15 February 2020 05:40
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time to Die is in the tricky spot of needing to play within the franchise's almost 60-year legacy without ignoring its pitfalls. During our visit to the set in London's Pinewood Studios late last year, leads Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas spoke about their roles — new characters Nomi and Paloma, respectively — and how No Time to Die is handling that evolution within an established movie empire. Ana de Armas and director Cary Joji Fukunaga on the set of 'No Time to Die'. "Our producers understand what the situation in the world is, and what needs to be changed." The Cuban actor added that the producers want to "keep moving, and they are aware of how many people follow this franchise," so are aiming to create the film "without stepping away from the core and the essence of what a James Bond movie is." Both Lynch and de Armas said they don't feel the weight of expectation on their shoulders when it comes to starring in a Bond film and moving the franchise forward to more progressive pastures. Played by Captain Marvel star Lynch, Nomi has been one of the most anticipated new characters in the franchise after rumours that the character could take over the 007 title after the forthcoming 25th Bond film.
Lynch praised the producers for "continuing to take more and more steps towards representing the world that I see when I walk out my door every morning," and the potential power of a franchise as popular as Bond to promote change industry-wide. "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not [the Bond franchise] is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women," she told the publisher at the time. In the Craig films, characters like Casino Royale's fiercely motivated Vesper Lynd have given 007 a strong wake-up call beyond one-liners, but it remains to be seen how far No Time to Die will go. If, as Waller-Bridge says, that Bond is "absolutely relevant now," here's hoping No Time to Die can bring 007 into 2020 with authenticity and awareness. Billie Eilish will perform her James Bond theme song for the first time ever at the BRITs next week with Hollywood film composer Hans Zimmer and an orchestra.
Paloma (Ana De Armas) in Cuba in NO TIME TO DIE, a DANJAQ and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. The singer has described working on No Time to Die as a "huge honour" and said Bond is "the coolest film franchise ever to exist". The team at Eon have also released a new selection of character posters for No Time to Die, revealing the characters played by Billy Magnussen, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah. Character posters for Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris in James Bond adventure 'No Time to Die'. Character posters for David Dencik, Billy Magnussen and Dali Benssalah in James Bond adventure 'No Time to Die'.
No Time to Die, the 25th James Bond movie, has a UK release date of April 2, 2020, and opens in the US on April 10, 2020.