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No Time to Die release date, trailer, cast and more

No Time To Die
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No Time to Die, the final Daniel Craig James Bond movie, has a new release date. Of course, we've heard that many times before. But now it has a final trailer, which you can watch below.

It's been a long and winding road to movie screens for Bond 25, which lost director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later), who departed over creative differences. Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, True Detective) replaced him. 

Oh, and the script got a punch-up from Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve), who was brought in to liven things up.

No Time to Die release date

No Time to Die was supposed to come out on April 2, 2021, more than a year after it was originally supposed to drop. But now, MGM and Universal, along with the film's producers, have declared that Daniel Craig's last hurrah as Bond will roll into theaters on October 8, 2021

This will follow the world premiere at Royal Albert Hall in London on September 28, and the UK release on the 30th.

No Time to Die was originally slated to arrive in November 2019, but producers pushed the release back to the spring of 2020, due to the change of directors. Then, when the worldwide pandemic hit, closing movie theaters, No Time to Die was delayed to Thanksgiving week 2020, before another pushback to the spring of this year. The new release date in October is nearly two years after we were supposed to see the latest James Bond installment.

No Time to Die trailer

The on-screen text cards — "Every mission, every sacrifice, has led to this." — in the final US trailer for No Time To Die hammer home that this is the conclusion of Daniel Craig's run with the Bond character. The trailer is a reminder that this will be an in-theaters-only release.

Here's a previous No Time To Die trailer:

Almost as if it's here to reset opinions about what was going to possibly be a divisive movie, the new No Time To Die trailer is all things Bond. Driving around the world? Check. Fast vehicles and beautiful people? Check. Explosions, gunfire and stirring songs? You better believe the gang's all here.

On Dec. 4, 2019, we finally got the first real trailer for Bond 25:

In the clip, we start with Bond and Madeleine Swann (is her name a Proust joke?), mid-car chase, and Léa Seydoux's character (last seen in Spectre) asks Bond "why would I betray you?" His response, "we all have our secrets, we just didn't get to yours yet," seemingly plays out over the trailer.

Then, the scope of the trailer zooms out and M (Ralph Fiennes) is worried, saying "the world is arming faster than we can respond," before he asks "where is 007?"

Moments after we see Bond in Jamaica, where his pal Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) is trying to coax him out of retirement, we meet a new 00 agent, played by Lashana Lynch. She tells James that "the world has moved on commander Bond" and if he doesn't stay in his lane, she will put a bullet in his knee, before pausing "the one that works."

Then, we pivot back to Swann's side of Bond 25, as Blofeld (Cristoph Waltz) tells Bond "you gave up everything for her." Quickly, the trailer shows a series of shots involving facial disfigurements and masks, and as we meet Rami Malek's Safin, we start to wonder if Swann is working for him.

No Time to Die title reveal

The title was revealed in a short video posted to social media, which shows Craig as Bond, in black and white, walking around white-and-black curves that are revealed to be the title.

No Time to Die plot

The film is supposed to start with Bond living in Jamaica, having left active service. Of course, the spy game isn't ready for him to leave, as his old buddy Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) needs help.

The two will work to rescue a scientist, whose abduction is tied to an even larger, more nefarious situation.

Of course, Bond 25 will have a villain, and that antagonist will be played by Rami Malek (Mr. Robot, Bohemian Rhapsody).

No Time to Die cast

The full cast is listed below, but the biggest piece of news here is Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), who will play Nomi, who will take the 007 codename, being the first black actress to take the moniker. It seems that Bond will surprised to find out his code-number has been taken.

No time to die: Lashana Lynch

(Image credit: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The rest of the cast, detailed below, includes Christoph Waltz returning to play Blofeld and Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann.

  • Daniel Craig as James Bond
  • Christoph Waltz as Blofeld 
  • Rami Malek in an unnamed role
  • Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann 
  • Ana de Armas as Paloma
  • Ralph Fiennes as M Billy Magnussen 
  • Ben Whishaw as Q 
  • Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny
  • Lashana Lynch as Nomi 
  • Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter
  • Rory Kinnear as Tanner 
  • David Dencik as Waldo
  • Julian Ferro as MI6 Security Guard
  • Davina Moon as Madeleine's Receptionist
  • Billy Magnussen in an unnamed role

Of course this will be the final 007 outing for Daniel Craig, so we've put on our thinking hats and come up with a list of 17 people we think could — or rather should — be the next James Bond.

Henry T. Casey

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past six-plus years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.