Trailer Park 007™ Special: No Time To Die


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

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10 thoughts on “Trailer Park 007™ Special: No Time To Die

  1. Slightly Bemused

    I am looking forward to this. Not least because there are two beautiful women playing leading roles in it, and not just as eye candy. It is about time the franchise recognised women as equals, and I think this episode will cross the gap somewhat.

    I am also still a liker of the ‘James Bond is a role’ fan theory :) Easily allows for women to be the Bond.

  2. class wario

    I can’t help but read the title as if said in the form of an old rural Irish saying or something: “ah, that’s no time to die” etc

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Or as in directions:

      If I were you, I would not die here! Take a left at the pub keep going until you hit the old Clancy lane and turn lwft. When ye hit the place where Jimmy Mac proposed to Mary Eilinn, take a right and that will bring you there. But not before 6 you understand. ‘Tis not open until then! Then ye can die to your hearts content!

  3. Verbatim

    It’s not out until April? What a teaser! I’ve only seen one James Bond movie, and I’d go and see this one, if I’m still around….

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      Which one? The one where he drives a flash car, shags at least one beautiful woman, blows stuff up, gets caught by the bad guy, but ultimately defeats him? That one?

      Great theme tune too!

      1. Verbatim

        Casino Royale, I was amazed by the opening sequence which went on and on…it took me a while to realize that I was looking at a James Bond.

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