The first trailer for the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, has finally been released. And boy, was it worth the wait.
The film’s lengthy and troubled production is no secret — it was originally scheduled for release on Nov. 9 of this year — but it doesn’t look like any of the behind-the-scenes drama has affected the final product. The trailer looks incredible, as it has all the vibes of a classic Bond adventure while also tossing a few interesting new ingredients into the mix. In other words, it looks like there’s a solid chance that No Time to Die could go down as one of the greatest Bond films ever, while also serving as a satisfying end to Daniel Craig’s five-film run as the titular superspy.
The trailer offers some vague plot details, but the film is still holding onto a lot of its secrets. The trailer opens with Bond and Léa Seydoux’s Madeline Swan being pursued by some bad guys. If you recall, Bond left active service at the end of Spectre to live happily ever after with Swan, but as we can see here, things didn’t work out. Bond is angry at her for an unnamed “secret,” which will no doubt prove pivotal to the plot. From there, we see Bond’s old CIA pal Felix Leiter, played again by Jeffrey Wright and making his first appearance in the franchise since 2008’s Quantum of Solace. Leiter convinces Bond to come out of retirement to help him on a case, and when 007 returns to MI6, he finds a few things have changed.
For starters, there’s a hot new double-oh agent on the scene played by Lashana Lynch (who is rumored to be the new 007), who warns Bond in not-so-subtle language to stay out of her way on the case. The mysterious case at the center of the film seems to involve Swan, Spectre‘s big baddie Blofeld (played again by Christoph Waltz and taking on a Hannibal Lecter-type role from prison), and the new supervillain Safin, played by Rami Malek. We get our first look at Safin, who sports a horribly scarred face that he hides behind a creepy white mask. The trailer also features a dual-wielding Ana de Armas, the return of M, Q, and Moneypenny, lots of great stunts, a decidedly retro and stylish evil lair, and three of the film’s four Aston Martins (the only one yet to be glimpsed is the mid-engine supercar, Valhalla). Check it out below.
James Bond will return in No Time to Die on April 8, 2020.