After literally waiting years for this film come out, "No Time to Die" is finally here! The long-awaited flick was initially set to hit theaters November 2019 but was then postponed to April 2020. On March 4, 2020, due to the life-changing nature of the pandemic, the film was delayed again. The film's star Daniel Craig even hosted the popular sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" while promoting the film and acknowledged that it was delayed until further notice. But now, there are no more delays. "No Time to Die" is currently playing in theaters...so here are the 9 things you need to know before you watch it.
Bond Is Coming Out of Retirement
Since Bond's last assignment in "Spectre," he went straight into retirement. After so many years as a faithful 00, Bond decided to take leave with his partner Madeleine Swann and try to enjoy a regular life without so much excitement. Now, after 5 years away, he's coming out of retirement. No matter how badly Bond wants out, this type of work has a way of pulling him back in.
The Aston Martin DB5 Is Back in Action
This will come as no surprise if you've seen the trailer or even the last scene from "Spectre," but Bond is still sporting the Aston Martin DB5. The iconic Bond vehicle has managed to stay relevant throughout the years because nothing beats a classic car like this one. The car made its first appearance in 1964's "Goldfinger." It seems quite appropriate that for Bond's 25th film he'll be driving the beloved automobile.
This Is Daniel Craig's Last Film as Bond
If you weren't already aware, this will be Daniel Craig's last feat as the debonair James Bond. Craig has proved to be a compelling Bond, and a fan favorite for many. Both Craig and Sean Connery are who most people think of when they hear the name James Bond. Though to be fair, most of Connery's films rank higher than Craig's films overall. Regardless, we can't say we're happy to see Craig set down the suit. But we understand that being Bond is something that requires a lot of effort and dedication. Plus, it's only right that Craig passes on the torch to another young hopeful that can continue this legendary legacy.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge Helped Write the Screenplay
Of all the things you need to know about "No Time to Die," this is something you might not have expected. While writing the screenplay for this flick, Emmy-winning actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge was brought onboard to help out. Initially, she read the script and met with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and director Cary Joji Fukunaga to discuss how they wanted to evolve it. Later, she met Broccoli and Daniel Craig to go through the psychology of Bond. Craig admitted to liking "Fleabag" and "Killing Eve" which Phoebe was happy to hear. Look out for nuances in the dialogue that Phoebe may have influenced.
Music by Hans Zimmer
One of the things you'll be ecstatic to know is that award-winning German composer and music producer Hans Zimmer is producing the soundtrack for "No Time to Die." The composer has won an Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, and four Grammys. From his work on 1995's "Lion King" to his score for 2009's "The Dark Knight" and beyond, Hans Zimmer is the gold standard when it comes to producing amazing soundtracks for films. Also, on the subject of the film's music, Billie Eilish has already won a Grammy for the "No Time to Die" theme song.
Rami Malek Joins the Cast as the Main Villain
Something we always look forward to with each new Bond flick is the Bond villain. Our newest 007 nemesis has been said to be the most diabolical one yet. This terrorist trying to take over the world is Lyutsifer Safin, who's being brought to life by Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek. From what we've seen, Safin looks terrifying. It looks as though he has some kind of skin disorder or previous injury from looking at his face. Whatever the case may be, there have been internet rumors floating around about this particular villain. There's nothing that we can confirm, but some say he's awfully reminiscent of the very first Bond villain ever, Dr. No.
Christoph Waltz Is Reprising His Role as Blofeld
Ernst Stavro Blofeld has his evil plans thwarted in "Spectre." When he implored Bond to kill him, Bond refused. So, Christoph Waltz's Blofeld will be coming back into the mix, albeit from a solitary, confined prison cell. Bond will be visiting Blofeld to get some answers about his new villain along with some other info that he may not have intended to hear. Waltz absolutely nailed the devilishly detached demeanor of Blofeld, going toe-to-toe with Bond in the last film. So, we can expect some very cryptic clues from Blofeld if he even offers Bond anything at all.
Many of Our Favorite Bond Allies Are Returning
Though Bond is certainly up against one of his greatest threats to date, he's not alone. Bond's greatest allies will be resurfacing to ensure that Bond will make it out alive. His allies include Felix Leiter, Eve Moneypenny, M, and Q, just to name a few. Bond will also be making some new friends, and he'll need all the help he can get.
Léa Seydoux's Madeleine Swann Has a Big Secret
Since the release of the first trailer for "No Time to Die," one of the things we don't know much about is Madeleine Swann's big secret. A very unclear message from Blofeld to Bond tells us that she's hiding something. Blofeld tells Bond, "When her secret finds its way out, it'll be the death of you." Like we previously mentioned, this could be some kind of ploy by Blofeld to throw Bond off his game. It could also be the truth since Blofeld has nothing to gain or lose given his current situation. We do know that new villain Safin knows Swann in some capacity which is troubling. But we don't fully understand the extent of their relationship. We'd guess she's either manipulating him or worse, she's manipulating Bond. We hope it's the former and not the latter.
October 8, 2021
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