James Bond star Daniel Craig’s final take as 007, has finally received a title: “No Time to Die.” The announcement came on Tuesday through a short teaser. According to MGM in the final Craig led film, Bond has left the service and living a peaceful life in Jamaica. His retirement is short-lived when CIA friend Felix Leiter turns up and calls on James Bond to rescue a kidnapped scientist. The mission is far more treacherous than first believed, sending Bond on the trail of a villain armed with new technology.
The 1970s-stylized font suggests that director Cary Fukunaga could potentially depart from some of the modern takes and fall back to the Bond era defined by Sean Connery and Roger Moore. The film’s previous director, Danny Boyle, ended up leaving over disagreements with Eon. The title announcement comes after MGM released footage in response to a string of bad news that dogged production.
Accidents plagued film production
In May, Daniel Craig injured his ankle during filming. A month later, a controlled explosion went wrong, damaging part of the iconic 007 stage at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. It was reported that there were no injuries on set, however, the movie Twitter account tweeted that a crewmember did suffer a minor injury.
This is not the first time the word die has been used in a Bond film. Moore tackled voodoo death in “Live and Let Die,” and Pierce Brosnan faced death in “Tomorrow Never Dies,” and “Die Another Day.”
Rami Malek is taking his turn as the next Bond villain
Bond fans will see the return of Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, and Ralph Fiennes. Fans will be introduced to a new set of characters portrayed by Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah. Rami Malek is cast as the villain for Craig’s final 007 film. Waltz was confirmed to return as Blofeld. Craig’s version of Bond, was a modernized character, that managed to set himself apart from the world that has been taken over by Jason Bourne. Craig entered the franchise, as Hollywood began seeing success with reboots, thanks in part to “Batman Begins.”
“No Time to Die” was originally slated for a November 2019 release, but was push backed after Danny Boyle left the project. Fukunaga is best known for his work on “True Detective,” and “Beasts of No Nation.” The first script is penned by veteran Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Fukunaga, Scott Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge all contributed to the final version. “No Time to Die,” will arrive in theaters April 8, 2020. This will be the last time James Bond fans will see Daniel Craig as the super spy with a license to kill.