No Time to Die is the twenty-fifth film in the James Bond series produced by EON Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer via United Artists Releasing. Like several previous films, No Time To Die was written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and features actor Daniel Craig in his fifth and final performance as James Bond as Craig stated he will not return as Bond in the future. The film is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, was released on September 30, 2021 in the United Kingdom and other countries, and was released on October 8, 2021 in the United States.
A young Madeleine Swann witnesses the murder of her mother by the terrorist Lyutsifer Safin whom she shoots in retribution. Swann flees onto a nearby frozen lake after he awakens and she falls through the ice. Safin chooses to save her.
In the present, Swann is in Matera, Italy with James Bond following the capture of Ernst Stavro Blofeld. After some persuasion, Bond visits Vesper Lynd's tomb to seek forgiveness and finally bring closure to her death. The tomb is blown up and Bond is ambushed by SPECTRE assassins. Bond accuses Swann of betraying him to the organisation and leaves her on a train telling her they will never see each other again.
Five years later, MI6 scientist Valdo Obruchev is kidnapped from an MI6 laboratory. Obruchev has developed Project Heracles, a bioweapon containing nanobots that spread like a virus upon touch. Coded to specific DNA strands, they are only dangerous if programmed to an individual's genetic code. Bond has retired to Port Antonio, Jamaica where, after years of being out of service, he is contacted by the CIA agent Felix Leiter, who is accompanied by Logan Ash, a fellow American agent. They ask for help in tracking down Obruchev, but Bond refuses. That night Bond is tracked down by a woman named Nomi, who has succeeded him as the new 007; she tells him about Project Heracles. Bond contacts M and reproaches him; the nanobot project had been commissioned by M. Bond subsequently accepts Leiter's request for help.
Bond, Leiter, and Ash fly to Cuba and meet Paloma, another CIA agent allied with Leiter. Bond and Paloma infiltrate a SPECTRE meeting with the aim of retrieving Obruchev, but instead, they walk into a trap. Using a bionic eye to see and communicate while still in custody, Blofeld orders Bond to be killed by the nanobots. Instead, all of the SPECTRE members are killed as Obruchev had reprogrammed the nanobots to destroy the organization per Safin's orders, something which both Bond and Blofeld didn't expect. Bond extracts Obruchev to a boat to meet with Felix and Ash, who turns against them as he is in league with Safin. Ash shoots Leiter and destroys the boat before escaping with Obruchev (via plane that Ash stole from Bond). Bond gets away to safety, but Leiter dies from his injuries.
Moneypenny takes Bond to see Q and gain him the opportunity to meet and speak with Blofeld to find out where Obruchev has been taken with the nanobots. However, Safin visits Madeleine and blackmails her into infecting herself with the nanobots. As Madeleine has been the only person in contact with Blofeld since his imprisonment, he instructs her to infect Blofeld. Bond encounters Madeline in the cell, where he touches her on the hand and unknowingly infects himself. A horrified Madeleine leaves the cell. When Bond meets Blofeld, the latter reveals that he deliberately staged the ambush in Matera five years earlier to make it look as if Madeline had betrayed him. Angered by this revelation, Bond attacks Blofeld and unknowingly infects him with the nanobots, killing Blofeld just as Safin planned.
Upon realizing what happened, Bond tracks Madeleine down to her childhood home in Norway. There, he learns that Madeleine has a five-year-old daughter, Mathilde Swann, whom she claims is not his. Madeleine then confesses to Bond that the Safin family is from Kazan. Lyutsifer's father was named Gostan and was a rich pharmaceutical entrepreneur. Lyutsifer inherited his empire after his death. And Mr. White poisoned the Safin family and he scarred Lyutsifer’s face and sparing his life and he allowed SPECTRE to take control of "The Poison Garden", Safin continues his plan for revenge as he, Ash, and their men are on their way to capture Bond, Madeleine, and Mathilde. Though Bond manages to kill Ash and Safin's men, Safin successfully captures Madeleine and Mathilde.
Q, Bond, and Nomi locate Safin on a World War II base on an island between Japan and Russia. They use a plane to infiltrate Safin's headquarters and learn that he plans to use the nanobots as a biological weapon to kill millions of people on the planet so that Safin can take over the world. Nomi takes Obruchev hostage while Bond searches for Safin, who has Mathilde with him as its hostage. Bond shoots Safin's guards, but Safin escapes. Mathilde escapes from Safin and reunites with her mother, Bond, and Nomi.
Nomi, Madeleine, and Mathilde escape by boat, while Bond stays behind to open the island's missile silos, which would aid a missile strike from a British warship to destroy the nanobots. Bond and Safin fight, during which Safin shoots Bond several times and infects him with nanobots programmed with the genetic code of Madeleine and Mathilde. Bond kills Safin and opens the silos. Speaking by radio with Madeleine, Bond tells her he loves her and encourages her to move on without him, and she confirms that Mathilde is his daughter. Bond smiles in the realisation Mathilde is his daughter. He dies as the missiles hit the island, destroying the nanobot factory and the virus.
