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No Time To Die trailer: Rami Malek seen for first time in new Bond

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Has there ever been more hype and anticipation surrounding a James Bond return?

It's been more than four years since Spectre, with Daniel Craig returning for one final hurrah after previously saying he wanted to "move on" from the franchise, and the world's favourite secret agent is under more scrutiny than ever.

There was Danny Boyle's highly publicised departure as director, the release date being postponed, much speculation about a female 007 and, of course, Phoebe Waller-Bridge being called in to add humour to the script and help make Bond more relevant in the #MeToo era.

Image: Daniel Craig's last outing as James Bond is finally here. Pic: Universal Pictures

On Monday, the trailer for the trailer was released, because yes, that's what happens now. Just 14 seconds of classic Bond – shoot-outs, a motorbike chase and a mysterious figure – but it was enough to send the internet into meltdown.

The character posters came on Tuesday and now, finally we have the full trailer: two minutes and 32 seconds of the new Bond for 2020.

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Here are some talking points from the trailer:

Car chases will, of course, feature in the new film. Pic: MGM
Image: Car chases will, of course, feature in the new film. Pic: MGM

There's a lot of action

Would No Time To Die tone it down? From the looks of the trailer, the answer is no. There's a heart-in-mouth viaduct jump, motorbike stunts, an Aston Martin souped-up with its own guns and a shoot-out involving Ana de Armas' Paloma dressed in an evening gown.

We may have last seen Bond heading for retirement, but he's very much back. His mission is to rescue a kidnapped scientist which, in true Bond style, turns out to be far more treacherous than expected.

Safin (Rami Malek) in James Bond: No Time To Die
Image: The trailer shows Rami Malek in action as baddie Safin for the first time. Pic: Universal Pictures

First proper look at Rami Malek's baddie

Few details have been released about Malek's role, but there is a lot of expectation following his Oscar win for Bohemian Rhapsody earlier this year. We got to see his character, Safin, looking suitably sinister in the poster pictures released earlier this week, but the full trailer gives the first opportunity to see him in action.

What does it tell us? Well, in true Bond style, they're keeping it all very mysterious, but we can see his face is scarred, and that he may wear a mask. There's also a mysterious figure that appears behind a glass door, who we saw in the teaser trailer – could this be a masked Safin?

"Your skills die with your body," the baddie tells Bond. "Mine will survive long after I've gone."

James Bond (Daniel Craig) visits Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) in his prison cell in No Time To Die
Image: We also get a brief glimpse of Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) in the trailer. Pic: Universal Pictures

Does the script treat its Bond girls "properly"?

When Waller-Bridge was signed up, she said in an interview that Bond was "absolutely" still relevant and that he needs to stay true to his character – including his treatment of women.

What needed to be ensured, she said, was that the film treated the female characters properly. Which brings us to…

Nomi (Lashana Lynch) is ready for action in Cuba in James Bond: No Time To Die
Image: Could Nomi be the new 007? Pic: Universal Pictures

Is Lashana Lynch the new 007?

Newcomer Lynch, who plays a character called Nomi, was touted as the new 007 following reports earlier this year. Not the new Bond, obviously, but would she be taking over his agent number?

We have already been told that Bond is not on active service at the start of the film and indeed, we see a yacht scene and the agent sunning himself in Jamaica.

Suitably tooled in her character poster, the trailer confirms that Nomi most definitely is a double-oh agent. "Are you a 00?" we hear Bond ask her. "Two years," is the reply. But is she 007? "The world has moved on," she tells him. "So stay in your lanRead More – Source