“History isn’t kind to people who play God,” Daniel Craig’s James Bond warns Rami Malek’s supervillain Safin, in the first trailer for No Time to Die. It’s a stunning first look at what’s reportedly Craig’s final James Bond movie—a trailer that debuts truly beautiful cinematography and direction from Cary Fukunaga. Thematically, this teaser promises No Time to Die will go to some interesting places, with Bond torn between the mysterious Dr. Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) and some shadowy threat. This includes the return of a familiar face, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by Christoph Waltz, who is seen talking to Bond Hannibal Lecter-style in prison.
Beyond that, we also get to see Lashana Lynch’s Nomi, the secret agent who is rumored to pick up the 007 title. The dynamic between her and Bond promises to be a fun one, with Nomi threatening to shoot Bond in the knee—the good one that is.
A number of stars are reprising roles for this film, including Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Rory Kinnear as MI6 chief of staff Bill Tanner, and Ben Whishaw as Q. Lea Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright are also reprising their roles as Dr. Madeleine Swann and Felix Leiter, respectively. Newcomers to this film include Rami Malek as the new Bond villain Safin, Ana de Armas as Paloma and Captain Marvel‘s Lashana Lynch as Nomi.
Late last month Craig confirmed that this will indeed be his final outing as Bond, telling a German publication that “someone else needs to have a go.”
“It’s been, as they always are, incredibly hard work, but it’s a massive collaboration,” the actor said. “One of the most moving things for me about finishing the film is that I have been working with some of the people for 30 years.”
Craig’s departure from the Bond franchise has been expected for some time, and this fall, footage emerged of him giving an emotional farewell speech at a production wrap party.
“This has been one of the best, most wonderful experiences I have ever had,” he said. “You’ve all done the most amazing job. I could not be more proud to work with every single one of you on this production.”
No Time to Die is due out on April 8. As for the lingering questions you may be left with after the trailer, we sorted through speculation to hazard our own guesses about what to expect.
Who is Rami Malek’s character?
Fans have speculated that Rami Malek’s character, known only as Safin, is in fact Dr. No, the iconic villain from the so-titled 1962 film. We know from previous reports that No Time to Die will see Bond hunt down “a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology,” with the technology rumored to relate to genetic science. Given that Dr. No is a mad scientist figure who specializes in radiation and biotechnology, it’s not too far-fetched a leap to guess that Safin may be merely an alias. This wouldn’t be the first time that this generation of Bond films has presented a classic Bond villain in disguise, after all—you’ll remember that Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld was originally billed as “Franz Oberhauser” in Spectre.
After his retirement at the end of Spectre, Bond decamped to Jamaica, where Dr. No, both the character and the 1962 film, are based. Surely it’s no coincidence that the film would locate Bond in a place with such history. Additionally, a scene glimpsed in the No Time to Die trailer recalls dialogue from Dr. No, with Bond telling Safin, “History isn’t kind to men who play God.” In Dr. No, after the villain has explained his evil plan, Bond remarks, “World domination–same old dream. Our asylums are full of people who think they’re Napoleon or God.” Some fans believe that the thematic overlap of the dialogue is a clear indicator that Safin is in fact Dr. No.
Will Felix Leiter die?
Jeffrey Wright’s Felix Leiter, a CIA agent and trusted ally to Bond, hasn’t appeared in a Bond film since 2008’s Quantum of Solace. Leiter appears only briefly in the trailer, where he coaxes Bond out of retirement, leading some fans to guess that he’ll die early in the film in order to motivate Bond.
The synopsis of the film describes Bond and Leiter’s mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist as “far more treacherous than expected,” hinting that the duo will come into great peril—and that perhaps Leiter won’t come out alive. If Leiter doesn’t die, he may be seriously injured, if No Time to Die hews closely to the plot of Ian Fleming’s novels. In Live and Let Die (a book with a curiously similar title), Leiter was fed to a shark—although he survived, he lost an arm and a leg. In any case, it’ll take something big to motivate Bond out of retirement, and there’s a strong case to be made that it will Leiter paying the price.
Will Bond die?
With Daniel Craig ending his tenure as Bond in No Time to Die, speculation abounds about whether or not he’ll survive the film. The title of the film alone raises the question, as does another working title that was reportedly scrapped: “A Day to Die.” Indeed there would be some resonance to Bond coming out of retirement for one last job, only for the job to prove fatal. The addition of Nomi, Lashanna Lynch’s MI6 agent who has taken up the ‘00’ designation, lends validity to the theory, with some guessing that the franchise is teeing up Bond’s successor.
However, Danny Boyle, who was initially hired to direct No Time to Die and later quit over a script dispute, reportedly parted ways with the film as a result of his desire to kill Bond. With that in mind, it would be bizarre for director Cary Joji Fukanaga to make the same creative choice that ended Boyle’s involvement in the franchise.