James Bond returns, to save the world … and the cinema

The new James Bond, “Die Can Wait”, premieres in London on Tuesday, and this time 007 is on a mission not only to save the world but also cinemas, tested by the lockdowns.

This is the last time Britain’s Daniel Craig, 53, slips into the tuxedo of the most famous agent in Her Majesty’s service – and the name of his successor remains a mystery. For this ultimate adventure, he was not spared. Car chases, explosions, shootings … The trailer suggests an intense episode, rich in stunts and gadgets, in the pure tradition of 007.

With a year and a half late due to the pandemic, this 2 hour 43 minute film – the longest James Bond – will be unveiled in world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, before its release in British cinemas on Thursday, then October 6 in France.

On the red carpet, producers Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and director Cary Joji Fukunaga (“Beasts of No Nation”, “True Detective”) will meet actors Daniel Craig, Rami Malek and Léa Seydoux as well as singer Billie Eilish who performs the film’s official song, also titled “No Time To Die”.

Alongside these stars, and princes Charles and William, caregivers were invited to discover the film in the prestigious performance hall in tribute to their work during the pandemic.

Initially scheduled for March 2020, the release of this 25th episode of the adventures of the secret agent has been postponed several times due to the pandemic.

Its release is therefore eagerly awaited by fans but also by cinema operators who seek to fill their theaters after confinement.

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Daniel Craig told the PA news agency that he hopes the film’s release can “give the industry a boost”: “In my opinion, the cinema is not going away anytime soon and if we can help it. ‘one way or another I would be very happy.’

– “Injured animal” –

The last part of the adventures of James Bond, “Specter”, released at the end of 2015, had brought in more than 880 million dollars of receipts in the world, according to the specialized press.

After this film, Daniel Craig had declared that he would rather “cut his veins” than play James Bond again. Before finally stacking up for a new opus.

Who will take over from now on? The mystery remains, but for producer Barbara Broccoli, the character must continue to be played by a man.

In this latest film from the Craig era, the character invented by writer Ian Fleming has left his secret service activities and is enjoying a well-deserved rest in Jamaica.

A tranquility interrupted when his old friend from the CIA, Felix Leiter, comes to ask him for help to save a scientist who has just been kidnapped.

Back at work, the famous secret agent must work with a new and “disarming” colleague, played by Briton Lashana Lynch.

In front of them, a mysterious enemy equipped with high-tech weapons, embodied by the American of Egyptian origin Rami Malek, Oscar for best actor in 2019 for his interpretation of singer Freddie Mercury.

The conquest of Bond since “Specter”, the psychologist Madeleine Swann, interpreted by the French Léa Seydoux, also seems to have things to hide.

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In this opus, shot in particular in Italy and Jamaica, 007 “is a kind of wounded animal in struggle with its past as a secret agent”, described the director Cary Joji Fukunaga last year in a video from the distributor Universal Pictures .

According to the director, it is a “race” for James Bond, “not only to save the world but those he loves”.

Actress and screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) was called upon to improve the portrayal of women in the film, a way of responding to criticism of the sexism of some of the franchise’s work.

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