No Time to Die – release date, cast, trailer, song, new 007 and your complete guide to Bond 25

James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Paloma (Ana de Armas) in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film.

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Grab a Vodka Martini, it’s settled: the No Time To Die release date is 30 September 2021 and, for Bond fans, this is as serious as any MI6 briefing.

Your mission is to learn everything about Daniel Craig’s final adventure as 007.

So adjust the cuffs of your Tom Ford tuxedo and prepare for the ultimate Bond-nanza.

No Time to Die release date: 30 September 2021

No Time To Die at a glance – Bond 25 in a nutshell

  • No Time to Die is the 25th film in the James Bond franchise. It’s the current 007 Daniel Craig’s fifth and final adventure as Ian Fleming’s MI6 superspy, and promises to add to his incredible highlight reel as cinema's signature secret agent.
  • No Time to Die was originally due for release 4 March 2020 before being pushed back three times. However, the final change to the release date has brought it forward to 30 September 2021.
  • No Time to Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation). Fukunaga is the first American director of an (official) Bond film. Irvin Kirshner directed Never Say Never Again but that isn’t in the official Eon canon.
  • No Time to Die’s script is written by series veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade – who’ve written every Bond film since 1999’s The World is Not Enough – along with Fukunaga. At Daniel Craig’s request, the brilliant Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) was brought in to add polish and humour.
  • No Time to Die will have a runtime of two hours and 43 minutes (163 minutes). That’s 13 minutes longer than Spectre, officially making it the longest Bond film to date.
  • At 18, Billie Eilish is the youngest artist to record a Bond song. No Time to Die – co-written with her brother Finneas O’Connell – won a Grammy on 14 March 2021.


James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film.

Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

No Time To Die plot – what’s the new James Bond film about?

If you’ve studied the action genre, you’ll know that however grizzled and gristly they get, our heroes never stay retired.

Take James Bond (Daniel Craig) in No Time To Die. After a punishing career spent foiling a long line of metal-toothed, pincer-handed maniacs, 2015’s Spectre saw 007 quit the spy game, choosing a future with Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) over continued service to M, Queen and country. No Time to Die kicks off several years later. Bond is cooling his heels in Jamaica but, intriguingly, it seems he and Swann are no longer together…

Before you can say ‘submersible Lotus Esprit’ Bond’s palm-dappled solitude is shattered by a visit from CIA agent and long-time compadré Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) with news of a vanishing act by scientist Waldo Obruchev (David Dencik). Leiter needs someone he can trust to hunt Obruchev down and, with the entire CIA failing to make the grade, Bond is his hail-Mary pick.

 

Naturally, Bond’s in, but when his investigations surface a sinister and hyper-intelligent puppet master by the name of Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek), a simple manhunt explodes into a deeply personal mission to neutralise a global plot that could kill millions.

Bond may well end up wishing he’d stayed in his hammock on the beach. While for film fans, that's our cue to grab the popcorn, sit back, and settle in for another 007 action-fest.


 

No Time to Die cast and characters – Heroes

We’ve known Bond since 1962’s Dr No, through a total of 25 films and with eight actors taking on the role of Ian Fleming’s iconic MI6 spy. But in his final outing (capping the longest ever run as James Bond by an actor) Daniel Craig dives into the ‘flaws’ that drive 007 (“I always had a secret idea,” he says, “of where I wanted to take it”).

But this isn’t just a man’s world.

Nomi (Lashana Lynch) is ready for action in Cuba in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film.

Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Producer Barbara Broccoli has spoken of reflecting the #MeToo movement, and you feel the winds of change in Nomi (Lashana Lynch): a confident young agent who wants Bond off the mission, not least because, with Bond’s retirement, she inherited his ‘007’ agent designation.

That’s right! As No Time to Die opens, the new 007 is a woman.

The real question is, will she still have the codename when the credits roll?

Paloma (Ana de Armas) in Cuba in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film.

Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Then there’s CIA butt-kicker, Paloma. Described by actress Ana De Armas as “bubbly”, “irresponsible” and “messy” there’s never been a more relatable female character in the Bond franchise. We can’t wait to see her join forces with James. 

And as for Bond’s backroom staff, you can set your laser watch by dad-bod action-hero and intelligence chief M (Ralph Fiennes), PA-on-steroids Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and fastidious knitwear-aficionado and MI6 gadget-master Q (Ben Whishaw).

No Time to Die cast and characters – Villains

Given that Bond’s nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) was taken down in 2015’s Spectre, the world should now be all candyfloss and puppies, shouldn’t it? Well, no.