At MI6, M, Moneypenny, Q, Tanner, and Nomi drink in Bond's honour. Elsewhere, Madeleine takes Mathilde to Matera and tells her the truth about her father.
On 14th March 2018, British director Danny Boyle confirmed plans to handle directorial duties for No Time To Die, during a screening of the filmmaker's 2018 television series Trust. Boyle confirmed that collaborative partner, John Hodge, is "currently expanding an idea the pair had for 007 into a script." Boyle previously directed Happy & Glorious, a short film starring Daniel Craig as 007, produced by the BBC as part of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. The news was subsequently officially confirmed by MGM, with production officially set to begin on December 3rd, 2018. However, on 21st August 2018 it was announced Boyle had pulled out due to "creative differences".
On 14th September 2018, reports emerged that veteran writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were rehired to produce a new script for No Time To Die. On 20th September 2018, it was officially announced that Cary Joji Fukunaga was confirmed to direct No Time To Die, taking over from Boyle. It was also announced that the film's release date would be pushed back to 14th February 2020, with filming commencing on 19 March 2019. On February 15, 2019, it was announced that the release date was again pushed back to 8 April 2020 in order to give Fukunaga more time.
On 20 August 2019, the title of Bond 25 was revealed to be No Time to Die. In the same year, Aston Martin confirmed that the DB5 and the V8 Vantage Volante will return, and they will be joined by the DBS Superleggera and the Valhalla, making their Bond debuts.
On 4 March 2020, the release date for No Time to Die was pushed back again to 12 November 2020 in the United Kingdom and 25 November 2020 in the United States, due to the coronavirus pandemic. On 13 June 2020, the release date in the United States was moved up by 5 weeks to 20 November. However, on October 2, 2020, the film was again delayed, this time to April 2, 2021 in the United States and an uncertain date in 2021 in the United Kingdom.
On January 21, 2021, it was delayed again to October 8, 2021, for the United States. On February 24, the UK release date was pushed forward a week. On April 3, 2021, it was reported that Daniel Craig is planning a worldwide tour of the film in place of the red-carpet premieres that normally accompany such a film. On August 20, 2021, it was announced that the film had been delayed until November 11, 2021 in Australia, but that MGM was adamant it had no plans to further delay release in core markets.
The film had its star-studded world premiere on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. The premiere was attended by Duchess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, sporting a shimmering golden gown with cape. Also present were the Princes William and Charles.
On January 6th 2020, Variety reported that composer, Hans Zimmer, would be replacing Dan Romer, who had previously been announced as scoring the film. "Creative differences" were cited to have been the reason for Romer's dismissal. A week later, on January 14th, the producers officially announced that the film's theme song would be penned by American sibling songwriters, Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell. To date, Eilish is the youngest artist in history to write and record a James Bond theme song.
In April 2017, actor Daniel Craig mentioned he was open to returning for a final Bond film. Speaking on American talk show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on August 15 2017 Craig ended speculation and confirmed he would play Bond for a fifth and final time. Craig's renewed enthusiasm for the role marks a change of mind after comments he made in 2015, which he explained as the product of exhaustion.
Despite also making comments to the contrary in October 2017, Christoph Waltz was confirmed as reprising his role as Blofeld in the first trailer.. In April 2019, it was confirmed that Academy Award-winning actor, Rami Malek, had signed on to portray the villain, Safin.
In the official conference of April 2019 was confirmed, the rest of the cast: Ana de Armas as Paloma, Billy Magnussen, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik and Lashana Lynch. It has been confirmed that Léa Seydoux will reprise her role as Madeleine Swann, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter.
Following the 2015 release of Spectre, Columbia Pictures' four-film contract to market and distribute the James Bond films officially expired. While MGM and EON Productions are the studios responsible for producing the 007 movies neither of them is a distributor; hence necessitating a partnership with another studio that has that ability. Reportedly, Sony, Warner Bros, Annapurna, Fox and Universal are all pursuing distribution rights to the franchise, valued at between $2bn and $5bn (£1.5bn-£3.8bn), according to Hollywood Reporter. Notably, MGM and EON are only offering a one-film contract to the victor. On 23rd May 2018, it was confirmed that Universal Pictures had won the rights to internationally distribute No Time To Die, with MGM releasing the film in the United States through a partnership with Annapurna Pictures. On May 26, 2021, MGM was purchased by Amazon, however, it was widely reported that the service had no plans to pull upcoming James Bond films, including No Time to Die, from theaters in favor of a streaming release. Tim Richards, of Vue, the U.K.'s third-largest theater chain, reported that more advance tickets for No Time to Die were sold in 24 hours than what they sold for Spectre in a month. U.K. theaters were reported to have hired extra staff to cope with the increased demand.
