Farewell, Mr. Bond: Here’s the Final Trailer for ‘No Time To Die’

It’s fitting, perhaps, that as Daniel Craig genuinely struggled with whether to do a sixth Bond film, a real life villain came along (COVID, if you hadn’t guessed what we were talking about) and made sure it would take him another couple of years to reach a final decision. It has been decided, however, that No Time to Die will be his last…and Delta Variant be damned, it is coming to theaters this October 8 – giving the title a kind of accidentally gruesome irony.

And wouldn’t you know, the trailer opens with Craig as film’s greatest ever spy morosely remarking, “I understand 00’s have a very short life expectancy.” Worry not, though, at 53 years old he’s still flipping cars, and boarding runaway trains. And this time he’s battling a villain named Safin – Rami Malek with a disfigured face like the Phantom of the Opera…though there doesn’t appear to be any chance he’ll be singing his way into our hearts. All that’s known is that he’s a former SPECTRE assassin, and that he’s agitating for anarchy. (Isn’t it always the way?)

Ralph Fiennes has replaced Judi Dench as M, and he sets up the narrative by observing, “We used to be able to get into a room with the enemy. But now they’re just floating in the ether.” Then Lea Seydoux as new Bond girl Madeleine Swann (get the Proust reference?) looks abjectly into Bond’s eyes and warns him, “James, you don’t know what this is.” But of course, that’s never stopped 007 before, has it?

Safin turns out to be a philosophical baddie (we love those), and he reminds Bond – and possibly Craig, as well – that, “Life is all about leaving something behind.” No problem there for both the movie star and the super agent.

We also love that the always amazing Ben Whishaw is back as Q, and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter as well. The Aston Martin also returns, and in the trailer we see it withstanding so much heavy arms fire, that even the context of a Bond film can’t keep it from straining belief. But Craig’s final outing looks like an absolute thrill a minute – and if there is any amount of brooding, they’ve certainly edited it out of this clip.

Welcome back, Mister Bond. We’re going to hate to see you leave.

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