The much-awaited James Bond film, “No Time To Die” finally premiered on Tuesday after being postponed many times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The blockbuster franchise film will be screened at London’s Royal Albert Hall, with royal couples Prince Charles and Camilla and Prince William and Kate set to attend.
The film will be released in Britain on Thursday and in the United States on October 8.
The release will be cinema-only, not streaming, which actor Daniel Craig called a “joyous thing” in an interview with Sky News.
The film’s release has been hailed as “the cinematic event of the year” by Vue Entertainment, the UK branch of the cinema operator Vue International.
In the latest film, reportedly costing $250 million, Bond returns to active service after retirement, vowing: “I have to finish this.”
He deploys his trademark hi-tech gadgets in spectacular scenery in Italy and Norway while battling the villainous Safin, played by Oscar-winner Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”).
“I get shot and then I get blown up. It feels like James Bond to me,” Craig said in an official podcast.
Since this is the British actor’s final film in the bond franchise, speculation has mounted over who will be the next Bond and there are already many contenders out there including Henry Cavill, Idris Elba, Dev Patel, Tom Hardy, Rege-Jean Page and James Norton.
Craig held onto the role longer than any of his predecessors since his 2006 debut in “Casino Royale.”
While the 53-year-old garnered much praise for his portrayal of the famous action-hero, the actor agreed to make one final appearance as Bond quite reluctantly.
After “Spectre” in 2015, he had told Time Out magazine he would rather “slash his wrists” than reprise the role.
Emmy-winning US filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga directed the new film, becoming the first American to helm the franchise.
His previous films include a 2011 adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre.”
The filmmaker stepped in after the original director Danny Boyle, known for “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Trainspotting,” left over “creative differences” in 2018.
Fukunaga said in a promotional video that his Bond is “like a wounded animal,” struggling because “the world has changed, the rules of engagement aren’t what they used to be: the rules of espionage (are) darker in this era of asymmetric warfare.”
From : pk.mashable.com