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Dying can wait: the new James Bond finally in the cinema, preview this Tuesday

British actor Daniel Craig on October 26, 2015 in London. (©AFP/Archives/Leon NEAL)

The new James Bond, “Dying can wait”, is presented in preview in London this Tuesday, September 28, 2021, and this time 007 has the mission not only to save the world but also the cinemas, tested by the confinements.

It is the last time the Briton Daniel Craig, 53, slips into the tuxedo of Her Majesty’s most famous agent – and the name of his successor remains a mystery. For this ultimate adventure, he was not spared. Chases, explosions, shootings… The trailer suggests an intense episode, rich in stunts and gadgets, in the pure tradition of 007.

A year and a half late

With a year and a half delay due to the pandemic, this 2 hour 43 minute film – the longest James Bond film – will have its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, before its release in British cinemas on Thursday, then on October 6 in France.

On the red carpet, producers Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and director Cary Joji Fukunaga (“Beasts of No Nation”, “True Detective”) will find actors Daniel Craig, Rami Malek and Léa Seydoux as well as singer Billie Eilish who performs the official song of the film, also titled “No Time To Die”.

Alongside these stars, and princes Charles and William, caregivers were invited to discover the film in the prestigious performance hall in tribute to their work during the pandemic.

American singer Billie Eilish at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2021 in New York.
American singer Billie Eilish at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2021 in New York. (©AFP/Archives/ANGELA WEISS)

A long-awaited release

Initially scheduled for March 2020, the release of this 25th episode of the adventures of the secret agent has been postponed several times due to the pandemic. Its release is therefore eagerly awaited by fans but also by cinema operators looking to fill their rooms after confinement.

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Daniel Craig told the PA news agency that he hopes the film’s release can “give the industry a boost”: “In my opinion, cinema is not going away and if we can help d ‘one way or another I would be very happy about it’.

Who to take over?

The last installment of the adventures of James Bond, “Spectre”, released at the end of 2015, had grossed more than 880 million dollars worldwide, according to the specialized press.

After this film, Daniel Craig declared that he would rather “cut his wrists” than play James Bond again. Before finally stacking up for a new opus.

Who will now take over? The mystery remains, but for producer Barbara Broccoli, the character must continue to be interpreted by a man.

“Agent 007” at the cinema. (©AFP/)

Starring Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch

In this last film of the Craig era, the character invented by writer Ian Fleming has left his secret service activities and is enjoying a well-deserved rest in Jamaica.

A tranquility interrupted when his old friend from the CIA, Felix Leiter, comes to ask for his help in rescuing a scientist who has just been kidnapped.

Back at work, the famous secret agent must work with a new and “disarming” colleague, played by the British Lashana Lynch.

Facing them, a mysterious enemy equipped with high-tech weapons, played by the American of Egyptian origin Rami Malek, Oscar for best actor in 2019 for his interpretation of singer Freddie Mercury.

The conquest of Bond since “Spectre”, the psychologist Madeleine Swann, interpreted by the Frenchwoman Léa Seydoux, also seems to have things to hide.

Lashana Lynch on February 9, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
Lashana Lynch on February 9, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (©Getty/AFP/Archives/Frazer Harrison)

“Injured animal”

In this opus, shot notably in Italy and Jamaica, 007 “is a kind of wounded animal struggling with his past as a secret agent”, described director Cary Joji Fukunaga last year in a video from distributor Universal Pictures. .

According to the director, it’s a “race” for James Bond, “not only to save the world but those he loves”.

Actress and screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) was tapped to improve the portrayal of women in the film, a way to respond to criticism of the sexism of certain works in the franchise.

Source: © 2021 AFP

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