Playing the highly talked about the role of James Bond, Daniel Craig says that he had thought the movie ‘Spectre’ concluded his journey as the iconic James Bond, however, the fifth movie titled ‘No Time To Die’ marked the end to his tenure as the British secret agent.
Around six decades since the release of the first Bond film ‘Dr. No’, the infamous spy is returning in the much-awaited 25th Bond movie scheduled to premiere next week which was delayed for 18 months because of the pandemic.
Daniel Craig said, “I didn’t think that I was going to do another movie after Spectre. I genuinely thought that I was going to … just pack it in,”.
“But I’m so happy that I got the chance to come and do this one. And we tied up lots of loose ends. We’ve tried to tell one story with all my Bond movies. It’s like they’re all connected in some way and this one just sort of capped it off.”
Talking about his experience ever since his first Bond movie in 2006 titled Casino Royale, Daniel Craig said “I enjoyed them all … They’re always a bit of a struggle but anything worthwhile is always a bit of a struggle so this was a joy to make… massively grateful to have been given the chance to do it and … all of the memories and all the amazing times … working with just fantastic, amazing people … it’s changed my life … It’s just amazing.”
In a short video doing the rounds on social media platforms, a sentimental looking Craig is seen addressing the cast and crew of the Bond franchise. Bidding farewell to the iconic character he said “And a lot of people here worked on all five pictures with me and I know there’s a lot of things said about what I think about these films or all of those whatever. But I’ve loved every single second of these movies, especially this one because I’ve got up every morning, and I’ve had the chance to work with you guys and that has been one of the greatest honors of my life”
No Time To Die follows the story of Bond coming out of retirement after leading a low profile and peaceful life in Jamaica in order to catch a new villain equipped with lethal technology. The movie has a production cost of approximately $200 million.
The film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga has a run time of around three hours and promises the trademark Bond action, stunts and car chases in scenic locations as well as the cave lodgings of Matera a southern Italian city.
The film will be introducing a new entrant in the Bond Universe named Nomi, a role played by Black actress Lashana Lynch. The character is described as an agent at Britain’s MI6 foreign spy service – a former employer of Bond. Nomi is expected to appear as skilled and fierce as Bond himself.
Lynch commented “She’s also a real human being. She’s grounded and she’s from a good background and takes every opportunity she gets and really runs with it. She’s really shifted things up at MI6 and will continue to do so,”.
“It’s groundbreaking for Black women, for my culture, for the franchise as well that have been pushing the needle forward for a long time now.”
French actress Lea Seydoux reappears as Madeleine Swann from Spectre. She said “Cary wanted to explore a bit more Madeleine’s character… In a way, she’s the heartbeat of the film and the relationship with Bond is much more developed,”.
One of Hollywood’s most treasured, Rami Malek joins the franchise, as a villain called Safin.
Rami told the movie’s official podcast “I looked at every villain in the history of film almost to prepare for this,”.
After being delayed thrice since the original slot of April last year, the movie is all set to premiere on Tuesday in London.