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No Time to Die

2021 James Bond film by Cary Fukunaga

No Time to Die
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCary Joji Fukunaga
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Neal Purvis
  • Robert Wade
  • Cary Joji Fukunaga
Based onJames Bond
by Ian Fleming
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyLinus Sandgren
Edited by
Music byHans Zimmer
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • 28 September 2021 (2021-09-28) (Royal Albert Hall)
  • 30 September 2021 (2021-09-30) (United Kingdom)
  • 8 October 2021 (2021-10-08) (United States)
Running time
163 minutes[1]
Countries
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$250–301 million[2][3]
Box office$22.0 million[4]

No Time to Die is a 2021 spy film and the 25th in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions. It stars Daniel Craig in his fifth and final outing as the fictional British MI6 agent. It is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga from a screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.[5] Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear and Ralph Fiennes reprise their roles from previous films, with Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah joining the cast as new characters.

Development began in 2016. It is the first Bond film distributed by Universal Pictures, which acquired the international distribution rights following the expiration of Sony Pictures' contract after the release of Spectre in 2015. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer subsidiary United Artists Releasing holds the rights for North America, including worldwide digital and television rights. Universal also holds the rights for physical home media worldwide. Danny Boyle was originally attached to direct and co-write the screenplay with John Hodge. Both left due to creative differences in August 2018, and Fukunaga was announced as Boyle's replacement a month later. Most of the cast had signed on by April 2019. Principal photography was from April to October 2019 under the working title Bond 25. The final title was announced in August 2019.

No Time to Die had its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 28 September 2021, and was released in cinemas from 30 September 2021 in the UK and it is set to be released in the US on 8 October 2021, after being delayed by Boyle's departure and later by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plot

A young Madeleine Swann witnesses the murder of her mother by the terrorist Lyutsifer Safin, whom she shoots in retribution. He awakens and she flees onto a nearby frozen lake and falls through the ice. Safin chooses to rescue her.

In the present, Swann is in Matera, Italy with James Bond following the capture of Ernst Stavro Blofeld. They are ambushed by SPECTRE assassins as Bond visits Vesper Lynd's tomb but manages to overcome their pursuers. Bond accuses Swann of betraying him to the organisation and leaves her.

Five years later, an MI6 scientist named Valdo Obruchev is kidnapped from an MI6 laboratory. Obruchev has developed Project Heracles, a bioweapon containing nanobots that spread like a virus upon touch and are coded to specific DNA strands so they are only dangerous if programmed to an individual's genetic code. Bond has retired to Port Antonio, Jamaica where, after years of being out of service, he is contacted by the CIA agent Felix Leiter, who is accompanied by Logan Ash, a fellow American agent. They ask for help in tracking down Obruchev, but Bond refuses. That night Bond is tracked down by a woman named Nomi, who has succeeded him as the new 007; she tells him about Project Heracles. Bond contacts M and reproaches him; the nanobot project had been commissioned by M. Bond subsequently accepts Leiter's request for help.

Bond, Leiter, and Ash fly to Cuba and meet Paloma, another CIA agent allied with Leiter. Bond and Paloma infiltrate a SPECTRE meeting with the aim of retrieving Obruchev, but instead, they walk into a trap. Using a bionic eye to see and communicate while still in custody, Blofeld orders Bond to be killed by the nanobots. Instead, all of the SPECTRE members are killed as Obruchev had reprogrammed the nanobots to destroy the organization per Safin's orders, something which both Bond and Blofeld didn't expect. Bond extracts Obruchev to a boat to meet with Felix and Ash, who turns against them as he is in league with Safin. Ash shoots Leiter and escapes with Obruchev while destroying the ship. Bond manages to swim to safety and escape on a life raft, but is unable to save Leiter from dying.

