With a guest list made up of Oscar winners and British royalty, the most anticipated James Bond movie No Time To Die finally held its world premiere in London on Tuesday. This premiere marked the most high-profile red carpet after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The premiere witnessed Britain’s Prince Charles and his son Prince William and their wives. As thanks for their frontline work during the pandemic, health workers and members of the armed forces were also invited. Former Bond actress Judi Dench and Grammy Award winner Billie Eilish, who sings the film’s theme tune, also attended the premiere in London on Tuesday.
Daniel Craig rocked in an eye-catching pink velvet dinner jacket. Daniel’s co-stars including Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Lea Seydoux reunited for the most anticipated movie. No Time To Die brings hope to cinema operators as it is expecting that film will help bring audiences back to pre-pandemic levels.
The 25th Bond movie has been delayed three times since its original April 2020 release date as movie theatres around the world were forced to shut their doors as well as impose audience number restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Universal Pictures and MGM film, part of one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises, marks Craig’s fifth and final outing as the debonair British secret agent, wrapping up a 15-year tenure that began with 2006’s Casino Royale.
Craig told Reuters, “It’s such a great relief. It was so important to me to come and celebrate with all the other cast and crew and to get it into the cinemas and we’re here.” He continues, “A year ago I didn’t think that was going to happen.” When asked what he was going to miss the most from playing 007, he replied, “The people.”
“The most daunting part was just coming up with a good story,” director Cary Joji Fukunaga said. “I think of it as the last chapter of this one book where we (first) met Daniel in Casino Royale (and) it’s all part of the same story,” he added.
The film cost an estimated $200 million to produce, and this will see Bond come out of retirement in Jamaica to help track down a new villain, described by Oscar winner Malek as mischievous and devious, and armed with lethal technology.