Sign up for our PoliticsNY newsletter to get the latest coverage and stay up to date on the 2021 elections in your district and across NYC
Daniel Craig thought he finished his tenure as James Bond with “Specter,” but the actor says his final fifth appearance as a British secret agent on “No Time To Die” allowed him to complete his 007 journey in full.
Almost 60 years after the premiere of the first Bond film, Dr. No, cinema’s most popular spy, known for his love of fast cars and cool gadgets, returns next week after an 18-month delay due to COVID. Back in the highly anticipated 25th Bond film -19 pandemic.
An estimated $ 200 million to produce “No Time To Die” shows Bond emerging from an idyllic Jamaican life in search of a new villain armed with deadly technology.
“I didn’t think that I would do another film after ‘Specter’. I really thought I was going to … just wrap up, ”Craig told Reuters.
“But I’m so happy that I got the chance to come and do this. And we tied a lot of loose ends together. We tried to tell a story with all of my Bond films. It’s like they’re all connected in some way, and this one just kind of crowned it. “
The nearly three-hour film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, promises the usual bond action, car chases and stunts in picturesque locations, including the cave dwellings in the southern Italian city of Matera.
It introduces the new character Nomi, played by the black actress Lashana Lynch, who is simply described as a 00 agent at Bond’s former employer, the British international espionage service MI6. She looks just as wild and dexterous as Bond.
“She’s a real person too. She is down to earth and has a good background and takes every opportunity she gets and really runs with it. She really moved things up at MI6 and will continue to do so, ”Lynch said.
“It’s groundbreaking for black women, for my culture, including the franchise that has been driving the needle for a long time.”
French actress Lea Seydoux repeats her role as Madeleine Swann from the 2015 film “Specter”.
“Cary wanted to know more about Madeleine’s character … In a way, she’s the heartbeat of the film and the relationship with Bond is much more developed,” said Seydoux.
Rami Malek joins the franchise, one of Hollywood’s most treasured, as the villain Safin.
“I watched every villain in film history almost to prepare for it,” he told the film’s official podcast.
After “No Time To Die” was postponed three times since its original slot in April 2020, it will celebrate its world premiere on Tuesday in London.
“I’ve enjoyed them all … they’re always a little bit of a chore, but anything that’s worth it is always a little bit of a chore so it was a pleasure to do,” said Craig, who wrote his 2006 Bond trip at Casino Royale ”began.
“(I’m) immensely grateful that I got the chance and … all the memories and all the great times … working with fantastic, great people … it changed my life … it’s just amazing.”