Moneypenny takes Bond to see Q and gain him the opportunity to meet and speak with Blofeld to find out where Obruchev has been taken with the nanobots. However, Safin visits Madeleine and blackmails her into infecting herself with the nanobots. As Madeleine has been the only person in contact with Blofeld since his imprisonment, he instructs her to infect Blofeld. Bond encounters Madeline in the cell, where he touches her on the hand and unknowingly infects himself. A horrified Madeleine leaves the cell. When Bond meets Blofeld, the latter reveals that he deliberately staged the ambush in Matera five years earlier to make it look as if Madeline had betrayed him. Angered by this revelation, Bond attacks Blofeld and unknowingly infects him with the nanobots, killing Blofeld just as Safin planned.

Upon realizing what happened following Blofeld's death, Bond tracks Madeleine down to her childhood home in Norway. There, he learns that Madeleine has a five-year-old daughter, Mathilde, whom she claims is not his. Madeleine then confesses that, as a boy, Safin's parents were murdered by Madeleine's father on Blofeld's orders, which prompted him to seek revenge on Blofeld and SPECTRE. Despite having succeeded in eliminating Blofeld and SPECTRE, Safin continues on his plan for revenge as he, Ash and their men are on their way to capture Bond, Madeleine and Mathilde. Thought Bond manages to kill Ash and Safin's men, Safin sucessfully captures Madeleine and Mathilde.

Q, Bond and Nomi locate Safin on a Second World War base on an island between Japan and Russia. They use a plane to infiltrate Safin's headquarters and learn that he plans to use the nanobots as a biological weapon against millions of people on the planet so that Safin can take over the world. Nomi takes Obruchev hostage while Bond searches for Safin, who has Mathilde with him. Safin hints that Mathilde is Bond's daughter. Bond shoots Safin's guards, but Safin escapes. Mathilde escapes from Safin and reunites with her mother, Bond and Nomi.

Nomi, Madeleine and Mathilde escape by boat, while Bond stays to open the island's missile silos, which would aid a missile strike from a British warship to destroy the nanobots. Bond and Safin fight, during which Safin shoots Bond several times and infects him with nanobots programmed with the genetic code of Madeleine and Mathilde, thus they would be killed if Bond were to touch them again. Unperturbed, Bond kills Safin and opens the silos. Speaking by radio with Madeleine, Bond tells her he loves her and encourages her to move on without him, and she confirms that Mathilde is his daughter. Bond then accepts his fate perishing to his death as the missile hit the island, thus destroying the nanobot factory and foiling Safin's plot for good.

At MI6, M, Moneypenny, Q, Tanner, and Nomi drink in Bond's honour. In the meantime, Madeleine takes Mathilde to Matera, where she begins to tell her the truth about Bond.

