Today, the final installment of the 007 franchise with Daniel Craig was revealed to the world. No Time to Die, which was co-written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, looks like a beautifully shot and pedla-to-the-floor installment. Fukunaga took over directing and writing duties from Danny Boyle, who left the project over creative difference.
Boyle works from a script by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, Emmy-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Fukunaga himself, and the film finds reigning Best Actor Oscar winner Rami Malek stepping into the villain role while Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) and Ana de Armas (Knives Out) join an ensemble that includes the return of Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, and Ralph Fiennes.
As for the trailer itself, there is a lot going on here. This isn’t a teaser but a full trailer that gets into Bond’s retirement, an assignment that pulls him out, meeting up with the new 00 (Lynch), confronting the villain (Malek), the conflict with Spectre‘s Madeline Swan (Seydoux), and more. Visually, the film looks stunning, as one would expect with Fukunaga at the helm, but as for the story, I’m curious to see what they’re going for here. If this is Craig’s last outing as Bond (and all indications seem to be), how do they want to close out this chapter of the franchise before inevitably casting someone new in the role?
While some people are probably expecting to see Craig die in No Time to Die, that would be a huge departure from the franchise. Any Bond that left before, completed the film as usual only to have a new actor pop up in the next film. We shouldn’t expect any different. Although, it would be interesting to see how the film fares after the acclaim Skyfall receive only to lose it in Spectre.
The film hits theaters on April 8, 2020.