First Poster for Upcoming James Bond Film ‘No Time to Die’ Drops Online

James Bond New Movie No Time To Die

The poster for No Time to Die — the forthcoming 25th installment in the early James Bond franchise — arrived early Saturday morning.  The reveal coincides with global James Bond Day, which celebrates the legacy of the films.

“In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica.  His peace is short lived if his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for assistance.  The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist proves to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technologies,” according to this plot synopsis from MGM.

Ancient footage of the movie was previously shown in June in a bid to divert attention from negative press which originated by a controlled explosion that went wrong at Pinewood Studios in the U.K., in addition to an incident involving a 49-year-old guy charged with hiding a camera in a women’s bathroom at the studio.  Craig also sustained an ankle injury during creation, which necessitated surgery.

No Time to Die is being led by Cary Joji Fukunaga and also stars Ben Wishaw, Ralph Fiennes and Rory Kinnear.

Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 has been named with the suitably titled No Time to Die.  The announcement came Tuesday with a brief video teaser that showed Craig’s dapper James Bond carrying a short stroll, and the title reveal.

The 1970s-styled ribbon of the name feels suitably nostalgic and possibly suggests that director Cary Fukunaga’s film will depart from some of the more modern trappings, and plodding broodiness of the last entry, Spectre (2015), and harken back to the Bond eras characterized by Sean Connery and Roger Moore.

It is rumored that the film’s previous manager, Danny Boyle, left the project because he wanted to kill James Bond in the conclusion, a conclusion that Eon wouldn’t stand for.  No Time to Die fittingly feels like a politely passive aggressive rebuttal to Boyle, and a promise that just because this is Craig’s last outing it does not mean that the character will die.

This isn’t the first time the word”expire” has appeared in a Bond movie.   As far as titles go, No Time to Die is roughly as Bond as you can get without adhering”gold” somewhere in there.

The rereleased plot synopsis, connected to the press announcement for the name, hints at a more retro approach using all the retired Bond, residing in Jamaica, being attracted into active service by Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) in order to save a kidnapped scientist who leads them into some”mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”

Though he isn’t mentioned in the press release, Christoph Waltz had been confirmed to return as Bond’s nemesis, Blofeld, only last month.  The only thing that’s missing to completely promote No Time to Die because the ultimate retro Bond film is confirmation of a giant Ken Adam-inspired villain foundation.

What is interesting about all these details is that when Craig’s tenure as Bond began in Casino Royale (2006), great strides were made to modernize the personality and allow him to recover his cool in a world where Jason Bourne was the most popular action hero, and Hollywood, feeling the success of Batman Begins (2005), was only beginning to understand how profitable a reboot could be, at least for a moment.

But now, three Bond admissions and 15 years after, and audiences have become increasingly partial to nostalgia, arguably to an even greater degree than that which the series most prosperous entrance up to now, Skyfall, given back in 2012.

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No Time to Die, from how in which the name is styled in the teaser statement to the words , feels just like a bit of a bigger mystery intended to convey that some of the grounded grittiness related to Craig’s films will be replaced with something a little more charming and comfy with the novelty of James Bond.  We have gotten four films examining why Bond still issues in the 21st century, why he isn’t a”dinosaur” and a”relic of the Cold War,” and they have been fairly stellar within the plot of the franchise.

But as pop culture fans, we enjoy our metaphorical dinosaurs, and as our nostalgia for the’80s and’90s goes back even further, there is something rewarding in analyzing if an old-school James Bond, though undoubtedly and desirably more PC, can operate in 2020.  While subtlety aided the franchise for a while, there is a feeling that Bond fans are ready for the series to loosen some of the constraints somewhat and have a little more fun on this world and its own history.  Hell, maybe we will also get to see Craig don a jet bundle. 


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