Cast

  • Daniel Craig as James Bond:[6]
    A former MI6 agent who was known as 007 during his service and has been retired for five years at the start of the film.[7][8] Director Cary Joji Fukunaga compared Bond to a "wounded animal" and described his state of mind as "struggling to deal with his role as a '00' [agent]. The world's changed. The rules of engagement aren't what they used to be. The rules of espionage are darker in this era of asymmetric warfare".[9] Craig stated that the film is "about relationships and family".[10]
  • Rami Malek as Lyutsifer Safin:[11]
    An adversary of Bond and Swann and a terrorist leader on a revenge mission.[12][13] Producer Barbara Broccoli described the character as "the one that really gets under Bond's skin. He's a nasty piece of work."[12] Malek described the character as someone who considers "himself as a hero almost in the same way that Bond is a hero".[14][15] Fukunaga described Safin as "more dangerous than anyone [Bond has] ever encountered" and a "hyper-intelligent and worthy adversary".[16][17]
  • Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann:[18]
    A psychiatrist, daughter of Mr. White, and Bond's love interest who assisted him in his mission in the film Spectre. Fukunaga underscored Swann's importance to the film, as her presence allowed him to explore Bond's unresolved trauma stemming from the death of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale.[19] After seeing the film, Seydoux said, "There's a lot of emotion in this Bond. It's very moving. I bet you're going to cry. When I watched it, I cried, which is weird because I am in it".[20]
  • Lashana Lynch as Nomi:
    A new "00" agent who entered active service some time after Bond's retirement and was assigned the 007 number.[21][22] Lynch has said that she hopes her character brings a new layer of relatability to the world of espionage: "When you're dealing with a franchise that has been slick for so many years, I wanted to throw a human spin on it—to deal with anxiety and be someone who's figuring it out, completely on her toes".[23]
  • Ben Whishaw as Q:[18]
    MI6's Quartermaster who outfits "00" agents with equipment for use in the field. Whishaw considers his version of Q to have ended saying, "I think I'm done now. I've done the three that I was... contracted to do. So I think that might be it for me".[24]
  • Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny:[18]
    M's secretary and Bond's ally. Harris says since Spectre, "Moneypenny has grown up somewhat. I think she still has her soft spot for Bond though, that’s never going to go. But she’s an independent woman with her own life".[25]
  • Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter:[26]
    Bond's friend and a CIA field officer. Wright was asked what can be expected from Felix in the film, to which he replied, "Well, I think it's known that Felix pulls James back into the game and away we go from there".[27] While Wright was surprised he was not asked to return in Skyfall and Spectre, he felt Felix's return in No Time to Die "gives more weight" due to his prior absence. Wright said that the film establishes the brotherhood of Bond and Felix, which he described as the "core" of their relationship.[28]
  • Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld:[22]
    Bond's arch-enemy and foster brother. He is the founder and head of the criminal syndicate SPECTRE and is now in MI6 custody. Fukunaga explained why Blofeld returns and teased the character's "new role" in the film by saying, "Blofeld is an iconic character in all the Bond films. He's in prison, but he certainly can't be done yet, right? So what could he be doing from in there and what nefarious, sadistic things does he have planned for James Bond and the rest of the world?".[29]
  • Ralph Fiennes as M:[18]
    The head of MI6 and Bond's superior officer.
  • Billy Magnussen as Logan Ash:
    A CIA agent assigned by Leiter to support Bond in finding Obruchev.[30]
  • Ana de Armas as Paloma:
    A CIA agent assisting Bond.[22] De Armas described her character as "irresponsible" and "bubbly" and playing a key role in Bond's mission.[31]
  • David Dencik as Valdo Obruchev:
    A scientist whose disappearance Bond investigates.[32][33]
  • Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner:[26]
    M's chief of staff.
  • Dali Benssalah as Primo:
    A mercenary and an adversary whom Bond first encounters in Matera.[30][34]
  • Lisa-Dorah Sonnet as Mathilde:
    Bond and Madeleine's five-year-old daughter.[35]

Production

Development

Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of No Time to Die

Development of No Time to Die began in early 2016.[36] In March 2017, screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade—who have worked on every Bond film since The World Is Not Enough (1999)—were approached to write the script by producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.[37] Sam Mendes stated that he would not return after directing Skyfall and Spectre.[38] Christopher Nolan ruled himself out to direct.[39] By July 2017, Yann Demange, David Mackenzie, and Denis Villeneuve were courted to direct the film.[40] In December 2017, Villeneuve decided against the role due to his commitments to Dune.[41]

In February 2018, Danny Boyle was established as a frontrunner for the directing position.[42] Boyle's original pitch to Broccoli and Wilson saw John Hodge writing a screenplay based on Boyle's idea with Purvis and Wade's version scrapped.[43] Hodge's draft was greenlit, and Boyle was confirmed to direct with a production start date of December 2018.[44] However, Boyle and Hodge left in August 2018 due to creative differences.[45][46] During Boyle's time as director, a leaked casting sheet described the male leading role as a "cold and charismatic Russian" and the female leading role as a "witty and skillful survivor". Production also sought male supporting roles of Māori descent with "advanced combat skills".[47] It was reported at the time that Boyle's exit was due to the casting of Tomasz Kot as the lead villain; however, Boyle later confirmed the dispute was over the script.[48][49]

Following Boyle's departure, the release date became contingent on whether the studio could find a replacement within sixty days.[50][51] Cary Joji Fukunaga was announced as the new director in September 2018.[52][53][54] Fukunaga became the first American to direct an Eon Productions Bond film and the first director to receive a writing credit for any version.[55][a] Fukunaga had been considered for Spectre before Mendes was hired, and afterwards had expressed an interest to Broccoli and Wilson about directing a future Bond film.[56] Linus Sandgren was hired as cinematographer in December 2018.[57]

