No Time to Die gets a set of posters that highlight the James Bond movie's cast, including Rami Malek as its villain. Daniel Craig is returning to play Mr. Bond a fifth and final time in next year's installment, which was delayed after it went through a change in directors. Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation) ultimately called the shots on the film and only wrapped production near the end of October. He directed from a script he's credited as co-writing, along with longtime Bond writers Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns (The Report), and Fleabag creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
The No Time to Die ensemble is just as impressive as its writing team, with Craig and Malek joined by Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) and Craig's Knives Out costar Ana de Armas, along with returning Bond actors Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, and Ralph Fiennes. Bond fans got their first look at the cast in action earlier this week, when a teaser dropped announcing the No Time to Die trailer's arrival on Wednesday. MGM has since unveiled a fresh set of character posters that further highlight the film's stars.
Among those featured in the posters are Craig as Bond and Malek as the villainous Safin, along with Lynch as Nomi, Armas as Paloma, and Whishaw and Seydoux in their respective roles as Q and Madeleine Swann. You can check them out in the gallery below.
Plot-wise, No Time to Die will pick up the plot threads left dangling by Craig's previous Bond movies (Skyfall and Spectre especially), in an effort to bring the actor's time on the franchise to a satisfying close. The film will actually start out with Bond having left active service and living a quiet life with Madeleine in Jamaica, before his old pal Felix Leiter (Wright) turns up, asking for his help. From there, the pair take on Malek's Safin, a figure possessing "dangerous new technology" and a proper supervillain, according to James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. Details beyond that are under-wraps at the moment, ahead of the No Time to Die trailer's release. However, it has been reported Lynch's Nomi has taken up the 007 mantle in Bond's absence.
Between its top-notch cast and creatives, No Time to Die has a lot going for it on paper. Fukunaga has demonstrated a great deal of versatility throughout his previous work and ought to bring some welcome technical flourishes to the film, much like Sam Mendes did to Skyfall and Spectre before it. Further, the Bond producers are said to be pleased with Waller-Bridge's contributions to the script (which include fleshing out its various female characters), and are already trying to get her to return for Bond 26. Lynch and Armas' careers are also on the up and up right now, and No Time to Die should do little to alter their current trajectory. As for Malek: the actor is coming off his Oscar win for Bohemian Rhapsody, so it will be interesting to see if his Bond villain lives up to the early hype.
- No Time to Die/James Bond 25 (2020) release date: Apr 08, 2020