Halfway through the first trailer for No Time to Diethe 25th James Bond film, and the last to star Daniel Craig as the lead MI5 agent007 delivers a warning: History isnt kind to men who play god.
Presumably, hes talking to Rami Maleks villain, Safin, but in some ways the Bond franchise has been playing god for decades. Each time one 007 retires, the franchise just reincarnates the agent into a new body. Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Craig. The list goes on and on. Soon, now that Craig has sworn hell never come back for another movie, a new name will join that list, and the rites of passage will continue.
Judging by this first trailer, that new Bond could be Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvels Maria Rambeau). Ever since she was cast, there have been rumors that she might take up the mantle. This trailer doesnt prove that she's the new 007, just a double-0, but it also hints that shes the future of the franchise. As soon as her Nomi appears, she warns that the worlds moved on Commander Bond before promising him, You get in my way and I will put a bullet in your knee & the one that works.
Thats quite the introduction, literally threatening to kneecap the old guard if they get in her way. But sometimes thats just how it is. This Bond film, directed by Beasts of No Nations Cary Joji Fukunaga, is the end of an era, but also the beginning of a new one. In addition to Bond 25 being Craigs last, its also the first since #MeToo and Times Up. Its co-written by Fleabag and Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whose involvement made Lynch squeal with excitement. I thought, Oh my gosh, British girl just like me, she told The Hollywood Reporter recently. Shes going to know how to actually take care of women onscreen.
Bond fans will see if shes right when No Time to Die hits theaters April 10, 2020.
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