We’ve been expecting you, Mr Bond… for an awfully long while.
But after more than 18 months of delays, the final trailer for Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007 has finally arrived – all guns blazing.
Aptly, the teaser footage for No Time To Die – which confirms its cinema release date as September 30 – begins with the words: ‘The wait is over.’
Action-packed: The final trailer for the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die debuted online on Tuesday (pictured: Daniel Craig as 007)
Craig, 53, is seen coming face-to-face with captured nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by Christoph Waltz.
It appears that the old foes may even be forced to form an uneasy alliance. ‘James, fate draws us back together. Now your enemy is my enemy,’ says Blofeld. ‘How did that happen?’
Bond replies with his trademark smirk: ‘Well, you live long enough.’
Long-awaited: Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007 is now scheduled for release in one month’s time after being repeatedly delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic
Betrayal? No Time To Die picks up after 2015’s Spectre, with the loyalty of love interest Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) now seemingly called into question
Confusion: In the footage, Bond is interrogated at MI6’s London HQ on whether his beau is one of the enemy, to which he darkly replies: ‘I don’t know her at all.’
Mind games? 007 is told by the film’s villain Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) of Madeleine’s alleged betrayal: ‘When her secret finds its way out… it’ll be the death of you’
The high-octane trailer shows Bond staking out the enemy with an assault rifle, firing the famous machine gun turrets on his Aston Martin and soaring through the skies in a plane piloted by female double-0 agent Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch.
Cuban star Ana de Armas, as CIA operative Paloma, is also seen high-kicking an attacker.
The main villain in Craig’s fifth appearance as Bond is Safin, played by Oscar-winner Rami Malek – complete with facial scars and an unsettling white mask.
Facing his demons: Continuing his attempted manipulation of the world famous spy, Blofeld then tells Bond they’re not as different as he thinks
Mission: Meanwhile, Bond tells his MI6 team: ‘If we don’t do this there’ll be nothing left to save,’ as they fearlessly scale buildings and fire machine guns
Plot: In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica before the CIA ask him for help
‘We both eradicate people to make the world a better place,’ Safin purrs to Bond at one point. ‘I just want to be a little tidier.’
Secrecy also surrounds 007’s love interest Madeleine Swann, played by Lea Seydoux, after the couple escaped together at the end of 2015’s Spectre.
Holding a mysterious folder, she warns Bond: ‘You don’t know what this is?’ – and he looks uncharacteristically nervous. Bond is later seen burning a note reading ‘forgive me’.
All steam ahead: The new trailer comes after MGM film chief Michael De Luca assured fans earlier this month that they would not be postponing the film’s release
Paloma (Ana De Armas) in Cuba in No Time To Die
The high-octane trailer shows Bond soaring through the skies in a plane piloted by double-0 agent Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch (pictured)
Fittingly for a production delayed by the Covid pandemic, the tone seems grim and apocalyptic.
‘If we don’t do this,’ Bond growls at the end of the trailer, ‘there will be nothing left to save.’
Fans only have to wait until the end of this month to see if their hero – as is traditional – saves the world and gets the girl.
The world premiere takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on September 28.
Appearance: A message on the film’s official Twitter account announced the world premiere of No Time To Die will take place on September 28 at the Royal Albert Hall in London
Franchise: No Time To Die was the first major film to fall victim to the pandemic when its April 2020 release was pushed to November as the virus swept the globe
Ending: The new release will be Craig’s final outing as the spy after landing the role for 2006’s Casino Royale. He has also starred in Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre