From top: Rami Malek; Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw; Lashana Lynch and Daniel Craig: The ‘just dropped’ No Time To Die trailer
What you may need to know:
1. Daniel Craig has no time to die, but he does have time for one last outing as James Bond, despite cash-…sorry categorically stating that he was done with the role following the release of Spectre (2015).
2. He’s joined this time by Lashana Lynch as a fellow MI5 superspy; you may recall mass wringing of hands by the Piers Morgans of this world earlier this year, when it emerged that the role of “007” would be played by a woman. A nifty prank, but also surely a test balloon as to whether the series could and should be fronted for real by a female Bond.
3. The screenplay was co-written by in-demand Pheobe Waller-Bridge, creator (and star) of BBC sitcom Fleabag as well as espionage drama Killing Eve. Waller-Bridge was brought on board in April of this year to “polish” the script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
4. It’s directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, currently best known for his work on the first run of True Detective. You’ll remember this astonishing tracking shot he masterminded in one of the episodes. Fukunaga replaced Danny Boyle, who left following “creative differences” with long-time producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
5. You’ve also got Rami Malik in there, fresh from his Oscar winning turn as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), about which the less is said, the better. He plays a “megalomaniac scientist”, whose dastardly scheme apparently has an environmental angle to it. Topical.
6. I’m not entirely sold on No Time to Die. It looks fun, but more of the same: efficiently packaged stunts, explosions and suits, combined with another personal crisis for the guy to overcome. It looks fun, but fun we’ve all had a zillion times before. Well, twenty-four times before, to be exact. I can’t help thinking if this trailer was for a Danny Boyle-directed Bond film, it would have far more going for it.
7. Finally, while we’re on the subject, have a chuckle with these excellent “Bondagrams”
Release: April 2020
Doug’s Verdict: Let’s have a Ron D movie instead next time.
Thanks Sandra Houlihan