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No Time to Die is the twenty-fifth film in the James Bond series produced by EON Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Like several previous films, No Time To Die will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and will feature actor Daniel Craig in his fifth performance as James Bond. Craig has again stated he will not return as Bond.[7] The film will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, with a projected of April 2, 2021 in the United States and an uncertain date in 2021 in the United Kingdom.[6]


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In July of 2016, producer Barbara Broccoli mentioned that the then-untitled 25th James Bond film, would likely be released in 2018.[8] In April 2017, Broccoli mentioned that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade had drafted "Bond 25" and were ready to write a script.[9] On June 9th 2017, the film was said to be released in 2019 if shooting began in 2018.[10] Speculation ended on July 24th 2017 with an official announcement that Bond 25's intended US release date would be November 8th 2019 with traditional earlier releases in the UK.[11] Consistent with previous 007 titles including Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, the projected UK release date was later confirmed to be October 25th, 2019.[12] Writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were officially announced to be returning, along with producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.[11]

On 14th March 2018, British director Danny Boyle confirmed plans to handle directorial duties for No Time To Die, during a screening of the filmmaker's 2018 television series Trust. Boyle confirmed that collaborative partner, John Hodge, is "currently expanding an idea the pair had for 007 into a script."[13] Boyle previously directed Happy & Glorious, a short film starring Daniel Craig as 007, produced by the BBC as part of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. The news was subsequently officially confirmed by MGM,[12] with production officially set to begin on December 3rd, 2018.[12] However, on 21st August 2018 it was announced Boyle had pulled out due to "creative differences"[14].

On 14th September 2018, reports emerged that veteran writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were rehired to produce a new script for No Time To Die[15]. On 20th September 2018, it was officially announced that Cary Joji Fukunaga was confirmed to direct No Time To Die, taking over from Boyle. It was also announced that the film's release date would be pushed back to 14th February 2020, with filming commencing on 19 March 2019.[1][16] On February 15, 2019, it was announced that the release date was again pushed back to 8 April 2020 in order to give Fukunaga more time.[6]

On 20 August 2019, the title of Bond 25 was revealed to be No Time to Die.[17] In the same year, Aston Martin confirmed that the DB5 and the V8 Vantage Volante will return, and they will be joined by the DBS Superleggera and the Valhalla, making their Bond debuts.

On 4 March 2020, the release date for No Time to Die was pushed back again to 12 November 2020 in the United Kingdom and 25 November 2020 in the United States, due to the coronavirus pandemic. On 13 June 2020, the release date in the United States was moved up by 5 weeks to 20 November. However, on October 2, 2020, the film was again delayed, this time to April 2, 2021 in the United States and an uncertain date in 2021 in the United Kingdom.[6]


On January 6th 2020, Variety reported that composer, Hans Zimmer, would be replacing Dan Romer, who had previously been announced as scoring the film. "Creative differences" were cited to have been the reason for Romer's dismissal.[3] A week later, on January 14th, the producers officially announced that the film's theme song would be penned by American sibling songwriters, Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell.[4] To date, Eilish is the youngest artist in history to write and record a James Bond theme song.[4]


In April 2017, actor Daniel Craig mentioned he was open to returning for a final Bond film.[18] Speaking on American talk show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on August 15 2017 Craig ended speculation and confirmed he would play Bond for a fifth and final time. Craig's renewed enthusiasm for the role marks a change of mind after comments he made in 2015, which he explained as the product of exhaustion.[7][19]

Despite also making comments to the contrary in October 2017[20], Christoph Waltz was confirmed as reprising his role as Blofeld in the first trailer.[21]. In April 2019, it was confirmed that Academy Award-winning actor, Rami Malek, had signed on to portray the villain, Safin.[22]

In the official conference of April 2019 was confirmed[23], the rest of the cast: Ana de Armas as Paloma,[24] Billy Magnussen, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik and Lashana Lynch. It has been confirmed that Léa Seydoux will reprise her role as Madeleine Swann, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter.


Following the 2015 release of Spectre, Sony Pictures Entertainment's four-film contract to market and distribute the James Bond films officially expired.[25] While MGM and EON Productions are the studios responsible for producing the 007 movies neither of them is a distributor; hence necessitating a partnership with another studio that has that ability. Reportedly, Sony, Warner Bros, Annapurna, Fox and Universal are all pursuing distribution rights to the franchise, valued at between $2bn and $5bn (£1.5bn-£3.8bn), according to Hollywood Reporter.[26][27] Notably, MGM and EON are only offering a one-film contract to the victor.[25] On 23rd May 2018, it was confirmed that Universal Pictures had won the rights to internationally distribute No Time To Die, with MGM releasing the film in the United States through a partnership with Annapurna Pictures.[5][5]

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