It’s a little understandable that most people – myself included – approach each new Bond movie with a mix of excitement and trepidation. This is one of the most successful but inconsistent franchises in the history of cinema. Daniel Craig’s version of 007 has yielded two exciting classics and two self-serious duds.
Based on the first trailer for his final spin in the Aston Martin, this looks like it’s right down the middle. The two-and-a-half-minute trailer feels more like a “Previously On” recap than a proper preview, going through all the major plot points, including a betrayal by Madeline (Lea Seydoux), the introduction of the new 007 (Lashana Lynch) and the reveal of the big bad (Rami Malek). The pacing is a bit weird, and it feels like it gives away a lot of the movie.
But then there’s the action. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (the lone great season of True Detective), a lot of it looks absolutely jaw-dropping, including Bond repelling down an aqueduct, jumping a brick wall on a motorcycle, and one of the most badass things I’ve seen in a while: an Aston Martin complete with machine guns.
We also get brief looks at returning characters M (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Whishaw), Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Felix (Jeffrey Wright), plus new Bond girl Paloma (Ana de Armas, fresh off her terrific turn in Knives Out).
Check out the new trailer below.
No Time to Die opens April 2 in the UK and April 10 in the U.S.