Purvis and Wade were brought back to start working on a new script with Fukunaga in September 2018.[56][58] Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace screenwriter Paul Haggis turned in an uncredited rewrite in November 2018,[59] with Scott Z. Burns doing the same in February 2019.[60] At Daniel Craig's request, Phoebe Waller-Bridge provided a script polish in April 2019. Waller-Bridge was hired to revise dialogue, work on character development and add humour to the script.[61][62][63] Waller-Bridge is the second female screenwriter credited with writing a Bond film after Johanna Harwood co-wrote Dr. No and From Russia with Love.[64][b] Barbara Broccoli was questioned about the Me Too movement at the Bond 25 launch event, where she stated that Bond's attitude towards women would move with the times and the films should reflect that.[64] In a separate interview, Waller-Bridge argued that Bond was still relevant and that "he needs to be true to this character", instead suggesting that it was the films which had to grow and evolve, emphasising "the important thing is that the film treats the women properly".[67][68]

Some concepts changed during development with Fukunaga. An early unrealised idea he considered was to have seen the film take place "inside Bond's head", while being tortured by Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Spectre, up until the end of act two of a three-act structure.[69] Originally, Safin, the villain, and his henchman would wear masks based on Siberian bear-hunting armour. The henchman character was written out before filming, and Fukunaga requested changes to Safin's costume. A new mask based on Noh, a Japanese style of theatre, was introduced as Fukunaga felt that the original mask was dominating the costume.[70]

The film entered production under the working title of Bond 25. The title No Time to Die was announced on 20 August 2019.[71][72][c] Broccoli said, "We were struggling to find a title. We wanted a title that wouldn't give away anything but would be understandable, and after you see the movie, have a deeper resonance, because that's often what Fleming titles are all about".[78]

Casting

After Spectre, there was speculation that it would be Daniel Craig's final Bond film. Immediately after the film's release, Craig had complained about the rigours of performing the part, saying he would rather "slash [his] wrists" than play Bond again.[79] In May 2016, it was reported that Craig had received a $100 million offer from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to do two more Bond films, but turned it down.[80] In October 2016, Craig denied having made a decision but praised his time in the role, describing it as "the best job in the world doing Bond". He further denied that $150 million was offered to him for the next two instalments.[81] In August 2017, Craig said that the next film would mark his final appearance as Bond on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[82][6][83] He reiterated his position in November 2019[84] and again in March 2020, following reports that he was in fact considering a reprise of the role one last time.[85] Craig later acknowledged that the physicality of the part had deterred him from returning to the role, having sustained injuries while filming earlier Bond films.[86] With Craig's departure, Broccoli said that No Time to Die would conclude several narratives from Craig's previous Bond films and "come to an emotionally satisfying conclusion".[56]

In December 2018, director Cary Joji Fukunaga said that Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Ralph Fiennes would all be reprising their roles in the film.[18] Fukunaga also said that Léa Seydoux would be reprising her role as Madeleine Swann, making her the first female lead to appear in successive Bond films.[18] Rory Kinnear returns as Bill Tanner, as does Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter.[26] Wright makes his third appearance in the series after Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace and becomes the first actor to play Felix Leiter three times.[87]

Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, and Rami Malek were announced as cast members in a live stream, at Ian Fleming's Goldeneye estate in Jamaica.[88] The event was on 25 April 2019 and marked the official start of production.[26] Malek was further announced as playing Safin, the film's villain.[89] Malek revealed in an interview that Safin would not be connected to any religion or ideology.[90]

After the release of Spectre it was reported that Christoph Waltz had signed on to return as Ernst Stavro Blofeld for further Bond films, on the condition that Craig returned as Bond.[91] Despite Craig's definite casting as Bond, Waltz announced in October 2017 that he would not return as Blofeld, but did not give a reason for his departure.[92] Waltz's casting as Blofeld in No Time to Die was not announced at the press launch but was revealed in the trailer in December 2019.[93][94]

Filming

Production was scheduled to begin on 3 December 2018 at Pinewood Studios,[95] but filming was delayed until April 2019 after the departure of Danny Boyle as director.[54][96] The film is the first in the series to have sequences shot with 65mm IMAX film cameras.[97] Director Cary Joji Fukunaga and cinematographer Linus Sandgren pushed for using film over digital to enhance the look of the film.[56]

No Time to Die features the Aston Martin Valhalla.

