The movie, which up until now has been known only as “Bond 25”, has been the cause of much anticipation, as it was unknown for some time whether or not incumbent Bond actor Daniel Craig would return for a fifth time, after saying he would rather “slash his wrists” than reprise the role on a press junket after filming the last one. Filming of Bond films is particularly arduous for the actor, who performs many of his own stunts.
No Time to Die sees the addition of Oscar-winner Rami Malek, who will play the bad guy, as well as the return of Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw as M and Q respectively.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is credited with creating hit TV comedy Fleabag, is one of the writers currently working on the script. The film is being directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, whose credits include the first series of HBO’s True Detective and Netflix’s Maniac. He joined the project last year after original director Danny Boyle left mid-development citing “creative differences”.
Though plagued with film schedule headaches and injuries early on in the piece, No Time to Die is back on track, and is set to be released on 3 April in the UK and on the 8 April in the US. An Australian release date is yet to be officially announced.