No Time to Die: Everything you need to know

Ian Sandwell, Gabriella Geisinger

From Digital Spy

It feels like it's been a really long wait for the 25th James Bond movie, but No Time to Die is now only months away.

Daniel Craig's final outing as 007 has been shrouded in mystery, hit by release date delays and other dramas behind the scenes, including a change of director from Danny Boyle to Cary Joji Fukunaga.

But while its journey to the screen hasn't been smooth, there is hope that No Time to Die can end the Craig era on a high, after the mixed response to Spectre, which (probably) would have been his final mission otherwise.

And here's everything you need to know about the upcoming No Time to Die...

No Time to Die trailer: Watch it here!

The first trailer landed on Wednesday, December 4 and revealed the return of Christoph Waltz as Blofeld.

Other than that, it's a very Bondian first trailer, with villainous speeches, one-liners and huge action sequences. But is that Rami Malek's Safin behind the white mask or is it someone else?

And should we be worried about whether Q will make it out of the movie alive?

No Time to Die release date: Back on track

Following the departure of Danny Boyle as director, the movie was delayed from its original November 2019 release date.

Cary Joji Fukunaga then signed on as director with a new worldwide release date of February 14, 2020, but that was to change again and it's now coming out on April 2, 2020 in the UK and April 10, 2020 in the US.

Photo credit: MGM/Nicole Dove

The movie officially went into production on April 28, 2019 and wrapped on October 26, 2019, and has featured a dramatic chase sequence across the ice, a bloodied James Bond and a couple of unfortunate injuries.

No Time to Die cast: Who's coming back?

Daniel Craig, of course, will be back as James Bond for his final mission and he came back for a particular reason.

"I always had a kind of secret idea about the whole lot in my head, and where I wanted to take it. And Spectre wasn't that. But [No Time to Die] feels like it is," he noted.

Photo credit: MGM/Nicole Dove

Craig has also been reflecting on his "emotional" final day of filming as 007: "The whole crew came round and gathered outside. Everybody was hugging each other. I tried to make a speech and couldn't get it out."

And no, the producers haven't started looking for his replacement yet.

Joining Craig in returning to the franchise are Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter and, as rumoured, Léa Seydoux as Dr Madeleine Swann.

As confirmed by the first trailer, the reports of Christoph Waltz returning as Blofeld (reprising his Spectre role) were proven to be true.

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"We're trying to honour the legacy of the story, and what Blofeld's meant for the Bond character for so long," Fukunaga explained about Blofeld's return.

"In Spectre, they establish different roots to their relationship. So this film, I think in many ways, tries to continue that adversarial relationship. But obviously, with the obstruction that Blofeld's in prison."

He won't be the only villain around though as there's also Safin, played by Rami Malek, who is a "nasty piece of work", according to producer Barbara Broccoli.

Photo credit: MGM/Nicole Dove

Talking about his role, Malek revealed that he was influenced in a certain way by Freddie Mercury. "If I went in there and tried to make a carbon copy of someone, what joy or fun would that be for anybody?," he said.

"I guess that may be a lesson I learned from Mr Mercury. If it's not original, then why bother?"

Malek won't be the only newcomer, though, as he'll be joined by Lashana Lynch as Nomi (who may, or may not, become 007), Ana De Armas as Paloma and David Dencik as Waldo, alongside Dali Benssalah and Billy Magnussen in undisclosed roles.

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Dave Bautista isn't ruling out a return for his Spectre villain Mr Hinx – who was dragged from a train but never shown dead – either. (Although he's nowhere to be seen in the first trailer.)

"There was talk. I admit it, my hopes were really high. Not so much anymore. I realise that they're well into Bond 25 – maybe into pre-production at this point – but I haven't had any inclination that they plan on using me," he told Digital Spy.

Behind the scenes, the movie has been written by long-time 007 duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, The Bourne Ultimatum's Scott Z Burns and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Speaking of which, the Fleabag writer teased what we can expect from the movie with her input, admitting she wants the female characters to "feel like real people" while seeing what she "can sneak in" in terms of feminist humour.

She also dismissed arguments that the franchise is dated because of how Bond treats women, describing them as "bollocks".

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Dan Romer was originally set to score the movie, but was replaced in early January by Hans Zimmer due to "creative differences".

As for the all-important theme song, Billie Eilish has become the youngest artist ever to record a Bond song at the age of 18. She has written the song with her brother FINNEAS and it's been described as "incredibly powerful and moving".

No Time to Die plot: How will Daniel Craig exit?

With the official cast announcement came our first synopsis for the movie and here it is for your eyes only:

"Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help.

"The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology."

The first trailer didn't give too much more away, except that Madeleine Swann has a "secret" that could prove deadly for Bond, and is potentially linked to Safin's villainous plan.

Photo credit: Nicole Dove - Universal

We also know that the new movie will "really shock people", according to Naomie Harris, who also revealed that we can expect to see "four strong, intelligent women who are responsible for driving the plot forward".

Aside from that, No Time to Die really is being kept under lock and key, but producer Barbara Broccoli has promised that it's an "emotionally satisfying conclusion" to the entire Daniel Craig era.

No Time to Die will be released in the UK on April 2 and in the US on April 8. All the previous Bond movies are available on DVD or Blu-ray.

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