Will Daniel Craig‘s final outing as 007 clock in at close to three hours?
The name’s Bond, James Bond. That simple line is one of the most famous in cinematic history. And it will once again be uttered in the upcoming new 007 Flick, ‘No Time To Die‘, the 25th Bond film and the fifth and final time Daniel Craig will play the role of the world’s least secret, secret agent. I for one will miss Craig when he hangs up his tuxedo as he has brought a great sense of steel to the role. And if the rumours are to be believed, they are giving him a VERY long send-off.
Reportedly, the film is going to be the longest Bond film of them all. The US cinema chain, Regal alongside Pathe Netherlands have the film listed down as having a running time of 163 minutes. That’s two hours and forty-three minutes of 007 action if the reports are true. This makes it the longest Bond film there has ever been for Daniel Craig’s swansong as the character. Which is quite funny if you remember that Craig’s second outing as Bond, ‘Quantum Of Solace‘ has the shortest runtime of any Bond film with a lowly 106 minutes.
Now, I’m really up for almost three hours of James Bond in a single movie. The world is becoming quite used to these blockbusters having a mammoth running time these days as shown by the box office success of ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ and such like. If Iron Man and company can occupy the attention of the audience for three hours then Bond will most certainly command the same level. It won’t reach the heights financially of the Marvel comic-book heroes but will still be able to pull in the crowds nonetheless. The downside is that such a running time if proven to be correct, limits the number of showings that the film can have per day. But then again, it didn’t hurt the Avengers last summer.
It has been confirmed that the events of the film take place five years after the climax of the last film, ‘Spectre‘ and as such, will see Bond as an afterthought in the world of espionage before he is dragged back into the murky world of the British Secret Service. Joining Craig in the film is Oscar-Winner Rami Malek as the villain, Safin, Lea Seydoux reprising her role as Dr Madeleine Swan, Lashana Lynch as Nomi, a new ’00’ agent who has replaced Bond, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny, Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter, Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, Ana De Armas as Paloma and Ralph Fiennes as M.
‘No Time To Die‘ (Or No Time To Use The Bathroom) opens in the United Kingdom on April 2nd and the United States on April 10th.
Until next time.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!