No Time To Die has been delayed time and again due to the ongoing pandemic but, by overcoming all the struggles the film has finally had its world premiere in London. This film would mark Daniel Craig’s last as the legendary James Bond and we are all already in tears thinking about it. The royal premiere took place in London’s famous Albert Hall and was not only attended by the cast and creators of the film but also two generations of the royal family grace the red carpet with their presence.
Daniel Craig said to BBC Radio 5 Live on the red carpet, how the role was “incredibly important to cinema and to history, and the weight of that has been on my shoulders for a while”. He added that he has been “incredibly lucky” to fill in the shoes of the iconic James Bond for some time now.
No Time To Die is the fifth movie in the James Bond franchise starring Craig and it has been 6 years since the last instalment. Thus, it might be difficult for new fans to understand how to go about the movie, especially, with so little time in hand to catch the film in theatres. Well, we have got you covered!
The 3 Essential Bond Films To Watch Ahead of No Time To Die:
Casino Royale (2006)
Casino Royale marks the start of Daniel Craig playing James Bond as it starts with his character recently getting promoted to the double-O status. Casino Royale tracks back to Bond’s origins and his inevitable face-off with the terrorist financier Le Chiffre (played by Mads Mikkelsen) through a game of poker and leading him to bankruptcy.
This particular piece of cinema marked the reboot of the series and was a critical as well as commercial success with director Martin Campbell on the toe. If you are just looking to start the movies in the James Bond franchise, this is a good place to do so as it essentially serves as the origin chapter to Craig’s James Bond.
Even though Quantum of Solace (2008) should be up on the list next as it is the follow-up story for Casino Royale, one can skip it as it was less of a Bond thriller and focused more on CIA and deep-rooted government affairs.
However, what one cannot skip is Skyfall directed by Sam Mendes which can be called the best Bond movie in the franchise so far. This film again brings the focus back to James Bond’s character arc. It surely continued the thread from the previous film about the MI6 being corrupted but did take a more personal look at Bond’s story as it centred around Bond and his overseer, M’s actions.
If there is one Bond movie that you cannot afford to skip before watching No Time To Die then it has to be Spectre. This film serves as the key to understanding the one supreme villain who is tied to all the other Bond films- “SPECTRE”. It also serves the ground to understand the character of Lea Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann, who will be reprising in her role in the upcoming movie.
In fact, Spectre ends with Bond and Swann driving away which happens to be the first shot of the trailer of No Time To Die, only reaffirming the fact that not watching Spectre will make it difficult for the audience to relate and connect the dots in the upcoming Bond film.
Follow Up Films
Dr. No (1962)
Remembering the old movies from the Bond franchise is as important as watching the new ones and Dr. No is a hard no-miss. It is apparently the film from where all of it started! Dr. No is the perfect film that sets the tone, rhythm and direction for Fleming’s Bond to transition from the pages of a book to our screens.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
This film is actor George Lazenby’s only appearance as Agent 007 and is the oddball of the franchise. The film is not purely made but rather gives a more humane and romantic side to Bond, which was not seen before Craig’s Jame Bond movies took the front seat. Amongst fans, it is a must-watch as it ties us more closely to the character of James Bond rather than his action sequences.
As the world premiere sets up emotional goodbyes for the character of Bond, it also lets us see how deeply the franchise has impacted people all over the different eras. The theatrical release of No Time To Die will happen nationwide on September 30, 2021.
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