But, while Blofeld rots in MI6 custody during No Time To Die, a new villain has risen in the form of Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek). If you only know Malek as the Oscar-winning star of Bohemian Rhapsody and Mr Robot, prepare to be thoroughly creeped out by his soft-spoken, mask-wearing psychopath, currently setting the internet ablaze with theories that his character is actually Dr No, from the original film.

Safin (Rami Malek) in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film.

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Intriguingly, Malek doesn’t deny it: “I heard that rumour,” he told Esquire. “Isn’t that an exciting thing to consider?”

It certainly is. Perhaps not incidentally, you see that shattered mask he’s seen wearing in the No Time to Die trailers?

It’s a dead ringer for those used in Japanese Noh Theatre. Noh, No? Oh no…

James Bond (Daniel Craig) visits Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) in his prison cell in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film.

Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

One more thing: just because Blofeld is behind bars, it doesn’t mean he’s out of Bond’s hair.

As we see in the No Time to Die trailers, Ernst Stavro is still in a position to taunt his superspy foster brother.

What’s more, he more than happy to stir the bubbling pot of intrigue, hinting at a troubling childhood link between Madeleine Swann and Safin.

 


No Time to Die cars: Four Astons and shiny new Landy

It just wouldn’t be James Bond in a knackered Citroen Saxo. Take your seats for No Time To Die and brace yourself for automotive overload.

We know from the trailer that the new Land Rover Defender will feature in the mother of all off-road chases, while long-time Bond marque Aston Martin has confirmed No Time To Die will feature four models from the illustrious British carmaker: Bond’s classic 1964 DB5, the current flagship DBS Superleggera (driven by Nomi), a familiar-looking 1985 V8 Vantage Volante (see below), and the next-gen mid-engined hypercar, the Valhalla. 

It just wouldn’t be James Bond in a knackered Citroen Saxo. Take your seats for No Time To Die and brace yourself for automotive overload.  We know from the trailer that the new Land Rover Defender will feature in the mother of all off-road chases, while long-time Bond marque Aston Martin has confirmed No Time To Die will feature four models from the illustrious British carmaker: Bond’s classic 1964 DB5, the current flagship DBS Superleggera (driven by Nomi), a familiar-looking 1985 V8 Vantage Volante (see below), and the next-gen mid-engined hypercar, the Valhalla.

Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

We’re particularly excited to see that Bond’s bulletproof DB5 has had a few extra refinements added during its last service. Check out the trailer to see James wasting a bunch of bad guys with Gatling guns that pop out from behind the Aston’s headlights.

For eagle-eyed Bond-watchers, however, the sleuth’s V8 Vantage Volante might be the most tantalising ride of the film: it’s got the same numberplate (B549 WUU) as the car from 1987’s The Living Daylights, so does it still have the pop-out skis and chassis-slicing lasers? Here’s hoping…


 

No Time to Die locations – Where does the new James Bond film take place?

As well as shooting at Pinewood Studios – home to the world-famous 007 Stage, purpose-built for The Spy Who Loved Me in 1976 – No Time To Die globe-trots between Kingston and Port Antonia in Jamaica, London, Aviemore in Scotland’s Cairngorms and the lonely beauty of the Faroe Islands.

James Bond (Daniel Craig) in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film.

Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

The scene where Bond is trapped beneath a frozen lake went down in Nittedal, Norway, but perhaps the best stunt sequence we’ve glimpsed so far is the chase through the stunning hill town of Matera in the Basilicata region of southern Italy (with a movie-magic detour via the two-tier aqueduct bridge in the nearby town of Gravina).

Let’s just hope it all stays stunning after Bond has launched himself off the bridge, skidded a motorbike up the roof of an ancient basilica, and rearranged a lot of stonework with his DB5’s headlight guns…

 


No Time to Die – song and soundtrack

From Duran Duran to Adele, the Bond films have always snared the finest contemporary musical talent around to set the mood for the adventure to come. Naturally, No Time To Die also has its finger on the world’s musical pulse, with Grammy-hoarding alt-pop sensation Billie Eilish turning in a slow-burn ballad that the 18-year-old whispers in your ear like a twisted fairytale.

Eilish recalled that No Time To Die took just three days to write in a tour bus crossing Texas – but that waiting for Craig’s verdict was nerve-wracking: “He has a big say in it. He's really involved. He's got to like it before they move on.”

As for No Time to Die’s soundtrack, Dan Romer – who’d previously worked with Cary Joji Fukunaga on Beasts of No Nation and Maniac – was originally picked as the composer before leaving the project in January 2020. However, film composing legend Hans Zimmer quickly stepped into the breach for his first-ever Bond soundtrack, bringing friends, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and Steve Mazzaro along as co-composer and producer, respectively.

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