For over 50 years, the James Bond franchise has represented a certain level of suave action and blockbuster filmmaking that fans have gotten used to. So much so that you could almost pinpoint various elements of the legendary formula in each entry in the series. But now, with NO TIME TO DIE heading to theatres in 2020, there seems to be some brand-new territory for the storied franchise to explore. Take a look for yourself in the first trailer below:
Continuing the story that’s been weaving its web since CASINO ROYALE, NO TIME TO DIE sees England’s most prolific spy (Daniel Craig) at a crossroads. Retired from active duty, he’s no longer 007. That code number now belongs to a fellow spy, Nomi, played by CAPTAIN MARVEL star Lashana Lynch.
The two will eventually have to work together, alongside Bond’s presumably now ex-girlfriend, Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux). With a perfect storm of professional and personal challenges, Bond doesn’t look like he’s going to have an easy go at keeping his head on straight in NO TIME TO DIE’s story.
Returning alongside Dr. Swann are James Bond’s MI6 friends, M (Ralph Fiennes), Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), Q (Ben Whishaw), and Tanner (Rory Kinnear), as well as Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), who hasn’t been seen in the modern run of the Bond franchise since QUANTUM OF SOLACE.
However, NO TIME TO DIE will see a returning evil presence in Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), as well as the emergence of a new baddie played by Academy Award®-winner Rami Malek. Known as Safin, Malek’s villain has a plan we’re not clued into yet. But considering Daniel Craig chastises him for supposedly playing god, it’s probably not something any sane person would sanction in their lifetime.
Bond reeling from a relationship that didn’t end in a death, the 007 call number under another spy’s care, and the possibility of the woman he still loves holding a secret that could tear his psyche apart are all brand-new stakes for the James Bond franchise to explore. And with director Cary Joji Fukunaga helming NO TIME TO DIE, there’s nobody better to help navigate this tangled story of global intrigue and personal fragility.