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No Time To Die trailer breakdown: 5 things we learned


Daniel Craig is set to bow out as James Bond 007 in No Time To Die. It's the 25th Bond movie, and is set to round out Craig's tenure in style with a mixture of hard-hitting action and emotional surprises.

Here's our breakdown of the trailer highlights...

1. Bond is shaken and stirred... by marriage

James Bond is renowned as the perennial bachelor, but of course, he's been married in the movies before. No Time To Die acknowledges the plot of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in which George Lazenby's 007 married Diana Rigg's Tracy Draco, although that ended in tragedy. The plot of No Time To Die sees Bond married to Spectre character Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) – so is their union headed for a similarly dark ending?

It remains to be seen. Let's not forget Craig's Bond already had a thwarted romance, with Casino Royale's Vesper Lynd (Eva Green). Whether that heartache will be referenced or not (it was critical in humanising Craig's take on 007) is anyone's guess.

On a lighter note, the fingerprints of Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge appear to be all over the scenes of inevitable marital discord. Namely, that the discussion about trust and honesty takes place in the midst of an Aston Martin car chase, which culminates in Bond jumping off a viaduct.

Waller-Bridge was brought in at fan Craig's behest, so here's hoping she can inject more humour and liveliness into proceedings after the somewhat stodgy Spectre.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time To Die trailer

2. Madeleine's past plays a key role

Madeleine unveils a white mask that is subsequently revealed to belong to scarred villain Safin (Rami Malek). The fact that she appears distraught suggests there's a personal connection to Bond's latest threat, and it's reinforced by a warning from the mocking, incarcerated Blofeld (Christoph Waltz).

However, the chronology of the trailer is somewhat confusing. We begin with Bond and Madeleine in a car chase, but midway through the teaser, Bond, having returned to London, spies his wife in a corridor at MI6 headquarters. His look of surprise indicates that he hasn't seen her for a while, so are we to assume that they got married, later separated, and are eventually thrown back together by the forces of fate?

We know that at the beginning of the movie, Bond has left MI6 and retired to Jamaica (a plot device that honours the legacy of author Ian Fleming, who had a home on the island). Putting two and two together, maybe the two characters get married, decamp to Jamaica, split up, reunite in London and later get embroiled in all manner of danger resulting from the skeletons in Madeleine's closet?

Either way, it promises to build on Madeleine's initial introduction in Spectre. We know that her father was the late Quantum agent Mr White (Jesper Christensen), so could it be she has a brother who's about to step out from the shadows? The aerial shots of a snowy landscape (in reality, Norway) are a nice visual link to where Bond first met Madeleine in the Alps – it's also a none-too-subtle suggestion of the frosty, chilly deterioration in their otherwise loving partnership.

3. The '00' program has moved on

Bond is lured back into active service by CIA friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), who wants him to find a missing scientist. This eventually puts him in the crosshairs of the deadly Safin, but more than that, it exposes what's happened at MI6 in the five years since Bond retired.

The biggest talking point of the trailer is the introduction of Captain Marvel's Lashana Lynch as Nomi. She's the new '00' agent who's filled the gap left by Bond's absence, and may be poised to take over the mantle in a future movie.

Again, one can hear Phoebe Waller-Bridge's distinctive wit as Nomi takes figurative aim at Bond's knee – or, more specifically, "the one that works". So could we be looking at the first female 007, not to mention the first black incarnation of the character?

"The trailer gets across the spirit of a new generation coming up, and always pushing at the ceiling," director Cary Joji Fukunaga tells Empire. "One of the themes I wanted to play with in this was legacy, and Bond's legacy. After having retired, now having the new generation coming behind, is he being rewritten?"

It would appear so. In another glimpse of Waller-Bridge's acerbic humour, the Mi6 security guard doesn't know who 007 is – prompting a bemused variation on the "Bond, James Bond" catchphrase. It's a neat echo of 2006's Casino Royale, in which Craig brought the character down to earth by claiming he "didn't give a damn" about whether his vodka martini was shaken or stirred.

Lashana Lynch as Nomi in No Time To Die trailer

4. Rami Malek is a particularly dangerous villain

Anticipation is sky-high for Rami Malek as the latest Bond villain. Having won an Oscar for his transformative portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, the actor now plays a baddie who, in the words of producer Barbara Broccoli, "gets under Bond's skin".

There are rumours online that he's a rebooted version of the very first Bond villain, Dr No (played in the 1962 movie by Joseph Wiseman). Maybe this has been stoked by Bond's rebuke to Safin: "History isn't kind to those who play God". This could be an echo of the Sean Connery Bond line in Dr No: "Our asylums are full of people who think they're Napoleon... or God".

Either way, he appears to be a genuine threat to 007. (Fukanaga tells Empire Safin is "hyper-intelligent".) There's an arresting shot where he's stood on an ice sheet while Bond (at least, we're assuming it's him) is trapped underneath.

The notion of a villain who's connected to Bond's love interest is an interesting one, potentially allowing the emotional anguish to ramp up. One may remember the torment that ensued in 1995's Goldeneye when Pierce Brosnan's 007 discovered the threat was old friend Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean).

Fingers crossed No Time To Die can deliver emotional punches as well as actual ones.

Rami Malek as Safin in No Time To Die trailer

5. The past is about to collide with the present

Heritage is everything in the Bond canon – 50 years' worth of franchise feeds into every new movie release, so it's little wonder we get not one but two classic cars featuring in the trailer. Goldfinger's Aston Martin DB-5 is the most prominent, but in a sign of how the Bond movies have rolled with the times, it's now equipped with mini-guns behind the headlights.

There's also a brief glimpse of Bond stepping out of the V8 Vantage from The Living Daylights, although it remains to be seen if the use of rocket boosters and snow sleds will come into use a la the Timothy Dalton movie.

And it's not just the cars and gadgets that honour the legacy of the series. The final shot of Bond strolling across the corridor and firing into camera is, of course, a reference to the opening gun barrel, but cleverly updated so it sits within the context of the scene.

In 2012's Skyfall, Bond lists his habit as "resurrection". And on the basis of the trailer for No Time To Die, it looks like the spirit of 007 will again be resurrected in future – albeit without Daniel Craig, and possibly embodied by a completely different character altogether...

No Time To Die
is released on the 2nd of April 2020. What were your main takeaways from the trailer? Check it out again and let us know @Cineworld.