It looks like we may be getting a trailer for No Time to Die aka Bond 25 as early as next week. The upcoming film in the Bond franchise will be Daniel Craig’s last. His first appearance as Agent 007 was in 2006’s Casino Royale. His Jason Bourne-esque take on the character brought the fictional spy to a whole new generation. Since then, Craig has embodied Bond three times; the last time was in 2015’s Spectre. No Time to Die will end the story of Craig’s Bond (and potentially Bond as we know it).
No Time to Die has taken quite some time to come together. The movie marks the end of five intertwined stories; Craig's Bond has been given the most linear thread of movies in the character's history on screen. That, combined with the pressure of wanting to send Craig off into the sunset with a good supervillain, has undoubtedly contributed to pre-production issues. Originally, indie filmmaker Yann Demange was set to direct the film. Demange was relieved of his directorial responsibilities when Danny Boyle pitched his own idea for it. Boyle then began work with his writing partner John Hodge. Just as casting was underway, Boyle and Hodge left the project due to creative differences. Cary Joji Fukunaga has since stepped in to direct with a plethora of writers to work on Bond 25’s story (including Fleabag mastermind Phoebe Waller-Bridge).
According to Collider, Cary Joji Fukunaga and cast members Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Léa Seydoux are all set to appear on Good Morning America next Wednesday, December 4th. The group's appearance has led many to deduce that a trailer will premiere on GMA. Production on the film apparently went off without a hitch and ended last month. With an April 8, 2020 release date, it seems like the right time for Bond fans to receive their first glimpse of No Time to Die.
The amount of time the film spent in pre-production had only increased fan anticipation for the film. A lot of people didn’t even think there would be another Daniel Craig Bond movie. The actor has made comments in the past about being tired of playing the character, saying things like he would “rather slit his wrists” than do another Bond movie. Those comments were admittedly sarcastic, referring to the struggle of being a middle-aged action hero. Regardless, the character has changed his life, and No Time to Die aims to deliver him a worthy sendoff.
Not much is known about the future of the Bond franchise after Craig's departure (other than Phoebe Waller-Bridge is set to write the next movie). Many theories revolve around the idea that No Time to Die will either kill Bond off or have him permanently retire (because this is "no time to die"), leaving the door open for another type of 00 Agent. The franchise has exclusively been headlined by men; perhaps it's time for a female Bond (of sorts). If they were to do this, the new character would most likely not be "James Bond;" they would merely take up the mantle/position. Regardless, after Craig hangs up his suit and tie, James Bond will be in need of an overhaul equatable to the one he was responsible for in 2006.
- No Time to Die/James Bond 25 (2020) release date: Apr 08, 2020