Bond’s back, and possibly for the final time. In No Time To Die, Daniel Craig reprises his role as the British spy for the fifth time, accompanied by a familiar cast of Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter, a CIA officer who persuades Bond to return for one last mission. New additions to the cast include Captain Marvel‘s Lashana Lynch as a 00 agent and Rami Malek as the ‘bio-terrorist’ Safin. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time To Die hits theatres in April 2020. Here are 5 things the trailer got us excited for:
1. The return of Blofeld
Three of the five Bond villains during Daniel Craig’s run have been played by Oscar winners – Javier Bardem in Skyfall, Christoph Waltz in Spectre and now, Rami Malek in No Time To Die. Many felt that Waltz as Blofeld didn’t get his due in Spectre, saddled with a harebrained plot motivation that revealed him as Bond’s step-brother. His character could’ve easily been swept under the rug, but we’re glad Blofeld’s back, and as sinister as ever.
2. Ana de Armas and Daniel Craig teaming up again
If you watched Rian Johnson’s whodunit Knives Out over the past weekend, you know how well Daniel Craig (as a French detective with a southern drawl) and Ana de Armas (as a meek, kind-hearted nurse) play off each other. The characters they’re playing this time around couldn’t be more different, but de Armas as the gun-wielding Paloma, someone who allegedly helps Bond navigate treacherous new terrain, has us excited to see them kick ass on the same team once more.
3. A fresh take on the ‘Bond, James Bond’ quip
No Time To Die takes place five years after the events of Spectre, director Cary Joji Fukunaga told Empire. Understandably, when Bond returns to headquarters, the security guard has no idea who he is, forcing him to drily deliver this quip. It’s an irreverent take on an iconic line that first appeared in Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel Casino Royale. The result is befuddlement instead of awe. Its cheekiness also has Phoebe Waller-Bridge (of Fleabag fame) written all over it.
4. The first female 00 agent
Lashana Lynch as Nomi, an agent who allegedly takes on the 007 mantle during Bond’s five-year disappearance, isn’t going to give it up so easily. “You get in my way, I will put a bullet in your knee,” she says, pauses, and then whispers pointedly, “The one that works.” Few could go toe-to-toe with Bond’s stone-faced snark like she just did.
5. Q and his toys
Arguably one of the best parts of Skyfall, Ben Whishaw as Q returns for this installment of the franchise, bringing Bond a whole new set of fancy toys. Who else but he would think to equip an Aston Martin with machine guns that appear in place of headlights?