Sept 29, 2021: With a list of Oscar-winning and British royal guests, James Bond’s “No Time to Die” finally held its late world premiere on Tuesday at the cinema’s ultra-high-profile red carpet in London.
Wet weather failed to dampen the spirits as co-stars Daniel Craig, dressed in eye-catching pink velvet dinner jackets, and fellow actors including Rami Malik, Lashana Lynch and Lea Sedoux reunited for the upcoming film, cinema operators hope will help bring the audience back up to pre-pandemic level.
The 25th Bond film “No Time to Die” has been delayed three times since its original release schedule of April 2020 was missed after movie theaters around the world were forced to close their doors and limit audiences.
The Universal Pictures and MGM film, part of one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises, marks Craig’s fifth and final outing as the suave British secret agent, wrapping up a 15-year tenure that began with 2006’s “Casino Royale”.
Talking to Reuters, Daniel Craig said,” 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, a year ago I didn’t think that was going to happen.”
When asked what he enjoyed most about his career as Bond, he said the people he worked with.
Costing an estimated $200 million, “No Time to Die” helps Bond find a new villain coming out of retirement in Jamaica to help track down a new villain. The film completes the story arc started in Casino Royale which showed the agent getting his so called “license to kill”.
The premier was also attended by royalty with Britain’s Prince Charles and his son Prince William and their wives among the prominent attendees at the James Bond movie premier.
To show thanks to the front line workers during the pandemic, health workers and members of the armed forces were also invited.
Also in attendance were former Bond actress Judi Dench and Grammy Award winner Billie Eilish, who sings the film’s theme tune.
James Bond’s rendition in “No Time To Die” is among the most anticipated movies this autumn and will start showing in theaters this week.
Lea Seydoux, who continues her role of Madeline Swann, from the previous movie Spectre said, “I know the world is expecting this film, we gave everything to this film … and I hope people will love it.”
With the previous two editions of the franchise, “Skyfall” and “Spectre” grossing $880 million and $1 Billion respectively, expectations are high.
Franchise owner and producer, Barbara Broccoli said, “Now that the cinemas are open we’re really happy to be supporting the industry, we made this film for the cinema and we want people to enjoy it.”
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