Watch: The latest trailer for No Time To Die
“It’s the fifth and final [Bond] film that Daniel Craig is going to be doing,” producer Barbara Broccoli reveals on the first episode of No Time To Die: The Official James Bond Podcast.
“[No Time To Die is] a culmination of everything that his portrayal of the character has been through, and it ties up all the storylines. It’s a pretty epic film, I have to say.”
Part of that arc that the film will address is Bond’s emotional journey from the emotionless ‘blunt instrument’ whose heart was broken by Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, to the secret agent who was ready to settle down with Léa Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann at the end of Spectre.
“He felt betrayed [by Vesper] and it hardened him a great deal,” adds producer Michael G. Wilson, “he’s been going through these films peeling back that hardness, evolving his humanity.”
French star Seydoux says her character plays a key part in Bond’s redemption, in her second Bond film which she describes as ‘more psychological and more emotional’ than Spectre.
“We needed Madeleine to tell Bond’s story,” she explains, “I think it was important to see Bond in love again, because he had this relationship with Vesper, but she betrayed him.
“This time, I think [Madeleine] is the real love in a way. I think that the film is also a love story between the two of them, and so it’s very unusual for a Bond film to see James Bond in love, and I think it’s quite modern in a way.”
Previous to Casino Royale, Bond’s biggest love story in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which saw George Lazenby’s Bond marrying Diana Rigg’s Tracy di Vicenzo. It was a short-lived marriage, as the film ended with her being assassinated by Blofeld. Could a similar fate await Madeleine?
Bond’s determination to root out the bad guys will draw him out of retirement, add screenwriters Neal Purves and Robert Wade.
“At the end of Casino Royale – the book – [Bond] is determined to find, and hunt down, the arm that holds the whip and gun,” says Wade.
“That’s the arc that we’re trying to get to on [No Time To Die]: he can’t stop doing that, even if he’s got a relationship, and even if he’s retired.”
In No Time To Die, 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.
The film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM), and Universal Pictures International was written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Spectre, Skyfall), Fukunaga, Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve, Fleabag).
Starring Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, with Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes as “M”, No Time To Die lands in cinemas on 12 November.