It’s been a long and complicated journey to the screen for No Time to Die!
Daniel Craig’s final James Bond movie should’ve already been in cinemas by now.
However, we expect 007 has been busy playing casino games at home rather than jetting around the world on missions recently!
The long-awaited No Time to Die will see Daniel Craig return as the world’s most famous secret agent for a fifth time.
Development first began on the movie way back in 2016, following the release of Spectre the previous year, with filming set to begin in December 2018.
A release date was announced for late 2019 and Trainspotting director came on board to direct the film, with his writing partner John Hodge working on the script.
However, the movie hit the first of many hurdles in August 2018 when the pair departed the project due to “creative differences.”
The release date was pushed back to Valentine’s Day in February 2020 and it was announced that True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga would be Boyle’s replacement.
Filming finally began a year ago in spring 2019, with all the regular surviving cast members from Craig’s previous four Bond movies reprising their roles, including Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games) as Felix Leiter, Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal) as Q, Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) as Miss Moneypenny, Lea Seydoux (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Madeleine Swann, and Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter) will be back as M.
During production, it was revealed that Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge was polishing up the script with some improvements, lending further weight to the the rumours that the production continued to be in trouble.
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The next hiccup saw delays to the shoot of a chase sequence set in Cuba after star Daniel Craig badly injured his ankle while filming.
These issues were among the reasons given for the movie’s next release date change, when the movie was delayed until April 2020.
The final delay for the release of No Time to Die could never have been foreseen, however.
Just weeks before it was due to arrive in cinemas, it was confirmed that the film was being postponed worldwide due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
No Time to Die is currently set for release on 12th November 2020, but we’ll have to wait and see if his release date sticks.
The plot sees Bond having left active service and enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
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