Here’s how long Daniel Craig has been playing James Bond: we’ve had three Presidents, we’ve gone from the original iPhone to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and we’ve seen Game of Thrones both enter our lives in glorious fashion and exit them in a disastrous manner. It’s been a loooooong time since Casino Royale redefined what James Bond could be back in 2006.
Now, with the fifth and final Craig-led Bond film on the horizon, the franchise is one of the world’s most successful, as each of the four films in the franchise has pulled in over at least $500 million at the box office, with Spectre topping $880 million and Skyfall clearing a billion. Throw in the fact that No Time To Die is Craig’s swansong and the film is all but guaranteed to cross the billion-dollar mark.
But just because it’s going to make money doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll be good, as the franchise is currently shooting at about a 50% clip in that regard. Casino Royale and Skyfall are as dank as they come, but Quantum of Solace and Spectre are nothing if not forgettable. It certainly hasn’t been smooth sailing for No Time To Die thus far, either, as the production of the film has been a long and winding road.
There was Daniel Craig previously claiming that he’d rather “slash his wrists” than play James Bond again. There was Danny Boyle’s (Steve Jobs, Trainspotting) departure as director and numerous script rewrites. Then, once the film actually began production, there was Craig’s ankle injury in May and the explosion at Pinewood Studios in June. Yada yada yada.
But, all that said, I have faith in No Time To Die. After four movies, they should know what works and what doesn’t. They’ve got wildly talented actors inhabiting every single role in the film. They’ve got Ana de Armas! But perhaps most importantly, it’s got Cary Joji Fukunaga, who directed the excellent first season of True Detective and the Jonah Hill and Emma Stone-starring Netflix series Maniac, which I fucking loved. So, buy into the hype, because I’m confident they’re going to send Craig off the way he deserves.
You can check out all of the No Time To Die images and exclusive interviews with Daniel Craig and the rest of the cast over at Entertainment Weekly.
No Time To Die will hit theaters in the United Kingdom on Thursday, April 2 before being released in the United States on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
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