The 25th Bond — pushed back from its original April launch due to the COVID-19 pandemic — is set for release in November.
Bond is back.
After an unexpectedly 007-less 2020 so far, with No Time to Die pushed from its original April launch date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universal and MGM have fired up the marketing motors of the 25th installment of Eon's spy franchise ahead of its delayed November release.
In a second explosive trailer — landing some 10 months after the first was unveiled in December 2019 – Daniel Craig's final stint as the famed vodka-martini fan sees him up to the usual antics, crashing motorbikes over ancient Italian towns, firing machine guns that spring out of his Aston Martin's headlamps, and discussing the impending need to — once again — save the world. The trailer show's more of Rami Malek's new facially-scarred bad guy Safin, reportedly out for "revenge," and introduces fellow newcomers Ana De Armas — a high-kicking operative in Santiago — and Lashana Lynch as the "new double-o."
"You can imagine why I've come back to play," says Bond, who is set to come out retirement in the story.
No Time To Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, became the first major studio blockbuster to have its release postponed as the novel coronavirus took hold. It's currently due for launch Nov. 12 in the U.K. and Nov. 20 in the U.S., with MGM is handling distribution in North America via United Artists Releasing, with Universal on international duties.
Rumurs began swirling in July that these dates were in jeopardy due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic and the film would likely be pushed back to 2021, but Universal refuted the claims.
Alongside Craig, No Time to Die also stars Bond returnees Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz.
Watch the trailer here.
By Alex Ritman