The film was released for digital rental beginning on October 9, 2021 through all major services. The release came after only approximately one month of the film being in theaters and is suggested to be a result of muted response among older audiences due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was released on home video on December 21, 2021 on DVD, Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray. The special features include the following - Anatomy of a Scene: Matera, Keeping It Real, The Action of No Time to Die, A Global Journey and Designing Bond. One additional special feature, Being James Bond, is a 4K Ultra HD exclusive.
Reception to No Time to Die among critics has been overwhelmingly positive. As of the evening of October 10, 2021, the film holds a 84% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 294 reviews, and a 7.4 out of 10 average rating. Among those whom the site considers Top Critics, the film holds a rating of 81% fresh from 66 critics, but with a slightly higher average rating of 7.5 out of 10. The site's Critics Consensus feature states that "It isn't the sleekest or most daring 007 adventure, but No Time to Die concludes Daniel Craig's franchise tenure in satisfying style." Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal stated that "The new installment is exciting for its energy and scale, despite its flaws and derivative themes, and makes a lovely valediction for its star." Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle, in one of the most glowing reviews of the film, stated that "Craig leaves the series in a mammoth, 163-minute extravaganza that audiences will be enjoying for decades. It's a lovely thing to see." On Metacritic, the film holds an overall score of 69, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
By the morning of Sunday, October 10, 2021, No Time to Die had soared past the $300 million mark at the box office, with over $50 million in domestic sales. It was reported to have had the best IMAX opening since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and was reported to have already become Universal's fourth ever highest grossing film in the United Kingdom. As of November 21, 2021, No Time to Die had become the highest-grossing Hollywood movie of the COVID-19 pandemic, having crossed $700 million in global box office. In November 2021, it was rumored by the publication Variety that despite the film's enormous box-office success, it had actually lost MGM over $100 million due to the film's high budget. MGM, however, denied this, stating in response that the film was turning a profit thanks to both a strong box office haul and "stellar home viewing" run. They furthermore stated that "Unnamed and uninformed sources suggesting the film will lose money are categorically unfounded and put more simply, not true."
The film has been nominated for Academy Awards in the categories of Sound, Visual Effects and for the film's title theme song. The film's "[[No Time to Die (song)|No Time to Die" song previously won a Grammy award in 2021, the first ever win for a song from a film yet to be released at the time of the awards.
- Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga.
- Written by: Ian Fleming (characters only), Neal Purvis and Robert Wade with Cary Joji Fukunaga, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Scott Z. Burns (uncredited).
- Produced by: Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
- Cinematography by: Linus Sandgren.
- Production Design by: Mark Tildesley.
- Edited by: Tom Cross and Elliot Graham.
- 2nd Unit Director: Alexander Witt.
- VFX Supervisor: Charlie Noble.
- Stunt Coordinator: Olivier Schneider.
- Composer: Hans Zimmer
- Theme Composer: Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell
- On June 20th 2019, Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer confirmed that the Aston Martin V8 will make another appearance sporting the same registration it had in The Living Daylights 32 years prior.
- Palmer also confirmed an appearance for the Aston Martin Valhalla supercar.
- The classic Aston Martin DB5, with a new registration of "A 4269 00", returns in No Time to Die.
- Their latest vehicle, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, made a brief appearance.
- With a running time of 163 minutes, it is the longest film in the Bond series.
- It is the first and only Daniel Craig Bond film to not be co-distributed with Sony Pictures Releasing under their Columbia Pictures label.
- This is the fourth film to use the word "die" in its title, with the other three being Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies and Live and Let Die.
- The song used during the closing credits is "We Have All The Time In The World" as performed by Louis Armstrong. This song was originally used as a secondary theme for the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The use of the song in the film reflects a conversation had by James Bond and Madeleine Swann when they are out on a drive together. Swann asks Bond to go faster, but Bond tells her that they don't need to, that they have all the time in the world. Later, at the end of the film, Bond tells Swann that she has all the time in the world. Discounting the James Bond Theme and the "secondary" theme 007, it is the only original-to-Bond song to be featured in more than one film, and the first John Barry composition to appear in a Bond film since 1989.
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|James Bond films|
Dr. No (1962) • From Russia with Love (1963) • Goldfinger (1964) • Thunderball (1965) • You Only Live Twice (1967) • Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
| George Lazenby |
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Live and Let Die (1973) • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) • Moonraker (1979) • For Your Eyes Only (1981) • Octopussy (1983) • A View to a Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987) • Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995) • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) • The World Is Not Enough (1999) • Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006) • Quantum of Solace (2008) • Skyfall (2012) • Spectre (2015) • No Time To Die (2021)
Casino Royale (1954) • Casino Royale (1967) • Never Say Never Again (1983)