No Time to Die: Your many burning James Bond questions answered (massive spoilers)

No, Mr Bond, I count on you to die: Daniel Craig is 007 for the final time.


You have seen No Time to Die, Daniel Craig’s last movie as James Bond, and this epic, emotional and explosive swan tune for 007 has in all probability blown your thoughts.

Out now in UK cinemas and opening within the US on Oct. 8, the most recent Bond movie is packed stuffed with twists and turns constructing as much as an ending that is surprising — positively surprising. Let’s dive into the ideas and questions you might have after seeing the movie. Look out: Spoilers abound! What’s Heracles? How nice are Ana De Armas, Lashana Lynch and Phoebe Waller-Bridge? Are there any basic Bond Easter eggs? And what does the ending imply for the subsequent James Bond?

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Is James Bond lifeless?

Sure, James Bond dies in No Time to Die. In a decades-old collection well-known for its repetitive components, Bond dying is one thing we actually did not count on.


This James Bond is lifeless, sure. Shot within the again, mortally wounded after which blown up, he is not coming again. Not less than, the model of James Bond performed by Daniel Craig is not coming again.

Is there a post-credits scene?

No. However should you stick round till the top of the credit, you may see the well-known phrases which have closed many earlier 007 movies: “James Bond will return.” When that occurs, the character shall be performed by somebody apart from Daniel Craig in a recent reset of the collection. Which can be below the auspices of Amazon, which just lately purchased film studio MGM.

Is Mathilde actually Bond’s little one?

Apparently? Madeleine initially denies that the younger lady is Bond’s daughter, however he suspects that is not true as a result of she has blue eyes like his. Safin tells Bond she’s his child, however this sinister dangerous man may simply be mendacity to control and provoke Bond. On the finish, Madeleine admits Bond is a father, however once more that may very well be a mislead consolation him in his last moments. It is ambiguous sufficient so that you can make up your individual thoughts.

What is the quote M reads for Bond’s eulogy?

“The right operate of man is to reside, to not exist. I shall not waste my days in making an attempt to lengthen them. I shall use my time.”

This quote is extensively attributed to creator Jack London. Fleming used these phrases in an obituary for Bond when the superspy was presumed lifeless within the 1964 novel You Solely Reside Twice.

Is No Time to Die primarily based on a novel?

Not likely, however as with all Bond films, the filmmakers have pulled in parts from Ian Fleming’s books. On this case, the film attracts on You Solely Reside Twice, which sees Bond residing as a fisherman, touring to distant Japan to destroy a macabre Backyard of Demise, and dying (supposedly). Within the ebook, Bond’s lover Kissy Suzuki turns into pregnant, however the little one is rarely talked about once more in Fleming’s novels. Followers had been alerted to the supply materials when “Shatterhand” was in 2019 introduced as a working title for the film — it is a reference to the title adopted by Blofeld because the ebook’s villain. It was the second to final within the collection and the final to be truly accomplished by Fleming earlier than his demise. 

Actor Sean Connery on the set of You Live Only Twice. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Sean Connery performs Bond in You Reside Solely Twice.

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Bond additionally visited Vesper Lynd’s grave within the earlier story, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the ebook wherein he met and married his spouse Contessa Teresa “Tracy” di Vicenzo, the love of his life within the novels and the pre-Craig movies. 

Why do they preserve saying ‘we’ve got on a regular basis on the planet’?

These had been Bond’s last phrases to Tracy within the novel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and so they had been used because the title of a tune within the 1969 movie adaptation. Composed by John Barry, with lyrics by Hal David, it was sung by jazz legend Louis Armstrong however solely launched as successful single within the Nineties. Components of the tune had been utilized by composer Hans Zimmer within the No Time to Die monitor Matera, whereas the unique tune is performed in full over the closing credit.

George Lazenby as James Bond and Diana Rigg as his ill-fated wife Teresa in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service', directed by Peter R Hunt, 1969. (Photo by Larry Ellis Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

George Lazenby in his one outing as James Bond, with Diana Rigg as his ill-fated spouse Tracy, murdered by Blofeld in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

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What about the remainder of the music?

Zimmer changed composer Dan Romer throughout postproduction, and the soundtrack nods to different bits of basic Bond music. For instance, within the scene the place Bond meets M on the banks of the river Thames and correctly returns to the key service, parts of John Barry’s rating for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service might be heard.

The title tune is in fact by Billie Eilish, written together with her brother Finneas O’Connell. First heard in early 2020, it gained a Grammy earlier than the COVID-delayed film even got here out.

What automobiles does Bond drive?

The opening sequence in Italy sees Bond drive his gadget-packed classic Aston Martin DB5, first pushed by Sean Connery in 1964’s Goldfinger and reintroduced to the collection with 2012’s Skyfall. Later, he grabs one other basic from storage: an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, beforehand pushed by Timothy Dalton in 1987’s The Residing Daylights.

Fittingly, Bond’s substitute is a bit more updated in her alternative of automotive. Nomi, performed by Lashana Lynch, drives an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

Another hyperlinks to basic Bond films?

