By: Nick Lehner
-February 8, 2020 1:00 am EDT-
No Time to Die | The Next Chapter of 007
Craig's James Bond
Daniel Craig has come a long way since his debut as the master spy James Bond in 2006. He’s played in high stakes poker games, avenged his lover Vesper, and battled against a compromised MI6. Then Spectre arrived in 2015 an while its was a box office success, overall it was not Craig’s best outing as the classic character. Spectre’s efforts to bring the last four films together felt forced. That mixed into a subpar plot made for a weak ending to Craig’s James Bond. Or did it?
Putting in the Work
Following the release of Spectre Daniel Craig said in interview with Time Out Magazine that he would rather, “Slash his wrists” than make another Bond movie. He would go on to denounce the statement, but the damage was done. He went on to explain in that interview that, “If I did another Bond movie it would only be for the money”.
Craig can’t be judged to harshly for his comments however. In 2015 the actor was 47 with four Bond films under his belt. That includes several injuries sustained while filming them since Craig does his own stunt work. While filming Casino Royale he smashed out his two front teeth filming a fighting scene. In Quantom Solace he separated his shoulder and lost the tip of his finger. During Spectre’s filming he sprained his knee. Finally injuring his ankle in No Time to Die.
Chief stunt coordinator for the Bond films Casino Royale and Quantom Solace Gary Powell said in an interview with The Guardian, “He gets his hands very dirty” going even further to explain, “Daniel puts the work in, even if its something he’s not keen on.”. Craig’s commitment to the franchise goes without question. Yet, at age 51 maybe the actor is looking to wind down his more strenuous roles. Which brings us back to the money that motivated Craig to come back one last time to reprise his role as 007.
Concluding an Era
No Time to Die marks Craig’s fifth and final outing as James Bond. Picking up directly after the event that took place in Spectre, No Time to Die flings 007 right back into the action. Its first trailer debuted in December, with loads of action and even more information and clues to mull over till the movies release on April 10. Craig faces off against anarchist and terrorist leader Safin played by Rami Malek in No Time to Die. More, the trailer shows Bond teaming up with Lashana Lynch’s new character Nomi, an up and coming double 0 agent.
The world is in peril and Bond himself is struggling to vanquish his own demons as chaos unfolds around him. The trailer sees Ralph Fiennes ‘M’ asking where Bond has gone to, and Jeffrey Wright’s CIA agent Felix Leiter asking for a favor. Malek’s character Safin is heard saying, “Your skills will die with your body, mine will survive long after I’m gone” to which Bond retorts, “History isn’t kind to men who play God”. No Time to Die will tie all of Daniel Craig’s past Bond films together, and bring his 007 to a worthy end unlike Spectre.
What's Next for Bond
No Time to Die debuted its second movie trailer in early September, with a release date set for November 20, 2020 after initial delays due to COVID19. However, as the films release date gets closer it's hard not to look ahead to the future of the franchise, and who will reprise the role of 007. Two names in particular being Idris Elba and Henry Cavhill, with rumors swirling around both.
Could the next Bond be a women? Longtime producer of the franchise Barbara Broccoli said in an interview with Variety, “He can be any color, but he is male.”. Regardless of who takes up the mantle of James Bond, No Time to Die will end a five film, fourteen year run for Craig’s Bond, and if the latest movie trailer was any indication, it will be a send off to remember.