25th James Bond film 'No Time to Die': Release date, plot, cast, news and all you need to know about Daniel Craig's last outing as 007
'Bond 25' may not have an official title yet but developments over the last few days have left fans in a tizzy.
The word earlier this week was that the movie would be titled 'Shatterhand,' but Barbara Broccoli, the producer of the Bond movie series, later indicated that it was not the title. The movie, which is also Daniel Craig's last outing as 007, has taken some interesting twists and turns during its production.
Here's what we know about the movie so far.
While ‘No Time to Die’ was scheduled to hit theaters in North America on April 10, MGM and Universal announced on Wednesday that the film would be delayed. The film’s official twitter account announced, “After careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of 'No Time to Die' will be postponed until November 2020.” ‘No Time to Die’ will hit US theaters on November 25, and UK theaters on November 12.
During the launch event of the cast in Jamaica, Barbara did share a few tidbits about the plot. "We’ve got quite a ride in store for Mr. Bond,” she said. The producer added that the film will start with Bond out of active service and relaxing in Jamaica. The official log-line states that “[Bond’s] 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.”
The film will see returning actors Lea Seydoux (Dr. Madeleine Swann), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), Ben Whishaw (Q), Rory Kinnear (Tanner) and Ralph Fiennes (M). The list of newcomers includes David Denick ('Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'), Lashana Lynch (of the 'Captain Marvel'), Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen ('Black Mirror') and Ana De Armas ('Blade Runner 2049'). While their roles in the movie are unknown, what we do know is that Oscar-winner Rami Malek will play the villain.
Rami Malek, who garnered rave reviews for his performance as Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' sent in a pre-recorded video stating, "I'm stuck here in New York in production but I'm very much looking forward to joining the whole cast and crew. "
"I will be making sure Mr. Bond does not have an easy ride in this, his 25th outing. See you all soon."
The Egyptian-American actor is currently filming the TV show 'Mr Robot.'
Rami Malek seems to confirm he is playing the new James Bond villain.— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) April 25, 2019
"I will be making sure Mr. Bond does not have an easy ride..." #BOND25 pic.twitter.com/deHdY6lteB
The producers confirmed that the script will be written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. While Danny Boyle was initially roped in to helm the project, on August 21, it was revealed that Boyle had departed the project due to creative differences. Cary Fukunaga ('True Detective) was then announced as the new director.
The official trailer is yet to be released and, with the cast announced, it's only a matter of time before we see the title and a teaser clip out.
Recently it has been revealed that there was a "controlled explosion" on the set of the new James Bond movie.
Taking to Twitter, the official James Bond account tweeted saying, "During the filming of a controlled explosion on the set of Bond 25 today at Pinewood Studios, damage was caused to the exterior of the 007 Stage. There were no injuries on set, however, one crew member outside the stage has sustained a minor injury."
During the filming of a controlled explosion on the set of Bond 25 today at Pinewood Studios, damage was caused to the exterior of the 007 Stage. There were no injuries on set, however one crew member outside the stage has sustained a minor injury. pic.twitter.com/8O9tOgwMYK— James Bond (@007) June 4, 2019
This happened to be another setback for the production, which already had to deal with Daniel Craig's injury. The actor had injured his foot during a stunt for the movie in Jamaica. He had to undergo a surgery in his ankle which then resulted in a two-week rehabilitation period.
On August 20, the title of the 25th Bond movie starring Daniel Craig was revealed to be 'No Time to Die'. The announcement was made on the franchise's official Twitter feed where they also revealed the release date of the film and wrote, "Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, 007 in… NO TIME TO DIE. Out in the UK on 3 April 2020 and 8 April 2020 in the US. #Bond25 #NoTimeToDie." Along with the announcement, a clip of the first look of the title was also shared.
Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, 007 in… NO TIME TO DIE. Out in the UK on 3 April 2020 and 8 April 2020 in the US. #Bond25 #NoTimeToDie pic.twitter.com/qxYEnMhk2s— James Bond (@007) August 20, 2019
That's what we know about 'Bond 25' so far. Watch this space for more updates!