There is no other film that has suffered as many delays during the COVID-19 pandemic as the latest James Bond installment, No Time To Die. Originally scheduled for release back in November 2019, the film was postponed until February of the following year, and then again until April due to then-director Danny Boyle's exit. However, as this time also marked the outbreak of COVID-19, the film's release was stalled yet again. Now, almost two years from its original release date, we're finally about to see the latest entry in the 007 series, which started in 1962 with Dr. No, with the late Sean Connery as the infamous spy.
In many ways, Bond can be easily compared to Doctor Who, at least in terms of recastings. But how many Bonds have there been? Strangely enough, there have been '007' actors who have played the role - Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. While David Niven's Casino Royale (1967) isn't considered an official Bond film, neither is Sean Connery's Never Say Never Again (1983), as it wasn't produced by Eon Productions. So how many official Bond films are there? Well, that still leaves us with an impressive 25 entries.
Now, the latest entry in the franchise, No Time To Die, is being touted as a "celebration of Bond", and this is no surprise, largely considering that it's a series that has certainly endured over the decades, and also because of the challenges thrown its way due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which had almost crippled cinema. Now, Bond is set to help bring the industry back on its feet, and expectations for the film are understandably high. Not only does it mark a return to norm for moviegoers everywhere, now that new movies are hitting theaters again, it's also Daniel Craig's final outing as 007.
So here's everything you need to know about No Time To Die...
No Time To Die Release Date
No Time To Die has suffered many delays to its release date. Set originally for a November 2019 release, the film was subsequently moved to February, April, and November 2020. Now, for Queen and Country, the film is finally set to hit theaters (exclusively). It will release in UK theaters on September 30, and in US theaters on October 8.
No Time To Die Cast
No Time To Die will be Daniel Craig's fifth and final outing as the British MI6 agent. Other actors returning to the fold are Ralph Fiennes, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Whishaw, Christoph Walts, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, and Léa Seydoux, who will be reprising their roles as M, Felix Leiter, Q, Ernst Stavor Blofeld, Eve Moneypenny, Bill Tanner, and Madeleine Swann. Newcomers include Lashana Lynch as Nomi, Ana de Armas as Paloma, Dali Benssalah as Primo, David Dencik as Valdo Obruchev, Billy Magnussen as Logan, and Rami Malek as the film's main villain, Lyutsifer Safin.
No Time To Die Plot
No Time To Die takes place five years after the events of 2015's Spectre. Having left active service at the end of the last film, Bond is asked to help search for a missing scientist, which leads him to Rami Malek's formidable Lyutsifer Safin, whose plans threaten the lives of millions of people around the world. As Bond navigates a world that has moved on without him and teams up with a new 00 agent, he also learns some shocking truths about his love interest, Madeleine Swann.
No Time To Die Trailer
To no surprise whatsoever, there are already a number of No Time To Die trailers available to watch online. However, we thought it made sense to bring you the latest and final trailer, which is incredibly action-packed and promises a truly epic finale for Daniel Craig's iteration of the iconic spy.
No Time To Die News & Everything You Need to Know
The cast and crew of the film have been busy doing several interviews in recent weeks, during which Daniel Craig has expressed his love for the franchise, and his gratitude for the opportunity to have played the character of Bond for 16 years. He has also gone on record to say that James Bond should not be played by a woman. However, Craig explained that there "should simply be better parts for women and actors of color." He added, "Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?"
There has been much speculation and controversy about whether the next Bond will be female, a conversation that came about following the first trailer, which introduced Lashana Lynch as a new 00 agent, a reveal that has since left many wondering whether she will be Bond's replacement in a future film. This is unlikely, of course, as the '00' title is simply a moniker given to field agents. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga has also described Lynch's character as "a new '00' agent who entered active service sometime after Bond's retirement and was assigned the 007 number".
Rami Malek recently commented on the film's epic runtime, which is 2 hours 43 minutes. The actor promised fans that the film will be worth every second, and also said, "I think when you get out of that theater, you will be moved, you will be entertained, you'll get everything you want from a Bond film, essentially." While it is indeed the longest Bond film to date, with Daniel Craig departing the franchise, it's fair to say that the filmmakers have made efforts to deliver a truly epic finale.
Last year, singer Billie Eilish released "No Time To Die", which is the film's official theme song. The track won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media, and also went on to become the singer's first UK number-one.
An official No Time To Die website includes trailers, stills from the movie, and individual character posters.
The movie premiered in London on September 28, with many celebrities - and the Royals - hitting the red carpet for the cinematic event.
James Bond has graced our silver screens for nearly 60 years, and we can't imagine a world without martinis (shaken, not stirred), nifty gadgets, unaffordable tuxedos, and indestructible Aston Martins. Bond is one of the most globally recognized properties ever, with each new film religiously continuing every tradition, such as an iconic opening theme, and the image of Bond casually strolling along before turning his PP7 on us in a heartbeat. The IP has also enjoyed much success in the gaming industry too, with 1995's Goldeneye remaining one of the greatest film-to-video-game adaptations ever.
But while Daniel Craig's exit marks the end of an era for his stretch of Bond outings - Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre - there's no doubt that Bond will continue. It might be one of the oldest film franchises in history, but we think you'll agree that it ages like a fine wine.