No Time to Die, otherwise known as James Bond 25, is going to tie up the events of the last two movies in the franchise, Skyfall and Spectre. This, according to star Naomie Harris, who plays Moneypenny alongside Daniel Craig's 007. For most franchise entries, noting that it will tie up the events of the previous two movies wouldn't be big news, but Bond isn't a typical case and, considering how little has been revealed about this entry in particular, this is certainly noteworthy.
Throughout the history of the Bond franchise, storylines have continued but, more often than not, the movies have been made to standalone. However, Daniel Craig's tenure has been heavily serialized, with Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace serving as more of a part 1 and part 2 of the same story. Now, thanks to a new interview with Namie Harris, it sounds like Skyfall, Spectre and No Time to Die will form something of a narrative trilogy. Here's what she had to say about it.
"It's a tie-up of Skyfall and Spectre. But with massive, massive surprises that even had me like, 'Oh, wow!' So I think we're going to really shock people."
There have been near countless rumors regarding Bond 25's plot, but considering how many rewrites it has been through, and the changes with the director, those rumors are far more unreliable than usual. Cary Fukunaga Beasts of No Nation, True Detective ultimately ended up in the director's chair, following the departure of Danny Boyle. Naomie Harris, speaking more specifically about Daniel Craig's James Bond when we catch up with him this time around, explains he's now more in touch with his feelings.
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"I would say that he's reconnected with his heart. We're definitely seeing a Bond who's more in touch with his feelings and more open to falling in love. At the end of Spectre there are women he gives his career up for: there's no more emotional attachment than that. It's just about moving with the times and recognising that women can no longer be seen as eye candy."
Spectre concluded with Bond walking away from MI6 to be with Madeleine Swann Lea Seydoux. No Time to Die will pick up with Bond semi-retired, before being pulled back into the fold by his old buddy Felix Jeffrey Wright. That will put him on a path to squaring off with a new villain, played by Oscar-winner Rami Malek Bohemian Rhapsody, with a dangerous technology at the center of the plot.
It's also been reported that Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch will be taking up the mantle of 007 at MI6 in Bond's absence. That doesn't mean she's the new Bond, but it's certainly something new within the series. The script was a group effort, written by franchise regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, as well as Scott Z Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. No Time to Die is set to arrive in theaters on April 8, 2020. This news comes to us via GQ.
No Time to Die was supposed to grace us with its presence this month, but then the coronavirus stepped in and threw a wrench into those plans. Now the latest James Bond film is set for a November release, which has lead some to wonder if director Cary Fukunaga would use this time to re-edit and perhaps polish the film more before its eventual release date. According to Fukunaga, the answer to that question is a big fat no. In fact, Fukunaga says the film is great as is already, and doesn’t need any more work.
No Time to Die is in the can. If you thought the release delay was going to be used as an excuse to do more post-production work on the flick, you were mistaken. Folks on Instagram took to asking Cary Fukunaga this question directly, and the director was nice enough to answer. When asked if he was using this time to “trim and polish” the latest Bond epic, Fukunaga replied:
“Some people have asked me this and although more time would have been lovely, we had to put our pencils down when we finished our post-production window, which was thankfully before COVID shut everything else down.”
In other words: it’s a done deal. Fukunaga even expanded on this, commenting that even if he wanted to do more post-production work it’s just not in the film’s budget – that sort of work costs money, folks. “Although Bond is a big movie, we still have to weigh cost with value,” Fukunaga said, adding: “And like anything, you could tinker endlessly. The movie is great as it is, hope yall will feel [the] same too when it comes out.”
It’s good to know that Fukunaga is happy with the finished film although I wouldn’t expect him to pop-up months before release and say, “Guess what guys: my movie sucks.”
In No Time to Die, “Five years after the capture of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, James Bond has left active service. He is approached by Felix Leiter, his friend and a CIA officer, who enlists his help in the search for Valdo Obruchev, a missing scientist. When it becomes apparent that Obruchev was abducted, Bond must confront a danger the likes of which the world has never seen before.”