Filming locations included Italy, Jamaica, Norway, the Faroe Islands and London, in addition to Pinewood Studios.[98] In March 2019, production commenced in Nittedal, Norway, with the second unit capturing scenes at a frozen lake.[99] On 28 April 2019, principal photography officially began in Jamaica, including Port Antonio.[100][101] In May 2019, Daniel Craig sustained an ankle injury whilst filming in Jamaica and subsequently underwent minor surgery.[102][103] In June 2019, production was further interrupted when a controlled explosion damaged the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios and left a crew member with minor injuries.[104][105] Also in June 2019, production went back to Norway to shoot a driving sequence along the Atlantic Ocean Road featuring an Aston Martin V8 Vantage.[106] Aston Martin also confirmed that the DB5, DBS Superleggera, and Valhalla models would feature in the film.[107]

In late June 2019, production moved to the United Kingdom. Scenes featuring Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Rory Kinnear were filmed around London, including Whitehall, Senate House and Hammersmith.[108][109][110][111] In July 2019, filming took place in the town of Aviemore and in the surrounding Cairngorms National Park area.[112][113][114] Some scenes were also shot at the Ardverikie House Estate and on the banks of Loch Laggan, just outside the park.[115]

In late August 2019, the second unit moved to southern Italy where they began to shoot a chase sequence involving an Aston Martin DB5 through the streets of Matera. In early September 2019, the main production unit, Craig and Léa Seydoux arrived to film scenes inside several production-built sets, as well as further sequences in Maratea and Gravina in Puglia.[116][117] Scenes were shot in the town of Sapri in southern Italy throughout September. Locations included the town's "midnight canal" and railway station. The city will be referred to as "Civita Lucana" in the film.[118] In late September 2019, scenes were filmed in the Faroe Islands.[119]

The Ministry of Defence in the United Kingdom confirmed that filming took place around the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Dragon and a Royal Air Force C-17 aircraft on undisclosed dates and locations before the COVID-19 pandemic.[120][d] No weapons were fired.[121] Filming of an action sequence with a seaplane took place at CMA CGM’s Kingston Container Terminal in Jamaica. CMA CGM’s container ships, Fort Saint Georges and Fort De France, will also feature.[122][123]

Ben Whishaw praised Fukunaga's directing work: "It was great and you know what was amazing is that he treated it, or was able to approach it, it felt to me almost as if it were an independent film. You know? And it was quite improvisational... we didn't do many takes". He added, "It was very light. Sometimes quite chaotic, but I'm very excited to see how he's constructed the final film".[24]

Principal photography wrapped on 25 October 2019[124] at Pinewood Studios with the filming of a chase sequence set in Havana, Cuba. Production had intended to shoot the sequence earlier, but was forced to reschedule when Craig injured his ankle in Jamaica.[86] Further pick-up shots at Pinewood were confirmed by Fukunaga on 20 December 2019.[125]

Music

In July 2019, Dan Romer was announced as composer for the film's score, having previously worked with Cary Joji Fukunaga on Beasts of No Nation and Maniac.[126] Romer left the film due to creative differences in November 2019.[127] Hans Zimmer replaced Romer by January 2020.[128] It is the first time in the Bond series history that a composer has been replaced during post-production, and the second major personnel change for the film after Danny Boyle left as director.[129] Steve Mazzaro produced the score, while Johnny Marr played guitar. The No Time to Die score album was set to be released through Decca Records in March 2020 but was delayed to 1 October 2021 to coincide with the release of the film.[130][131]