Look out for work of former Ms within the secret service workplaces: a portrait of Judi Dench and one other of Bernard Lee pay tribute to Bond’s bosses from earlier movies. Which moderately complicates the timeline, when you consider it.

What’s Safin’s plan?

Within the opening scene, the devilish Lyutsifer Safin needs revenge on the Spectre agent who killed his household, Mr. White (seen in Craig’s earlier movies from On line casino Royale to Spectre). He cannot deliver himself to complete the job, nevertheless, rescuing Mr. White’s younger daughter Madeleine from beneath an ice lake. 

Years later, Safin is obsessive about Madeleine, and albeit his goal is far much less clear. First he makes use of the Heracles bioweapon to destroy Spectre and kill Blofeld as soon as and for all. After that, he decides to make use of the nanobots to kill tens of millions for no obvious motive, apart from that he is the dangerous man in a Bond film and that is the form of crazy crap they do.


Rami Malek as Safin in No Time to Die.

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Nanobots? Actually?

It is fairly a coincidence that the movie revolves round a lethal an infection that forestalls individuals from touching those they love. The nanobot idea does not precisely match with Safin’s apparently natural backyard of poisons, which makes me marvel if the know-how ingredient was added to distance the virus from the COVID pandemic.

Did the film should be that lengthy?

That is as much as you. At 163 minutes, or two hours and 43 minutes, it is the longest run time for a Bond film.

What’s Heracles?

Heracles was the Greek title for the hero of antiquity known as Hercules by the Romans. Persecuted by the goddess Hera, Heracles infamously killed his personal youngsters and was pressured to carry out 12 labors as a penance.

The legend chimes with the ending of the movie. A villainous centaur tricked Heracles’ spouse into giving the hero a poisoned shirt that burned his pores and skin, just like how the bioweapon kills an individual it touches. As soon as poisoned, Heracles constructed his personal funeral pyre and was incinerated, simply as a poisoned Bond selected to be blown up. The similarity does not finish there: Heracles’ human physique burned, however his godlike self rose to Olympus to reside on. And whereas Daniel Craig’s model of the character might die, the character of James Bond is everlasting.

What did Phoebe Waller-Bridge contribute? 

It is exhausting to know which elements of the movie had been conceived by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and which by common Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, however the playful tone, sharp dialogue and rounded ladies characters undoubtedly really feel like Waller-Bridge. The Fleabag and Killing Eve creator is the second lady to put in writing a James Bond movie after Johanna Harwood labored on the primary two within the collection, Dr. No and From Russia With Love again within the Sixties.

What’s with all of the corduroy?

No Time to Die sees Bond stress-free into new roles as a retiree and even a father or mother. He wears his signature black tie at Blofeld’s ill-fated birthday celebration and the same old Tom Ford tight tailoring whereas in London. However he spends many of the movie in additional relaxed clothes, together with denims, henley collars and informal shirts — even a baseball cap. Visiting Vesper’s grave, he dons a respectful however climate-appropriate beige go well with. Sadly, it is made from corduroy, as is the inexperienced duster coast he wears to go to Madeleine in Norway and fend off dangerous guys within the forest. The go well with and the coat are made by Massimo Alba, a favourite of Daniel Craig. Different manufacturers within the movie embody Crockett and Jones, Orlebar Brown, N.Peal, Barbour, Brunello Cucinelli, Danner, Rogue Territory, Rag & Bone, and, er, Tommy Bahama.

Among the many different costumes, look out for Lashana Lynch in a safari go well with, insouciantly updating the oft-reviled outfit worn by Roger Moore in his Nineteen Seventies tenure.

Not one of the costumes are as daring as Craig’s alternative of outfit for the premiere, nevertheless: a scorching pink velvet dinner jacket by Anderson & Sheppard. The daring and cheeky outfit was the proper celebration of Craig’s freedom from the constraints of the position.

Lashana Lynch, Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux attend the World Premiere of

Lashana Lynch, Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux on the world premiere of No Time to Die at London’s Royal Albert Corridor on Sept. 28, 2021.

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The place had been the Italian scenes filmed?

Bond and Madeleine trip in Matera, southern Italy, presumably the third-oldest metropolis on the planet (behind Aleppo and Jericho). The stone metropolis beforehand doubled for Jerusalem in Mel Gibson’s 2004 movie The Ardour of the Christ.

What is the Wallace and Gromit connection?

Through the flashback to Madeleine’s childhood at the beginning of the movie, the TV is displaying The Fallacious Trousers, an Oscar-winning 1993 stop-motion movie from British studio Aardman Animations. I’ve no concept why. Do you? Chime in within the feedback part. 

Who would be the subsequent James Bond?

Now you are asking. The tabloids shall be stuffed with hypothesis for the subsequent few years (Michael Fassbender? Tom Hiddleston? Idris Elba? Henry Cavill?), nevertheless it’ll in all probability go to a lesser-known actor. Let’s wait and see. 

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