With a running time of nearly three hours, No Time to Die is officially the longest James Bond film ever made. Daniel Craig takes on the role of the axe-faced secret agent for the final time.
Get your popcorn on if you’re watching No Time to Die, as the 25th James Bond film will be the longest ever! The upcoming movie, which stars Daniel Craig as the last Bond, will reportedly last two hours and 43 minutes, or 163 minutes in total. With this time, No Time to Die has overtaken the previous record holder, Spectre, which lasted 148 minutes.
Perhaps the length of No Time to Die will help make up for its late release. The film was initially scheduled for a November 2019 release, but Danny Boyle‘s departure would have resulted in multiple delays. Last year, a pandemic further complicated the firing, leaving No Time to Die out of the 2020 line-up entirely, with a release date finally set for this year. The James Bond film is scheduled to open on September 30 in the UK and October 8 in the US, dates MGM promises are now final.
In No Time to Die, James Bond has already left active duty and lives a quiet life in Jamaica. His retirement is cut short when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up to ask for help. The mission to rescue the kidnapped scientist proves far more insidious than expected, leading Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Cary Fukunaga directs no Time to Die from a screenplay co-written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Alongside Daniel Craig as James Bond, the film stars newcomer Lashana Lynch as the new 007 agent who succeeds Bond. No Time to Die also stars Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Ana de Armas, Rory Kinnear and David Dencik. The producer is Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
“Everybody thinks it’s so easy to make these action movies that it can just be cliché, you just shoot it, and people come to the theatre,” Fukunaga recently told SFX, referring to rumours that Malek would play Dr No in the story. “If you want a good film, you have to take it seriously and put a lot of thought into it. It takes many smart people to create these films and create these characters that hopefully will last. This is a new villain. Not him, Dr No., as some have speculated. Hopefully, it will be someone who has created something lasting in some way.”
“Let the rumours fly because whatever you expect from this movie, you’ll be shocked when you see it. I’m not going to pour oil on the fire,” Malek also told GQ. “[The rumours] are interesting. But I’m not going to bite… They’ll have to wait for the premiere and see,” he said briefly.
Considering the film’s running time, it’s worth a trip to the loo beforehand!