In January 2020, Billie Eilish was announced as the performer of the film's theme song, with her brother, Finneas O'Connell, serving as co-writer as well as the track's producer. The song, which has the same title, was released on 13 February 2020.[132] At the age of 18, Eilish is the youngest artist to record a James Bond theme song.[133][134] Despite the film's delay, the song was nominated for and won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, on 14 March 2021, six months before the film's release date, because the song itself was released during the 2019–20 eligibility period, in anticipation of the film's original April 2020 release date.[135]

Release

Distribution rights

The Sony Pictures contract to co-produce the James Bond films with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Eon Productions expired with the release of Spectre. In April 2017, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, 20th Century Fox (which later became 20th Century Studios), Universal Pictures, and Annapurna Pictures entered a bidding competition to win the distribution rights.[136] MGM secured the North American, digital, and worldwide television rights to the film through its distribution arm United Artists Releasing.[137] Universal became the international distributor and worldwide holder of the rights for physical home media (DVD and Blu-ray) through its subsidiary Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, prior to its joint venture agreement in January 2020 with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.[138][139][e]

Release date and postponements

No Time to Die was scheduled for release in November 2019, but was postponed to February 2020 and then to April 2020 after Danny Boyle's departure.[44][54][f] The premiere in China and a countrywide publicity tour, planned for April 2020, were cancelled due to the early outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.[142] By March 2020, the global spread of the virus and the declaration of a pandemic by the World Health Organization prompted a joint open letter from two James Bond fan sites addressed to the producers. The letter asked that the release be delayed to minimise the risk of spreading the disease and to ensure the film's commercial success.[143][144]

On 4 March 2020, MGM and Eon Productions announced that after "thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace" they had postponed the release until 12 November 2020 in the United Kingdom and 25 November 2020 in the United States.[145][146][g] No Time to Die was the first major film affected by the pandemic.[140] According to Deadline Hollywood, MGM and Universal needed to assure a strong performance across all international markets. It was hoped that the rescheduling to November would ensure all cinemas, particularly those in China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, and France that were closed due to the pandemic, would be open and operational.[140]

In the early stages of the pandemic, an estimated 70,000 cinemas in China closed, and countries including Australia and the United Kingdom closed cinemas to minimise the spread of the virus.[147][148][149] Variety said the studio had already spent $66 million on promoting the film, while The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the delay cost MGM $30–50 million in wasted marketing costs, estimating that the global box office losses could have exceeded $300 million had the film stayed in its April 2020 slot.[3][150] In October 2020, No Time to Die was delayed again to 2 April 2021.[151] The decision to delay the release was made when it became apparent that theatrical markets, especially in the United States, would not see full demand. After the delay was announced, the British chain Cineworld, the world's second-largest cinema chain, closed its cinemas indefinitely.[152] Chief executive Mooky Greidinger said the delay of No Time to Die was the "last straw" for Cineworld following a string of other film delays and cancellations.[153]

In January 2021, the film was rescheduled again, to 8 October 2021.[154] In February 2021, an earlier release date of 30 September 2021 was announced for the United Kingdom.[155] In August 2021, it was announced that the world premiere would be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 28 September 2021; whilst the release date in Australia was delayed from 30 September to 11 November 2021, in response to their national lockdowns.[156][157] It was also screened at the Zurich Film Festival on the same day as the world premiere and the first Bond film to be in the official selection at a festival.[158][159]

Reception

Box office

In No Time to Die's opening weekend it is projected to debut to around $90 million from 50 countries, including the United Kingdom, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain.[160]

In the United States and Canada, No Time to Die is projected to gross $65–85 million in its opening weekend.[161]

Critical response

According to review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 82% of 153 critics have given the film a positive review, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "It isn't the sleekest or most daring 007 adventure, but No Time to Die concludes Daniel Craig's franchise tenure in satisfying style."[162] Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 70 out of 100 based on 39 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[163]

