The road to production for Bond 25 has left fans both shaken and stirred. Daniel Craig has reportedly wanted out of the series for some time. And, after the disappointing Spectre, his run didn’t exactly leave off on a high note.
Craig eventually did sign on for the project, which has since been titled No Time to Die. Yet, considering the mainstream popularity of the 57-year-old franchise, the next James Bond adventure has remained fairly quiet as of late. Here’s when you can plan on seeing No Time to Die.
Production on ‘Bond 25’ is complete
Believe it or not, James Bond will return to theaters in less than six months. No Time to Die — directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga — will be released on April 8, 2020. The film only recently completed filming, as announced on the official 007 Instagram page.
That feels like a pretty tight turn-around for such a massive production. But No Time to Die has already persevered through a few on-set crises. Meeting a theatrical release deadline doesn’t seem like much of a challenge by comparison. So we’ll likely see some kind of trailer by year’s end.
Oscar winner Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) will play the villain this time around. Returning Bond supporting player Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) will pull Bond back into active service again. No Time to Die also notably brought in Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge to polish the script, especially the female characters.
‘No Time to Die’ is Daniel Craig’s last 007 film
As we’ve alluded, Craig was less than enthusiastic to suit up one more time. But presumably, No Time to Die will pull out all the stops to ensure that it’s a highlight of his tenure as the iconic spy. Casino Royale and Skyfall both remain fan favorites, with the latter proving to be especially influential.
So, following that pattern, Craig is due for another beloved appearance as Bond. Although we don’t know where the film will leave Craig’s Bond, Fukunaga appears to have gone all-out for No Time to Die. In addition to Wright, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, and Léa Seydoux reprise their roles from previous films.
While we don’t expect Bond to perish in this next film, the team behind it looks determined to deliver one final thrill ride for fans who have supported Craig’s Bond since the beginning.
What’s next for the series?
With Craig about to hang up the tailored suit, the future of the James Bond series feels completely uncertain. Every once in a while, rumors about Idris Elba or a laundry list of other actors up for the role make the rounds. Yet, the producers have given no indication where they might take the series. For all we know, Lashana Lynch’s role as the first female 007 could be a way to test interest in a female-led variation on the Bond series.
Perhaps the best thing that the Bond franchise can do after No Time to Die is just to rest. Taking a few years off without any announcement about what lies ahead may be contradictory to today’s universe-building mindset. But the Bond franchise — or, Craig’s era, at least — has earned a hiatus after No Time to Die.
No Time to Die will hit theaters on April 8, 2020.