James Bond is back and spoiler alert—things aren’t going well for 007. The first full trailer for No Time To Die dropped on Wednesday morning and shows Daniel Craig suiting up for the fifth and final time as the MI6 agent who is licenced to kill. It’s time to say goodbye, but not before a lot, lot (lot) of action, tuxes, ball gowns, machine guns, destroyed cars, sexy times and slick one-liners.
The first full look shows Bond being pulled out of retirement by his friend and CIA agent Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), who asks for Bond’s help with a case. Bond decides to give up his quiet life in Jamaica to return to the U.K., where he reunites with Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as weapons specialist Q.
Bond also meets new MI6 agent Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch, who threatens to shoot Bond in his (good) knee if he gets in her way. It’s an awful lot of attitude for a character that is a new member of the agency. It’s almost as if she has the bravado to be…the next James Bond.
The new clip also shows the return of baddie Christoph Waltz, who is back as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the man who kidnapped and tortured Bond in 2015’s Spectre before the super-spy eventually escaped and showed mercy, allowing Blofeld to live. No Time To Die also reunites Bond with Spectre’s love interest Madeline Swan, played by Léa Seydoux, who, judging by the new trailer, may have betrayed Bond after he left active duty. It’s tough to find a loyal spy.
As if that’s not enough to deal with, Bond must also confront a new villain. Oscar-winner Rami Malek joins the 007 universe as Safin, who appears to be behind the kidnapping of a famous scientist, which is the mission that brings Bond out of retirement. We know Malek plays a bad guy because he sports telltale facial scarring that the Bond films use to signify pure villainy.
The forthcoming movie also marks the first for director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective), who wrote the film with Scott Z. Burns and Emmy-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The English actor and writer has shown her incredible talent for murderous anti-heroes with impeccable one-liners on her hit series Killing Eve, with her foray into the Bond world making her only the second woman to write a script for 007 in the franchise’s 66 year history. Not bad, Fleabag.
This will mark the 25th film in the James Bond franchise, with Craig earning the title as the longest-running Bond this year. The British actor slipped into his black tux for the first time in 2005 and has now surpassed Roger Moore’s record for playing Bond for 14 years (NB: Moore did star in seven Bond films, two more than Craig).
No Time To Die is set to be released on April 2, 2020.