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Daniel Craig bids farewell to James Bond – .


LONDON – Daniel Craig believed he had completed his James Bond tenure with ‘Specter’, but actor claims his fifth final outing as a UK secret agent in ‘No Time To Die’ saw him complete his journey 007 .

Almost 60 years after the premiere of Bond film debut ‘Dr No’, the cinema’s favorite spy, known for his love of fast cars and cool gadgets, returns in the highly anticipated 25th Bond film next week after a 18 months delay due to COVID -19 pandemic.

Costing around $ 200 million to produce, “No Time To Die” sees Bond come out of retirement from an idyllic life in Jamaica to help hunt down a new villain armed with deadly technology.

“I didn’t think I was going to make another movie after ‘Specter’. I really thought I was going to… just put it away, ”Craig told Reuters.

“But I’m so glad I got the chance to come and do this one. And we have solved many problems. We have tried to tell a story with all of my Bond films. It’s like they’re all connected in some way and this one kind of tops it off. “

The nearly three-hour film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, promises the usual Bond action, car chases and stunts in scenic locations, including cave dwellings in the city of Matera, in southern Italy.

It features the new character Nomi, played by black actress Lashana Lynch and described simply as an 00 agent of Bond’s former employer, the British foreign spy service MI6. She looks as fierce and skilled as Bond.

“He’s also a real human being. She’s grounded and she comes from a great background and takes whatever opportunities she has and really runs with it. She has really made a difference at MI6 and will continue to do so, ”said Lynch.

“It’s revolutionary for black women, for my culture, for the franchise too who have been pushing the needle forward for a long time now. “

French actress Léa Seydoux is reprising her role as Madeleine Swann from 2015’s “Specter”.

“Cary wanted to explore the character of Madeleine a bit more… In a way, she is the heart of the film and the relationship with Bond is much more developed,” said Seydoux.

Rami Malek joins the franchise, one of Hollywood’s most valuable, as villainous Safin.

“I watched every villain in movie history almost to prepare for it,” he told the film’s official podcast.

After being postponed three times from its original April 2020 slot, “No Time To Die” has its world premiere on Tuesday in London.

“I enjoyed them all… They’re always a little bit tricky, but everything worth it is always a bit tricky so it was a joy to do,” said Craig, who started his Bond journey in 2006. “Casino Royal”. “

“(I’m) extremely grateful that I had the chance to do this and… all the amazing memories and moments… working with fantastic and amazing people… it changed my life… it’s just amazing. “

(Reporting by Sarah Mills Additional reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian Editing by William Maclean)

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