One of the most anticipated movie for 2020 is No Time To Die. Its the 25th James Bond movie, if you don’t count two unofficial adaptations, and the fifth and last installment starring Daniel Craig. Today the trailer was released and it marveled the viewer because it was so good. The movie is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga who was previously unknown to me. However, from the trailer you get the sense he is able to handle the subject material with ease.
Trailer for No Time To Die
Throughout the trailer we only see hints of the story. What is clear is that James has been out of the secret agent business for some time. It is Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) who asks him to accept an assignment -- help him find a missing scientist. However, James is not the only ’00’ agent on the job -- he faces competition from Nomi played by Lashana Lynch. This marks the first female ’00’ agent in a feature movie.
However, James’s task is made more complicated when he believes Madeline (Lea Seydoux) may have betrayed him. No doubt she had secrets, dark secrets, but betrayal is unlikely. What connects them beyond their time together since Spectre is of course Blofeld -- played again by Christoph Waltz. If there is one thing that has been brilliant about the Craig movie’s is that the villains are captivating.
However, despite this much promised reunion there is a new villain in the story. Little is know about him, but presumably he has taken over the Spectre organization from Blofeld. His name is Safin and he is played by Rami Malek. It is always strange to see an actor play a role you would not readily ascribe to them. However, I have instantly warmed up to him playing a James Bond villain.
A new James Bond?
With his staccato pronunciation, facial disfigurement and tick he portrays a archetypal villain, but I am sure there are deeper layers. Meanwhile we also get a glimpse of Ana de Armas playing Paloma -- an unknown player in James’s last assignment. That and with Naomie Harris playing Eve Moneypenny means this last movie is heavy on female leads. To top it off Ralph Fiennes will return as M, Roy Kinnear as Bill Tanner and Ben Whishaw as Q.
I will be sad to see Daniel Craig depart this series, but there has been speculation for a replacement for year. In fact, it is hard to believe he ended up doing five movies. With Lashana Lynch’s role as a female ’00’ agent the debate will be re-ignited if a woman should play the role. Personally I don’t think it should be a woman -- there would be a fan backlash just as with other franchises. For a long time I has hoped Idris Elba would pick up the role -- I still do, but he may already be too old for the role.
No Time To Die is set for April
While that speculation is ongoing we still have No Time To Die to look forward to. The movie is set for release on April 2nd in the United Kingdom and April 8th in the United States.