It’s nice to refer to Bond movies by their proper names instead of a production code.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 25th official James Bond film will be called No Time To Die. As previous reports indicated, the film will see a retired Bond enjoying life in Jamaica when his old CIA pal Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) recruits him for an off-book mission. As MGM’s synopsis puts it, “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.”
Besides Craig and Wright, the film features Rami Malek (presumably as that new villain), Léa Seydoux (reprising her role from Spectre), Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, Rory Kinnear, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, and Ralph Fiennes. Rumors also suggest Christoph Waltz will reprise his role as Ernst Stavro Blofeld and Lynch will play Bond’s 007 replacement back at MI6, but either report has yet to be confirmed. Chatter also suggests Malek may be playing some updated version of Dr. No.
Considering the Jamaica setting, an update of Dr. No isn’t the worst idea out there. Remixing the established character and ideas opens up certain possibilities while allowing the series to clean up certain questionable aspects of the earlier films and Ian Fleming’s novels.
In the meantime, we can expect more news about No Time To Die in the coming months. It is scheduled for release on April 8th, 2020.
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