And just like that… it’s over! Five movies. Fourteen years. Daniel Craig has filmed his final scenes as 007. On the set of No Time To Die in Italy, filming has wrapped.
Spectre was a notoriously tough shoot. The tabloid press seemed determined to make out that No Time To Die was the same. A set fire, an injury and even a pervert peeper in the toilets on-set all added to a press frenzy that the movie was somehow cursed.
Daniel Craig seemed to blow that speculation out of the water with his emotional speech at the wrap party in Matera:
“I just want to say, and I am really quite drunk now so I won’t go on for long, this has been one of the best, most wonderful experiences I have ever had. You have all done the most amazing job. I could not be more proud to work with every single one of you on this production. I would like to thank you for this evening, for Barbara [Broccoli], for putting it on. Thank goodness, we did this tonight.”
The shoot itself has complete on-time despite the injury to Craig early in production. The movie is on track for an April 2020 release.
Other reports have come in that Emmy-winning Fleabag and Killing Eve writer/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s contribution to the script ended up being far greater than anticipated and that she may well be invited back to polish future entries.
The new film sees Bond having left active service and retired in Jamaica when Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) shows up to ask for help in the case of a kidnapped scientist which puts Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek all star.
What are the odds on Lea Seydoux’s character making it past the opening credits?