The new James Bond film, the last with Daniel Craig, finally unveiled in London

So anticipated, repeatedly postponed due to containmentthis 25e Adventures of 007 is slated for release Thursday in the UK and October 8 in Canada.

The first reviews

On the critical side, the Guardian came out enthusiastic about the screening, calling the filmhuge, ridiculously easy-to-watch piece of entertainment that feels half the length of it than it is, as opposed to Telegraph, who judges him disappointing and ordinary.

The fundamentals, in any case, are there: spectacular chases (special mention for a stunt on a motorcycle in the alleys of Matera, in Italy), heavy shootings, gadgets and awe-inspiring landscapes, from Norway to Jamaica and in the south. from Italy. The deadly over-equipped Aston Martin DB5 is back.

Without forgetting the touch of British humor, inherited from the 1960s, less saucy, more self-mockery.

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga, the first American to shoot a James Bond, digs deeper into previous films with a secret agent confronted with his intimate flaws, the agent having to save both the world and his family, and imposes his paw from a freezing opening scene, in the Nordic winter.

Red carpet evening in London

In To die can wait, Daniel Craig dons the costume of Her Majesty’s agent for the last time, and the name of his successor remains a mystery. The end of this film which does not hesitate to break certain codes of the series, one of the most profitable of the 7th art, leaves open the hypotheses as to the form that this succession could take.

In the meantime, the 53-year-old Briton was able to walk the red carpet on Tuesday evening before the London screening at the Royal Albert Hall, alongside members of the team: producer Michael G. Wilson, producer Barbara Broccoli, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, actor Rami Malek and actress Léa Seydoux, as well as singer Billie Eilish, who performs the film’s official song, also titled No Time to Die. Princes Charles and William and their wives were also there.

Lashana Lynch, Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux and Cary Joji Fukunaga

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Relieved, because the James Bond are made for cinema, Daniel Craig assured on the Sky News channel that he had really no bad memories of his 15 years as a secret agent. It’s coming out this week, go see it!, added the one who wore a fuchsia tuxedo jacket.

Three women wearing long dresses and two men are on the red carpet.

Prince Charles accompanied by his wife, Camilla, Prince William and his wife, Kate, as well as producer Barbara Broccoli at the premiere of “Mourir Can Wait” (“No Time to Die”).

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James Bond facing his best enemies

In the film, whose story is conceived as the epilogue of the five James Bonds in which Daniel Craig starred, since Casino Royale 15 years ago, the character invented by the writer Ian Fleming was pulled from his retirement to face his best enemies: Blofeld, the SPECTER organization and especially the dreaded Safin (Rami Malek).

His peace of mind is interrupted when his old friend from the CIA, Felix Leiter, comes to ask him for help in saving a scientist who has just been kidnapped.

Two women hold central roles: Léa Seydoux (the psychologist Madeleine Swann, conquest of James Bond who rises after Spectre) whose character is revealed to be full of secrets and wounds. And a new MI-6 recruit, Agent Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch, who has been officially appointed 007 after leaving the service of James Bond. On the red carpet, the Briton judged unbelievable for playing this role, the stars were aligned.

Her character, quickly sketched out, is a clever way for the production team to respond to accusations of sexism. Barbara Broccoli felt that the character of James Bond himself should continue to be portrayed by a man.

The American Rami Malek, Oscar for best actor in 2019 for his interpretation of singer Freddie Mercury, therefore embodies a mysterious enemy equipped with a high-tech genetic weapon. Without forgetting the other Frenchman of this James Bond, his henchman Primo, played by Dali Benssalah.

Initially scheduled for March 2020, the film’s release is awaited by fans, but also by cinemas, affected by the pandemic.

Released at the end of 2015, the previous part, entitled Spectre, grossed more than 880 million US dollars worldwide, or about 1.1 billion Canadian dollars, according to the trade press.

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