The first trailer for the 25th instalment of the James Bond franchise was finally released yesterday and this was an incredible first trailer.
Let’s beat around the bush, No Time To Die had a lot against it from the behind the scenes issues, then Daniel Craig injured his ankle during filming and then you the bellends online against the idea of Phoebe Waller-Bridge was writing it and Lashana Lynch was the new 007.
Well, Lynch was decent in Captain Marvel and Waller-Bridge can’t hear you over her multiple Emmy awards.
So what made this trailer so superb because it did everything a first trailer is supposed to do in my eyes. From getting us excited about this movie, make us forget the past issues, whilst hint to the story and introduce us to the characters.
They smash everyone! Honestly, if you’re not excited I don’t think nothing will because I think even no Bond fans are interested in seeing No Time To Die.
As for the characters, this trailer did a wonderful job of showing how utterly badass Lynch’s Nomi is from threating to take “Commander Bond” (the first time, I think, they’ve used his Naval rack in these movies, but I could be wrong) out to the shot of her fading into the darkness like Batman.
Additionally, it seems I’m the only one but I’m getting major Alec Trevelyan vibes from Lynch and while that doesn’t mean she’ll betray MI6. The whole military look is similar to Sean Bean’s character and I can’t get the idea out of my head that she could turn.
We learn that Bond has been out of service of at least two years and we learn in interviews (this via Empire) with director Cary Joji Fukunaga that a large bulk of the film takes place five years after Spectre.
It makes is possible the opening scene of the trailer will be the beginning of the film.
Fukunaga and Craig look to have a good time and both have the aim of making the 51-year-olds final appearance in the title role is fantastic.
What is surprising is how close No Time To Die is seemingly connected to Spectre. Not only in the form of Lea Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann, but we’re also got the return of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) and looking at IMDB there’s plenty of Spectre agents and Brigitte Millar’s Dr Vogel.
If you’ve forgotten who Vogel, she appeared in the creepy Spectre board meeting where she gives an update on her achievements and while she position in the organisation is unclear, it seems she’s a senior member.
What’s also interesting Fukunaga is also teasing we’ll be learning more about Madeleine and his writing team had fun unearthing.
“Her father is Mr. White. Mr White was key in the deal that saved Bond’s life with Vesper Lynd, so… there’s stuff to mine there” said the American director.
We also get a hint at what Rami Malek’s villainous Safin is but not the big plan, probably learn that in the second/final trailer, what Fukunaga is saying is “There’s a new generation of bad guys coming up” and that “This is somebody who’s hyper intelligent and a worthy adversary.”
Finally, the trailer gave a tease of Ana de Armas’ Paloma, who is a CIA agent and assigned by Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright coming back since Quantum of Solace), who could be the head of CIA or retired like Bond, to help Bond during his mission.
The final thing the filmmaker is hinting if Paloma is a goodie or baddie, which only adds to my theory of Nomi a double agent double-0.
Also, we didn’t see anything of Billy Magnussen’s character, why the secrecy Cary?
No Time To Die looks fantastic! Big shout out to Linus Sandgren could be matching the legend Roger Deakins in the most stunningly shot Bond movie and I’m digging Dan Romer’s music.
No Time To Die hits UK cinemas on April 2, 2020.