Daniel Craig looks bleak in newly released footage for No Time To Die as he marks his last turn as James Bond.
The upcoming blockbuster will take 007 against the evil Safin, played by Rami Malek, in his latest life-threatening mission.
Rami, 39, shared in a new feature called ‘Meet Safin’ how his character will be a formidable enemy to Bond.
Action star: Daniel Craig, 52, looks bleak as ever in newly released footage for No Time To Die as he marks his last turn as James Bond
He said: “What I really wanted from Safin was that he made him restless and considered himself heroic.
Safin is a formidable opponent. James Bond must adapt to that. ‘
No Time To Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga agreed with Rami, saying, ‘What he [Safin] wants and what he’s willing to do makes him a very terrifying character, both for Bond and on a global level. ‘
In the new images, Bond finds himself in a busy bar, dressed in a black shirt, speaking to a man in a hushed voice.
Opponent: The upcoming blockbuster will take 007 against the evil Safin, played by Rami Malek, in his latest life-threatening mission
Safin looks menacing as ever as he stares straight into the camera while standing in an empty room with gray walls.
The new feature also has an excerpt from the movie in which Safin can be seen telling Bond: ‘I’ve made you redundant’.
Bond replies, “No … not as long as there are people like you in the world.”
Secret agent Madeleine Swann’s (Lea Seydoux) love interest can also be seen in the new images while holding a mysterious black box.
The 25th film in the franchise finds Bond after leaving active duty and enjoying a quiet life in Jamaica when his old friend Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, comes to ask for help from the CIA.
Scene: In the new images, Bond is in a busy bar, dressed in a black shirt while speaking to a man in a hushed voice
Bond leaves his seemingly happy life with Madeleine and returns to the field to face off against Safin, who is armed with a new dangerous technology that could affect the world.
In June, it was confirmed that the release date for the expected film had been pushed forward two weeks and will open on November 12 in the UK and November 20 in the US.
The film was originally scheduled for release in April, but was delayed to November 25 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and then moved back to November 8 before the most recent change.
Over the summer, it was reported that the film’s release date would change again, after the COVID-19 crisis delayed launch by seven months.
According to a report by The sun, it was considered whether the release of the film should be rescheduled due to fears of losing money at the box office.
Fearful: Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), the secret agent’s love interest, also appears in the new images while holding a mysterious black box
It has been claimed that the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in the US meant that movie managers were concerned about how many people might see it.
A source told the publication: ‘There are secret talks about what to do. Not having time to die and earning less than half a billion would be considered a disaster regardless of the circumstances. ‘
MailOnline contacted EON productions at the time for comment.
The upcoming movie marks Daniel’s last ever outing as the iconic character, which the actor recently insisted he liked.
He told British GQ: ‘I’m really … I’m OK. I don’t think I would have been if I made the last movie and that was it. But this, I’m like … Let’s go. Let’s get on with it. I am fine.’
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The actor also insisted he isn’t too worried about his post-Bond career, as he claimed, ‘I’m pretty sure I can play just about anything. Yes. I’m pretty sure I can, or at least I can get af ** king good fist out of it. ‘
No Time To Die was co-written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was brought on board to cast magic on the script for the 25th film in the franchise, based on Ian Fleming’s hit novels.
Daniel, who once said he’d rather ‘cut my wrists’ than play Bond again, said after filming for the new movie that he was ‘really happy’ to sign up for the last time.
But when asked if the film would be his last as the friendly secret agent, he told the German Express website, “Yes – someone else has to try.”
“It’s been incredibly hard work, as always, but it’s a huge collaboration,” he said.
Story: The 25th film in the franchise finds Bond after leaving active duty and enjoying a quiet life in Jamaica when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA shows up to ask for help
“One of the most moving things for me about finishing the film is that I’ve been working with a number of people for 30 years.”
He also suggested that working with colleagues was ‘what it was all about’, and so signing up again was partly ‘saying goodbye’ to ‘those people’.
His comments are in stark contrast to his response about re-signing in when asked in 2015, shortly before Specter’s release.
“I’d rather break this glass and cut my wrists,” he said during an interview with London magazine Time Out. ‘Were done. All I want is to move on. ‘
Role: Rami said of his character: ‘What I really wanted from Safin was to make him unsettling and consider himself heroic’
He added: ‘Safin is a formidable opponent. James Bond must adapt to that ‘
The Layer Cake star added that if he signed up again it would be just for the money. But Daniel agreed to star in the highly anticipated No Time To Die, for a reported fee of £ 18.4 million ($ 25 million).
In addition to Casino Royale, Skyfall in 2012 and Specter, Daniel also appeared in Quantum of Solace in 2008.
In Daniel’s latest project, he played the lead role as private detective Benoit Blanc in the murder mystery Knives Out.
No Time To Die opens November 12 in the UK and November 20 in the US.
Release: No Time To Die opens November 12 in the UK and November 20 in the US (pictured with Ana de Armas playing Paloma)