All the latest news on No Time to Die in one place.
The 25th James Bond film has experienced a rocky start throughout. Initially Daniel Craig was reluctant to reprise the role of James Bond but once he agreed to return things got underway.
Neal Purvis and Robert Wade got down to work on the screenplay and Eon announced November 2019 release in the US. However, their work was discarded when Danny Boyle was signed in May 2018 to direct a screenplay written by long-term collaborator John Hodge.
Working to a December start date for an October 2019 release, pre-production work commenced. This included building sets at Pinewood and on location in Canada.
In August 2018 the production was thrown into turmoil when Boyle left the production due to creative differences. So it came as little surprise when the planned release was delayed to February 2020 when Cary Fukunaga was announced as Boyle’s replacement in September 2018. And back on board Bond 25 were Purvis and Wade.
In February 2019 a further delay was announced to April 2020 as Cary Fukunaga worked on the script himself, as well as bringing in Scott Z Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Filming took place in Norway in March 2019 prior the film officially getting underway in Jamaica during April 2019. Other locations used include London, southern Italy and Scotland, with the shoot ending at Pinewood in October.
It wasn’t until August 2019 that Bond 25 finally got a name, when Eon announced it was to be titled No Time to Die.
However, that was not the end of the delays. In early March 2020 with four weeks to go before the premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall the filmmakers took the tough decision to postpone the release until November because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The disease had arrived in Italy a fortnight prior and it was just a matter of time before covid-19 arrived in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
In October 2020, just after promotion of the film had restarted in earnest, the film was delayed again to April 2021 as a second wave of covid-19 swept over Europe. It remains to be seen whether that date is set in stone.
In No Time to Die (2020) 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.
What we know so far
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Screenplay: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Scott Z Burns, Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Producers: Barbara Broccoli & Michael G Wilson
Cinematography: Linus Sandgren
2nd unit director: Alexander Witt
Special Effects and Action Vehicles Supervisor: Chris Corbould
Casting Director: Debbie McWilliams
Editor: Tom Cross and Elliot Graham
Production Designer: Mark Tildesley
Costume Designer: Suttirat Larlarb
Supervising Stunt Coordinator: Olivier Schneider
2nd Unit Stunt Coordinator: Lee Morrison
Visual Effects Supervisor: Charlie Noble
James Bond: Daniel Craig
Madeleine: Léa Seydoux
M: Ralph Fiennes
Q: Ben Whishaw
Moneypenny: Naomie Harris
Felix Leiter: Jeffrey Wright
Bill Tanner: Rory Kinnear
Paloma: Ana de Armas
Nomi: Lashana Lynch
Release: 2nd April 2021
Production start: 28th April 2019