Though the past few James Bond films have lacked the qualities of a thrilling super-spy film that we’ve expected to see from the franchise, director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s No Time To Die looks like it will be a return to form for James Bond. Daniel Craig returns as the 007 agent who lives a life of retirement, only to be pulled back into the spy life when a new terrorist arises.
The Craig as Bond era may have started out great with Casino Royale, but has since been followed up with disappointment and mediocrity. However, No Time To Die looks like a return to form, not only for Craig as Bond but the franchise as a whole. There are exciting moments, plenty of juicy dialogue, and more than enough espionage and spy work to go around.
But the biggest, and perhaps the best part of all of this, is that this is one of the most inclusive James Bond films we will get. It stars people of color like Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, with returning stars like Naomie Harris and Jeffery Wright. And based on the trailers, Lynch and Armas’s characters won’t be just some eye candy for Bond, they will get in on the action.
Aesthetically, No Time To Die looks visually stunning, with a huge amount of stunt work that will most likely keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Additionally, the cinematography looks breathtaking as it will surely use its geographic locations and production design to keep audiences’ eyes glued to the screen in front of them.
Even with all of that packed into one film, it will be interesting to see whether or not this is Craig’s final time playing as James Bond. The film itself had a hard time getting into production as Danny Boyle was originally tapped to direct before he left due to creative differences. This left Fukunaga to direct, which made him the first American ever to helm a James Bond film.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for No Time To Die:
In No Time To Die, 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.
No Time To Die also stars Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, and Léa Seydoux, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, and Billy Magnussen.
Written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Fukunaga, No Time To Die opens in theaters on April 8, 2020.