but apparently due to creative differences between Craig, Boyle, broccoli and Wilson, Boyle has resigned his spot. This is the first time a Bond movie will have been directed by an American who has incidentally previously worked with massive star Idris Elba. He has been a 007 rumour for many years, and it appears that the fans see him as a really popular choice, so the fact that he is known to Cary is exciting and allows the rumours to continue to run rife.