But while its journey to the screen hasn’t been smooth, there is hope that No Time to Die can end the Craig era on a high, after the mixed response to Spectre, which (probably) would have been his final mission otherwise.
And here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming No Time to Die…
No Time to Die trailer: When it’s coming?
It’s been confirmed that the first trailer will land on Wednesday, December 4, with the announcement being marked with an exciting 15-second teaser.
Hopefully the trailer will give us any information on the movie’s plot, which remains a mystery beyond the official synopsis so far.
No Time to Die release date: Back on track
Following the departure of Danny Boyle as director, the movie was delayed from its original November 2019 release date.
Cary Joji Fukunaga then signed on as director with a new worldwide release date of February 14, 2020, but that was to change again and it’s now coming out on April 3, 2020 in the UK and April 8, 2020 in the US.
The movie officially went into production on April 28, 2019 and wrapped on October 26, 2019, and has featured a dramatic chase sequence across the ice, a bloodied James Bond and a couple of unfortunate injuries.
No Time to Die cast: Who’s coming back?
Daniel Craig, of course, will be back as James Bond for his final mission, and he’ll be joined by some familiar faces.
Joining Craig in returning to the franchise are Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter and, as rumoured, Léa Seydoux as Dr Madeleine Swann.
Christoph Waltz apparently won’t be back as Blofeld and his name wasn’t mentioned in the official cast announcement.
But there will be a villain and his name is Safin, played by Rami Malek, who is a “nasty piece of work” according to producer Barbara Broccoli.
Malek won’t be the only newcomer, though, as he’ll be joined by Lashana Lynch as Nomi (who may, or may not, become 007), Ana De Armas as Paloma and David Dencik as Waldo, alongside Dali Benssalah and Billy Magnussen in undisclosed roles.
“There was talk. I admit it, my hopes were really high. Not so much anymore. I realise that they’re well into Bond 25 – maybe into pre-production at this point – but I haven’t had any inclination that they plan on using me,” he told Digital Spy.
Speaking of which, the Fleabag writer teased what we can expect from the movie with her input, admitting she wants the female characters to “feel like real people” while seeing what she “can sneak in” in terms of feminist humour.
She also dismissed arguments that the franchise is dated because of how Bond treats women, describing them as “bollocks”.
No Time to Die plot: How will Daniel Craig exit?
With the official cast announcement came our first synopsis for the movie and here it is for your eyes only:
“Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His 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.”
Not much to go on there, but perhaps we can get some hints from the original working title of Shatterhand.
That’s a reference to Dr Guntram Shatterhand in Ian Fleming’s 1964 Bond novel You Only Live Twice. The novel is very different to the 1967 Sean Connery film and sees 007 head to Japan after the death of his wife Tracy.
Bond is requested to assassinate Shatterhand and his wife – who turn out to be Tracy’s killers Ernst Stavro Blofeld and Irma Bunt. 007 eventually kills Blofeld, but loses his memory after receiving a head injury.
With Seydoux returning in No Time to Die, could she be killed and set Bond on a similar path of revenge and eventual amnesia?
That’s pure guesswork on our part, but what we do know is that the new movie will “really shock people”, according to Naomie Harris, who also revealed that we can expect to see “four strong, intelligent women who are responsible for driving the plot forward”.