No Time to Die is the 25th installment in the James Bond film franchise and is on the list of the most anticipated films, especially as the last Bond film was released six years ago, which was Spectre. It has been a long wait for the fans.
Fans are of course excited to see Daniel Craig playing the role of an MI6 agent. The actor has been able to play the role of James Bond with an unmistakable flair. Let’s find out more about this highly anticipated film.
A Quick Lowdown on the Plot
In the film, Bond has left the active service and leading a quiet life in Jamaica. However, his break is short-lived when his old friend comes asking for help, (Felix Leiter from the CIA). The mission is to rescue a kidnapped scientist and although it sounds simple, it is more treacherous than expected, making Bond come face to face with a series of trials of a mysterious villain who has all the destructive new technology at hand. The film’s plot seems to start five years after the events start unfolding with Spectre.
More About the Cast of No Time to Die
Our first focus is obviously on Daniel Craig. The English don, the titular MI6 007 agent, James Bond. The other main threat playing in the film is Lyutsifer Safin, who plays a criminal mastermind played by Academy Award-winning actor, Rami Malek. He plays a not-your-run-of-the-mill kind of terrorist who does not harbor any kind of religious-based terrorist ideology. What sets him apart is that he plays a very different kind of terrorist; he is as heroic as he is unsettling.
The First Black Female 007 Agent
The other face being introduced into the cast is Lashana Lynch. The Jamaican-origin British actress shot to fame with the role of a fighter pilot, Maria Rambeau, in Captain Marvel. Lynch will be playing the role of an MI6 agent who becomes 007 after the Bond’s retirement. This makes her the first Black female 007 agent.
Her casting did face a racist backlash from specific quarters of Bond fans forcing Lynch to stay away from social media and take a break while focusing on meditation and family. She took it very positively, stating that she felt she was part of a revolutionary change and was proud of herself.
The Other New Additions
The first female 007 agent is not the only new addition to the movie. Ana de Armas, playing the role of CIA agent Paloma also joins the cast. She has co-starred with Daniel Craig in the critically-acclaimed detective thriller – Knives Out – released in 2019.
The other new cast members playing significant roles in the film are Billy Magnussen, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, and more.
The Old Members of the Cast
Some of the returning cast members include Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as MI6 chief M, Rory Kinnear as M’s chief of staff Bill Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, and Jeffrey Wright donning the role of CIA agent Felix Leiter. Léa Seydoux and Christoph Waltz will reprise their roles in the franchise as well.
Seydoux takes up her role as French psychologist Madeleine Swann while Waltz reclaims her role as SPECTRE head Ernest Stavro Blofeld. Both the characters of Seydoux and Waltz first made their appearances on Spectre.
The Spectacular Premiere
While the reviewers are all waiting to give the movie five stars since the trailer looks great and the film has been mounted on a gargantuan scale. No wonder its premiere was as royal as it gets with The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge glamorizing the red carpet with their gorgeous outfits. Kate Middleton stole the show with her sparkling gold Jenny Packham gown.
Tennis sensation, Raducanu also made her appearance on the red carpet in a long gown, and she was among the guests and went on to join several healthcare workers and members of the Armed Forces at the event, expressing gratitude for their help in the Covid pandemic.
Now, it is up to the audience to embrace the film or reject it. Will this much-anticipated Bond film live up to the hype? Well, we have to wait and watch this space for more.