The film has received praise and five-star reviews from many film critics.[164] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called it "an epic barnstormer" delivered "with terrific panache" and with "pathos, action, drama, camp comedy, heartbreak, macabre horror, and outrageously silly old-fashioned action".[165] Zach Marsh of FilmSpeak called it one of the greatest films in the series, with particular acclaim for Fukunaga's direction of the action sequences; he said Craig's performance was the best of any Bond performance and deserving of an Academy Award nomination, echoing similar sentiments from critics after the premiere of Casino Royale.[166] Robbie Collin of The Telegraph described it as "extravagantly satisfying", "often very funny" with gadgets "both improbable and outrageous", and that it has been filmed with "gorgeous" cinematography, starting with "a sensationally thrilling and sinister prologue" and ending with a "moving conclusion".[167] Kevin Maher of The Times said: "It's better than good. It's magnificent."[168] Linda Marric of The Jewish Chronicle wrote: "This is truly everything we expected from Craig's last ever Bond, leaving the actor a chance to pursue other projects away from the burden of having to keep on reprising the same role again and again."[169] Barry Hertz of The Globe and Mail wrote that the film "makes sure that my eyes are following each and every oh-whoa stunt. As well as guaranteeing that I actually care about whether (or, really, how) Bond gets out of this one."[170]

Some reviewers, though, found fault with the film. John Nugent of Empire criticised its length (two hours and 43 minutes), asserting that the plotting and exposition in the middle third "doesn't justify that heaving runtime". Nevertheless, he thought the film "a fitting end to the Craig era".[171] Clarisse Loughrey of The Independent found it uneventful and disappointing: its core premise of biological weapon of mass destruction was described as "generic spy nonsense", while she felt that Rami Malek "gives almost nothing to the role beyond his accent and stereotyped disfigurement makeup".[172] David Sexton of New Statesman wrote that the film "shows signs of emerging from an over-deliberated, market-sensitised production process", adding: "it delivers the set-pieces without ever trying to connect them with any urgency, almost like an anthology or re-mix."[173]

Accolades

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2021 Grammy Awards Best Song Written for Visual Media Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell for "No Time to Die" Won [174]

Future

Two days prior to the film's world premiere, producer Barbara Broccoli stated that there would be no discussions regarding James Bond's recasting, saying; "We want Daniel have his time of celebration".[175] However, Q actor Ben Whishaw shared his opinion regarding the franchise's future in a interview; "There's been 25 films. It's not like people are starved of seeing that kind of iteration of the character. And I think if they want to continue with this character in the franchise, I think you can explode it and do anything. I don't know what that should be, but it seems to me like it should be something quite radical [and] something really different."[176][177]

On the other hand, actor Henry Cavill whom audience and franchise's fans expressed their interests in the latter portraying Bond after Craig, has said he would love doing so, yet shared his love towards playing a Bond villain instead of Bond himself.[178]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The American directors John Huston and Robert Parrish were two of six directors who worked on the 1967 adaptation of Casino Royale, and Irvin Kershner directed the 1983 film Never Say Never Again. However, neither film was produced by Eon Productions.
  2. ^ Harwood also provided uncredited contributions to the script for Goldfinger. Dana Stevens contributed to the script of The World Is Not Enough, but was never formally credited for her work.[65][66]
  3. ^ No Time to Die shares its title with a 1958 film directed by Terence Young, produced by Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli, and written by Richard Maibaum,[72][73][74] respectively the original director, producer and writer of Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Thunderball.[75][76][77] Maibaum and Broccoli went on to write and produce films into the 1980s.
  4. ^ The filming was part of existing commercial relationships across film and television that use British Armed Forces equipment. The details for this particular financial arrangement were not disclosed.
  5. ^ In January 2020, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment entered into a pact for a new joint venture to distribute their new releases and libraries for physical home media in North America. Under a separate agreement for international physical home media releases, Warner Bros will handle the distribution in Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom; while Universal will be responsible for physical home media distribution outside these regions, including Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. The studios will continue to operate their streaming and video-on-demand businesses independently.
  6. ^ After Boyle's departure, the release was postponed to 14 February 2020, then to 2 April 2020 in the UK and internationally and 10 April 2020 in the United States.[54][140] The world premiere was scheduled for the Royal Albert Hall in London on 31 March 2020.[141]
  7. ^ Revised worldwide release dates were not published at the time of the announcement.[145]

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