And we thought Christmas only came once a year.
The first full-length trailer for No Time To Die has been released, giving fans a flavour of what to expect from Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond.
The promo, which launched on Wednesday and can be seen below, shows Rami Malek in character as the latest villain for the first time, as well as a new female agent with a licence to kill.
No Time To Die is set to be released in April, but there have been one or two obstacles along the way – from Daniel Craig’s ankle injury to the decision to change director.
Danny Boyle was originally supposed to be at the helm for Bond 25, but he exited the project last August due to “creative differences”.
US director Cary Joji Fukunaga stepped in, and there was a race against the clock to keep the film on schedule for its April 2020 release date.
“It has been an incredible honour, but it’s also just been really hard,” Fukunaga tells BBC News. “This was a very ambitious script for the time we had.
“I got the role in the middle of doing press for Maniac the Netflix series he directed 007 – Nincs idő meghalni (2021) teljes film, so I was doing interviews like this while trying to process the enormous excitement but also responsibility of taking on this project.
“And I was very aware that with Daniel’s departure, I had to get a script going and production going in a very short space of time. The lack of time was a sort of impetus for the pressure. It was like a very hot flame under our ass!”
The project had the added complication of having to go back to the drawing board after Boyle’s exit.
“I love Danny’s films, but on this one we basically had to start from scratch,” Fukunaga explains. “It was the desire of the producers that we sort of start anew and figure out a new storyline for this one.”
The writing process involved bringing Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge on board to help polish the script.
5 talking points from the trailer
Rami Malek is seen in character for the first time. Briefly. He’s in the trailer for about two seconds in total. To be fair he’s technically seen in other parts of it too but is hiding behind a white mask.
Daniel Craig literally jumps off a bridge at one point. Seemingly without a harness or parachute. The camera follows him over the edge as he plunges through the air. Fortunately there’s a secure piece of rope for him to grab on to, which is a nice stroke of luck.
There’s a new (female) agent in town with a licence to kill. “Are you a double-O?” James Bond asks her. “Two years,” replies Lashana Lynch, which presumably means “Yes I am thank you for asking.”
But there are some familiar faces too. Christoph Waltz is back, having not been shot by Bond on Westminster Bridge at the end of Spectre. Jeffrey Wright’s Felix makes an appearance in the trailer too, along with Bond’s previous love interest Dr Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), Q (Ben Whishaw), M (Ralph Fiennes) and Moneypenny (Naomie Harris).
Malek’s villain might be Dr. No. Speculation was rife after fans noticed that neither the trailer nor the poster showed the character’s hands. Could one of the franchise’s most famous villains be revealed as the final member of the criminal network, Spectre?