Bond 25 gets official title

Tom Butler
Senior Editor
Daniel Craig poses for the media as he arrives for the German premiere of the James Bond movie 'Spectre'. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film will be called No Time To Die, it has been announced.

The 25th Bond film, starring Daniel Craig as 007, will be released on April 3, 2020 in the UK and April 8 in the US. It’s the fourth Bond film with a variation of the word Die in the title following Live and Let Die, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Die Another Day.

The news was announced on the official 007 Twitter account.

There had been rumours that the film would be called Shatterhand or Eclipse, but both were wide of the mark.

No Time To Die will star Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomie Harris (Miss Moneypenny), Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), and Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann) alongside new cast members Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Ana De Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), Dali Benssalah (Nox), Billy Magnussen (Game Night), and David Dencik (McMafia).

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Here’s the official synopsis: Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help.

The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga promised to send the 51-year-old actor out on an all-time high, saying he would be “upping the ante” for the next director to take on the franchise down the line.

'No Time To Die' title treatment (007/Twitter)

“Bond is not on active service when we start the film”, shared producer Barbara Broccoli earlier this year, “so we see him enjoying himself in Jamaica.”

“He starts his journey here, and we’ve built an extraordinary house for him.”

The film is working from a script written by series veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, with Michael G. Wilson confirming that Scott Z. Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge have also contributed to the script.

Filming has been taking place in Jamaica and at Pinewood Studios in the UK, as well as in London.

The movie has been beset by issues in recent months, with a "controlled explosion" damaging the outside of the famous 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, leaving a crew member injured.

Photo by: KGC-375/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 6/20/19 Charles The Prince of Wales visits the James Bond film set at Pinewood Studios on June 20, 2019 in Iver Heath. During his tour of the studios, Charles met actor Daniel Craig, actor Ralph Fiennes, actress Naomie Harris, director Cary Joji Fukunaga and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. The Prince is the Royal Patron of The British Film Institute and the Intelligence Services. (Iver Heath, England, UK)

No-one working inside the studio was hurt, but one crew member outside suffered a "minor injury".

In May, Craig was injured while filming in Jamaica, forcing the actor, 51, to undergo "minor ankle surgery".

However, the cast appeared in good spirits when they were visited on set
by the Prince of Wales in June.