James Bond No Time to Die UK release date – film’s cast, plot, trailer and latest news

Everything you need to know about Bond 25 from release date to cast, locations to plot as new trailer drops

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James Bond (Daniel Craig) prepares to shoot in 

NO TIME TO DIE, 

a DANJAQ and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film.

Credit: Nicola Dove

© 2019 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

It’s been a long time since we last saw Daniel Craig suit up as James Bond in Spectre, going toe-to-toe with the wicked Ernst Blofeld (Christoph Waltz – who’s back in Bond 25)

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Fans have been left waiting for Bond’s next outing on the silver screen after a series of disruptions, including losing its original director, saw the film’s release date pushed further and further back.

Now there’s a new director at the helm, but what else do we know about No Time to Die?

Here’s everything you need to know about Bond 25.

New James Bond film’s release date

Bond 25 will be released on 3rd April 2020 in the UK and 8th April in the USA.

Bond 25 was initially billed for release on 25th October 2019, which would have meant a four-year gap between the new film and the release of Spectre.

Filming for No Time to Die eventually wrapped, funnily enough, on the day it was originally supposed to hit cinemas.

New James Bond film’s title

Update: We finally have a title for Bond 25! No Time to Die. The title was unceremoniously dropped by the film’s Twitter account on 20th August.

There had been plenty of speculation that the new Bond film would be named Shatterhand – something Broccoli herself ruled out when signing an autograph of a fan-made title card. Others suggested it would be titled Eclipse after a crew member used the name on her profile on a jobs website. Looks like everyone was wrong…

Is there a trailer?

A new trailer was unveiled during the Super Bowl, suggesting that the 25th Bond film will “change everything”.

The first trailer showed the return of Bond arch-nemesis Blofeld (once again played by Christoph Waltz).

It also hints at a dark secret being concealed by Bond’s love Madeleine Swann and introduces us to Rami Malek’s villain, known only as “Safin”. (There’s some speculation that “Safin” is actually a cover and that Malek is playing an updated version of classic Bond villain Dr. No, though that’s as yet unconfirmed.)

There is also a preview trailer teasing Billie Eilish’s new theme track for the film…

New James Bond film’s cast

As well as Craig in his final outing as Bond, Ralph Fiennes (M), Lea Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner) and Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter) will all be reprising their roles for the new film.

The main antagonist? After months of speculation, Rami Malek was confirmed in a live reveal in April 2019. He will play a character called Safin.

He revealed via video link that he was going to play a Bond villain, saying: “I promise you all I will be making sure Mr Bond doesn’t have an easy ride in this, his 25th outing.”

He later added on Good Morning America: “This is just a perfect follow-up to Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Queen biopic which saw him win his first Oscar in February 2019. “Going from one iconic Brit to an iconic British franchise.”

Malek has also revealed that he sought reassurance from director Cary Fukunaga that his character wouldn’t be portrayed as an Arabic-speaking terrorist.

B25_25403_RCSafin (Rami Malek) in NO TIME TO DIE, a DANJAQ and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2019 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Safin (Rami Malek) in No Time to Die

“It’s a great character and I’m very excited,” he told the Mirror. “But that was one thing that I discussed with Cary. I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That’s not ­something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out’. But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”

Alongside Malek are a host of famous names. Captain Marvel’s breakout star Lashana Lynch has joined the cast as a character called Nomi, who will reportedly get the code name 007 after Bond retires (more on that here), while Ana de Armas is believed to be Bond’s love interest – Paloma.

David Dencik will play a character named Waldo who, according to a tweet from the actor’s cousin, is another villain, while Billy Magnussen is reportedly starring as a CIA agent and Dali Benssalah joining the cast in an unannounced role.

Intriguingly, Ernst Blofeld (played Christoph Waltz) will be returning to the Bond franchise, the villain from Spectre making a comeback in the film’s first full trailer.

B25_16764_R James Bond (Daniel Craig) visits Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) in his prison cell in NO TIME TO DIE, a DANJAQ and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2019 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

What is Bond 25 about?

No Time to Die has been written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-bridge, based on a story by Purvis, Wade and Fukunaga.

With Waller-Bridge part of the writing team, we’re hoping for a sparky Fleabag-inspired script this time around.

