Weapons, women, explosions – and a magical motorcycle – James Bond fans have been provided a preview of essentially the most high-octane instalment in the spy series so far.
The 2 minute 35 second trailer comes after a 15 second teaser was released on Monday and a series of character posters on Tuesday.
The movie was shot in London and Jamaica, and also in Norway and Italy, and features the return of Ralph Fiennes, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright alongside Daniel Craig, in his last outing as 007. Joining the cast is Rami Malek as a Bond baddie and Lashana Lynch as the female agent who takes over Bond’s number.
The trailer showcases keynote stunts including Bond’s leap from a viaduct, an infinite leap on a motorcycle and rapid fire from the headlamps of an Aston Martin. It seems to confirm rumours that the plot revolves around 007’s perceived betrayal by Seydoux’s Madeline Swann – and her links to Malek’s megalomaniac scientist, who Bond warns against playing God.
Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld is seen briefly in a cell scene, and much airtime is given to Lynch’s formidable spy, who threatens Bond with a bullet in his knee except he “stay in [his] lane”.
Pre-production on the movie has been strikingly bumpy. An eleventh hour departure by director Danny Boyle and his co-writer, John Hodge, led to a considerable delay to the start of shooting.
Cary Fukunaga was introduced on board to switch Boyle, and Craig recruited Phoebe Waller-Bridge to polish the script. Nonetheless, the eventual shoot was blighted by a serious ankle damage for Craig, an explosion on set and the arrest of a man found to have concealed cameras in the Pinewood studios.
No Time To Die is released in the UK on 3 April 2020 and in the US and Australia 5 days later.