We have to admit, we laughed when they dropped this poster the other day. Daniel Craig was so salty about playing Bond again that it’s become inseparable from any conversation about this, his final Bond film (for real this time), so we just thought it made hilarious sense that the poster for the film served up the most peevish and tired-looking James Bond cinema’s ever seen. We don’t care what the words on the poster say, that face tells us the real title of the film is No Time for This Shit. This is the annoyed and worn-out Gen-X James Bond we need.
Not that we won’t be catching this film when we can. The trailer dropped and it looks like the pharmaceutical-grade Bond we’ve come to expect from Craig’s time in the role:
And to be honest, we really like that Bond comes off a little tired and battered here. Why shouldn’t the film lean into the kind of exhaustion that playing James Bond imposes on middle-aged actors? Besides, this one has the new 007 played by Lashana Lynch, dialogue provided by the insanely talented Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Ana de Armas looking like the textbook illustration of the Bond Girl. Those are all big arguments in favor of catching it, even with the presence of Rami Malek as yet another Bond villain with facial scarring and a bad accent. Could’ve done without that part.
In NO TIME TO DIE, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Screenplay: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, and Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Story: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Cary Joji Fukunaga
Producers: Michael G. Wilson, p.g.a. and Barbara Broccoli, p.g.a.
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, with Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes as “M”
Also starring Rory Kinnear, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, and Billy Magnussen
[Photo Credit: Nicola Dove/MGM Studios – Video Credit: James Bond 007 via YouTube]