“There’s something about James Bond that always intrigued me in a similar way that Villanelle did,” the Killing Eve writer told The Hollywood Reporter. “They live a fantasy! But it’s a life none of us would ever want, if we’re honest. We don’t want to go put a bullet in someone’s head to sleep with people and have martinis. It’s a kind of fantasy nightmare.”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Getty, SL
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Getty, SL

Waller-Bridge added: “A lot has been made of me coming on board because I’m a woman, and that’s wonderful. But also I can’t take credit for the movie that was written. It’s Cary’s movie.”

It’s been announced by Barbara Broccoli that the film will start with Bond living in the Caribbean, no longer working for Her Majesty’s Service.

“Bond is not on active service when we start the film, he is actually enjoying himself in Jamaica. We consider Jamaica bond’s spiritual home. He starts his journey here,” she said.

The film’s official synopsis reads: Recruited to rescue a kidnapped scientist, globe-trotting spy James Bond finds himself hot on the trail of a mysterious villain, who’s armed with a dangerous new technology.

Naomie Harris, who plays Eve Moneypenny fuelled speculation saying that No Time to Die would be a “tie-up of Skyfall and Spectre” with plenty of shocking moments.

“[No Time to Die has] massive, massive surprises that even had me like, ‘Oh, wow!’ So I think we’re going to really shock people,” she told GQ in an interview.

She added: “We’re definitely seeing a Bond who’s more in touch with his feelings and more open to falling in love.”

A behind-the-scenes sneak peek from director Cary Joji Fukunaga revealed that Bond will have been in retirement for five years at the start of No Time to Die.

“Where is he? After five years of retirement, who has he become?” the director asks in the clip.

“He is sort of a wounded animal, struggling with his role as a 00. The world has changed, the rules of engagement aren’t what they used to be, the rules of espionage are darker in this era of asymmetric warfare.”.

He also appears to tease the threat posed by Malek’s Safrin: “There is someone new out there, more dangerous than anyone he has ever encountered, and whoever they are is smarter and stronger than Spectre.”

No Time to Die’s filming locations

The film was shot in Jamaica, Matera in Italy, London and Norway, where early scenes were filmed by a frozen lake. The James Bond Twitter account shared a few photos from Italy.

Who will direct the next James Bond film?

After Danny Boyle quit the project in August 2018, it was announced the following month that US director Cary Joji Fukunaga would helm Bond 25.

Fukunaga was director and executive producer of the 2014 series of True Detective, which saw him scoop the Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. He was also at the helm of Netflix’s acclaimed mini-series Maniac.

Cary Joji Fukunaga will now direct Bond 25 (Getty)

The 41-year-old has previously directed feature film Sin Nombre and the 2012 film adaptation of Jane Eyre, both of which garnered positive reviews from critics.

News of his hire was confirmed by the official James Bond Twitter account by producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

The statement read: “We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

Who is singing the Bond 25 theme song?

Billie Eilish
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It was confirmed in January 2020 that 18-year-old Billie Eilish would write and perform the title track for No Time to Die, making her the youngest artist ever to perform a 007 number – she’s co-written the song with her brother, singer/songwriter Finneas.

“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way,” Eilish said. “To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honour.  James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.”

No Time to Die producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, meanwhile, described the song as “incredibly powerful and moving”, adding that it has been “impeccably crafted to work within the emotional story of the film”.

You can listen to the track here:

Prior to the Eilish announcements, the rumour mill had suggested that Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey and Beyonce might be recording the No Time to Die theme song, while Adele was also reported as potentially returning to the franchise after impressing with her 2012 track Skyfall.

Ed Sheeran (Getty, EH)
Ed Sheeran (Getty, EH)

Ed Sheeran’s manager Stuart Camp confirmed in August 2019 that the star had met with Bond boss Barbara Broccoli two years earlier and that the filmmakers were “interested” at the time in having Sheeran perform the theme.

“It’s certainly something [Sheeran would] want to do though, it’s a box that’s still to be ticked, for sure.”

Looks like Ed will have to wait for his shot…

It was also confirmed in January that Oscar winner Hans Zimmer would provide the score for No Time To Die, replacing original composer Dan Romer who left the project in December 2019.

What cars are there in Bond 25?

