The 25th film of the James Bond series, No Time To Die, will premier at the Royal Albert Hall next week before being released to the wider public on Thursday September 30. Five years after Bond has left active service, he is asked by friend and CIA agent Felix Leiter to help search for abducted scientist Valdo Obruchev. While on the hunt for Mr Obruchev, 007 encounters a villian whose schemes could see the death of millions.
In his fifth outing as the fictional spy Daniel Craig will also be joined by a star studded cast including Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Christoph Waltz and Rami Malek, who plays the film’s villain.
The film’s release had been delayed by the departure of director Danny Boyle for creative differences, before the coronavirus pandemic pushed back its theatrical release by over a year.
Filming action films can be a dangerous process, and Mr Craig revealed the injuries he’d suffered while making his previous films while on a promotion run for the last film, Spectre.
Appearing on the Graham Norton Show in 2015, Mr Craig told the presenter: “I’ve had my right shoulder reconstructed, I’ve had my left knee operated on, my right knee operated on.”
The star added, to raws of laughter: “My thumb hurts”.
Mr Norton then joked “dry scalp” before Mr Craig said “Itchy crotch”.
Also on the show were Ms Harris and Mr Waltz who reprise their roles as Miss Moneypenny and Blofeld respectively in No Time To Die.
Ms Harris told Mr Norton of an incident while filming Spectre where she almost ran over an extra.
Oscar winning Mr Waltz, who in the last decade has become a favourite of lauded director Quintin Tarantino, revealed that he was physically unhurt.
Yet the Austrian-German actor jokingly added: “You get injured as you go along, of course you do, but mostly psychologically.”
Famously, during the 2011 pre-production of Django Unchained Mr Waltz dislocated his pelvic bone after falling off a horse.
On having to get back on the horse to resume filming, the actor told Conan O’Brian in 2013: “I admit I was a little scared.
“A horse is very big and I’m a normal person.”
He added: “Jamie [Foxx] gave me a saddle with a seatbelt.
“He really did ‒ he gave me this big beautiful saddle and there was a seatbelt on and everything”.
No Time To Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, while the film’s team of writers includes Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
19-year-old American musician Billie Eilish follows in the footsteps of Adele and Shirley Bassey, by writing the James Bond film’s title track.
It will be the final time Mr Craig reprises the legendary role he first portrayed in 2006 for Casino Royale, which some critics considered to be the best James Bond film of all time.