After a high-profile director changeover, various script snafus and filming delays, the 25th James Bond adventure - now known as No Time To Die - is on course to finally hit cinemas next spring. And now we have our first proper look at Daniel Craig's fifth - and likely final - outing as 007 courtesy of an explosive new trailer.
© Den of GeekNo Time To Die trailer: first look at Bond 25
The trailer doesn't give a ton away about the movie's plot, but it does offer up a few interesting story details. So, we learn that Bond has left active service since the events of Spectre and is chilling in Jamaica, before being called upon by his CIA mate Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), who "needs a favour". It's not long before he's back in action alongside new 00 agent Nomi (Captain Marvel's Lashana Lynch), on a mission to take down Rami Malek's creepily masked madman, Safin (a villain who's out to "play god", according to our hero).
Elsewhere, we find out that Bond's happy ever after ending with Dr. Madeleine Swann (a returning Léa Seydoux) didn't quite go as planned, with a grumpy 007 suspecting his erstwhile love interest of betraying him.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about No Time To Die's first trailer is the casual reveal of Christoph Waltz's return as arch-nemesis Blofeld, now in MI6 custody as "the most valuable asset this country has", according to Rory Kinnear's Bill Tanner. It seems that Blofeld will be taking more of a Hannibal Lecter-style role in this franchise instalment, taunting Bond from behind bars, while his early reveal is likely designed to nip any feverish speculation in the bud.
Otherwise, it's pretty much business as usual - Bond regulars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are back as M, Moneypenny, and Q respectively, while the action shows off a fast and furious chase sequence around the historic Italian city of Matera that involves death-defying motorcycle stunts, impromptu bungee jumps and a bulletproof Aston Martin kitted out with a pair of massive machine guns. Standard.
No Time To Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, from a script that's been worked on by a team of writers including Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, The Bourne Ultimatum's Scott Z. Burns and Killing Eve's Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The film will be released in UK cinemas on 2 April 2020.
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