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Everything We Know About No Time To Die (Part I)

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No Time to Die, the 25th film in the James Bond franchise, has been one of the most anticipated films for at least two years. If it weren’t for the pandemic, fans of the iconic fictional spy would have been able to see Bond in action much earlier. The last Bond film, SPECTRE, was released six years ago. So, this wait is really torturous for the fans.

Fortunately, the situation is getting better and in just two days, the film No Time To Die will be officially released in Indonesian cinemas. For this reason, after we previously presented two articles on the previous recap of Daniel Craig’s James Bond action, it feels right to share what we know about the film No Time To Die — Daniel Craig’s final farewell as James Bond.

What’s the plot?

The official synopsis of the film outlines the story as follows:

In No Time To Die, Bond has left the world of espionage and is enjoying a quiet life in Jamaica. However, the calm is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA shows up asking for help. Bond returns to his old world. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more dangerous than previously thought, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain known as Safin armed with dangerous new technology.

Based on what is stated in the final trailer material and supported by the confirmation of the filmmaker, Cary Joji Fukunaga, the setting of Bond 25 is five years after the events of SPECTRE.

What is revealed in the trailer?

The fourth trailer/final trailer was released on August 31st. If we summarize with the other three trailers, it can be said that there are quite a lot of disclosures about what is actually expected from this latest installment of Bond’s action. It is shown that Safin is on a revenge mission and his target is Swann. And, it seems, from a snippet of a scene, it seems that Safin has a past connection with Bond as well. Interestingly, there is a scene that suggests Bond will work with his adoptive brother as well as his nemesis: Blofeld, who is in prison after the events at SPECTRE.

Plus, there’s enough action in the trailer to get your adrenaline pumping. There’s jumping off stone bridges, bike racing over old walls, piloting unique flying machines, missiles fired from naval ships, and the return of the legendary Aston Martin DB5 that fires machine guns.

Important players

First, Daniel Craig. In the film, Bond is shown as retired from active duty but forced out when a major threat lands.

That threat is Lyutsifer Safin — the criminal mastermind played by Academy Award winner Rami Malek. Speaking to the Daily Mirror in July 2019, Malek, who is of Egyptian descent, said he told Fukunaga that he did not want Safin to show any religious or ideological identity.

Another major new face is Lashana Lynch. The British actress from Jamaica is by far best known for playing fighter pilot Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel. Lynch will play an MI6 agent who becomes 007 after Bond retires. This made her the first black female 007 agent. Lynch’s election had sparked a controversy that hit the actress mentally, even though she is now recovering.

Ana de Armas, who plays CIA agent Paloma. Armas is back with Craig after co-starring with Craig in the critically acclaimed detective thriller Knives Out.

Billy Magnussen, Dali Benssalah and David Dencik are among the other new faces.

The key players in the SPECTRE chapter who will once again be seen in the film are Léa Seydoux and Christoph Waltz. Seydoux reprises his role as French psychologist Madeleine Swann while Waltz returns as SPECTRE head Ernest Stavro Blofeld. The returning cast also includes Ralph Fiennes as head of MI6 M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q, Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter, and Rory Kinnear as chief of staff M Bill Tanner.

(To be continued in part II)

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