Believe it or not, but it’s been six years since James Bond last graced the silver screen in 2015’s “Spectre.” That’s the longest stint between Bond films since 1989’s “License To Kill” and 1995’s “Goldeneye,” which saw Pierce Brosnan donning 007’s tuxedo as Timothy Dalton‘s successor.
No one has replaced Daniel Craig in the Bond role for the upcoming “No Time To Die,” but someone has taken Bond’s 007 code name. In the new film, Craig’s Bond has since retired from spycraft for good but reluctantly gets dragged back into the world of espionage after a scientist goes missing.
Here’s the official synopsis for the new film:
In No Time To Die, 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 isn’t the only actor returning to the franchise in “No Time To Die.” Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, and Rory Kinnear all return to reprise their roles from the Craig-era Bond films. Joining them are newcomers Rami Malek, playing the film’s villain Lyutsifer Safin, Lashana Lynch as Nomi, a new 00 agent who has taken over Bond’s 007 number, and Ana de Armas, a CIA agent who assists Bond on his latest mission. Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, and Billy Magnussen round out the cast’s new players.
Cory Joji Fukanaga, director of the 2018 Netflix mini-series “Maniac” and 2015’s “Beasts Of No Nation,” directs “No Time To Die.” He also co-wrote the screenplay with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the writing team behind the last seven Bond films, and “Fleabag” star Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Hans Zimmer provides the film’s score, and pop sensation Billie Eilish sings the movie’s theme song.
James Bond’s future is uncertain, with Craig playing Bond for the fifth and final time and Amazon‘s purchase of MGM this summer. However, there’s no uncertainty about the October 8 US release date for “No Time To Die.” Marketing-wise, it’s reportedly been too expensive for the studio to postpone the film’s release continually. Check out the final trailer for the film below.
Additionally, a new documentary is coming to AppleTV+ soon. The untold story of Daniel Craig’s 007 legacy in the special retrospective, “Being James Bond,” hits AppleTV+ on September 7. Watch the trailer below.