Bond’s car in the new film will be… the Aston Martin Valhalla. The hybrid car is capable of going from 0 to 60mph in under three seconds, and is powered by a specially-developed turbocharged V6 petrol engine.

The Valhalla – which replaces the model used in Spectre – is priced at £1.5 million, and follows in the tradition of Aston Martin naming its cars with the letter ‘V’, this time drawing on Norse mythology.

“Aston Martin model names always attract a lot of attention,” explained Aston boss Andy Palmer. “They do so because they invariably capture an emotion or tell a story.

“Norse mythology contains such powerful language and rich storytelling it felt only right that the AM-RB 003 (as it was formerly named) should follow the Valkyrie’s theme.”

The classic Aston Martin DB5 – first featured in 1964’s Goldfinger and reintroduced for the Daniel Craig era in 2006’s Casino Royale – will also play a part in the film.

A new guide to the classic James Bond car, the Aston Martin Db5, is set for release on 14th April, 2010, but you can pre-order it already.

Will this be Daniel Craig’s last appearance as 007?

Since taking the reins from Pierce Brosnan as the secret agent in 2005, Craig has garnered universal praise for his portrayal as Bond in the last four films.

After claiming he would “rather slash his wrists” than play Bond again, but in August 2017 Craig confirmed he would be back playing Bond for “one last time” in the 25th film, with rumours rife that Bond may die in the closing moments.

Asked by The Late Show host Stephen Colbert if he was “done with Bond” in November 2019, Craig confirmed, “Yes – it’s done.”

Why was Bond 25 delayed?

The schedule was thrown into jeopardy when original director Danny Boyle pulled out of the project, citing ‘creative differences’.

It was previously reported by The Sun that Boyle, 61, quit as director over a reluctance to kill off Bond at the end of the film.

A source explained: “Daniel Craig… and producer Barbara Broccoli are believed to have wanted Bond to die in a ‘spectacular finale’, according to sources. But Oscar-winner Boyle, 61, refused to kill off the secret agent, labelling the idea ‘ridiculous.'”

Boyle has since added to Metro.co.uk: “I learned my lesson that I am not cut out [for franchises] otherwise you’re digging in the same hole. I am better not quite in the mainstream franchise movies, is the honest answer.”

The film was further pushed back when Craig, 50, wanted to help wife Rachel Weisz out at home, after she gave birth to their first child together in September 2018.

The delay also saw him sign up to a second project, playing the lead in murder mystery film Knives Out (alongside Bond co-star Ana de Armas) which filmed in late 2018.

The various setbacks put the new Bond film at a release date of 14th February 2020 – but that was delayed AGAIN, with Bond 25 now set to be released in the UK on 3rd April 2020, almost two months later.

Hopefully, this time the release date will stick…

How did Daniel Craig injure himself during filming?

During an action shoot on set in Jamaica, Daniel Craig slipped while sprinting, sustaining an injury to his ankle.

The production team confirmed on Twitter in May 2019 that the 007 actor would be out of action for two weeks as he underwent ‘minor surgery’.

However, the tweet added that the film should still be on course for its April 2020 release date.

Just a few weeks later, in June 2019, an explosion caused a minor injury to a crew member, and destroyed some of the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

But by mid-June, things looked back on track when the official Bond Twitter page shared a photo of Craig hitting the gym in preparation to restart shooting.

Actress Naomie Harris told Entertainment Weekly: “He’s such a trooper and such a strong guy that I think even if he was still in pain, he would just chug along and make sure that we complete it on schedule.”

And by the end of the month, the official James Bond Twitter account had shared a picture and video of the star filming with an Aston Martin V8 in Whitehall, London.

How will Bond 25 end?

The producers are taking no chances with No Time To Die plot leaks, with Fukunaga shooting three different endings to the film.

The project is so shrouded with mystery, not even Craig knows which ending will be chosen as the film’s “real” ending.

According to reports, one ending sees a group of people being gassed on a dance-floor, while one source has suggested Bond could be killed off and replaced by a woman in the very final scenes.

“Everyone’s in the dark, the secrecy is off the chart,” a source told The Mirror.

Behind the scenes of the new Bond film

The team has released a snazzy behind the scenes look at Bond 25. Take a look at Fukunaga and Craig in action on set below.

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An official picture from No Time to Die, featuring a bloodied Bond, was also released in early November 2019.

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