James Bond is back. And even better, he is the producer of Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Always back as Wilson: on the big screen.
At the world premiere of “No Time to Die” at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Tuesday, Daniel Craig led the uncertainty about where the franchise would go after 15 years or even the acquisition of Amazon’s 8 8.55 billion bond studio MGM. Going to play, didn’t seem important at all.
Fifteen months after its original April 2020 release date, a Bond movie world premiere could be expected in Britain, surrounded by all Union Jack, Brass Band and Royal Armed Forces soldiers, Wilson said it best on the red carpet: “The wait was terrible, but we finally I’m here. “
In fact, even in an epidemic that brought the exhibition sector to its knees, Bond’s custodians did not break down, but rather dug up their heels and promised to release a theater. On stage, Wilson thanked studio partners MGM and Universal for “ensuring the film’s release.”
“We’re delighted with the way the 25th Bond film was intended to be shown, and shot on the big screen,” said director Carrie Joji Fukunaga, before introducing 11 members of the cast, including Craig and Leah Sedaux. Lashana Lynch and Rami Malek.
Craig, in a shiny velvet pink blazer, put his finishing touches on Bond’s caretaker ব্যক্তি the man who helped humanize the hard-nosed spy. Brief: “Look where we are. Look at this, look at us! He later commented that the film was dedicated to frontline health workers in the UK, thanks to Wilson and Broccoli.
Inside the one-and-a-half-year-old auditorium, 1,000,000 people তাদের one of their main staff-gathered around members of the royal family. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, sat in the royal box with her father and stepmother: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles. (Judging by the perpetual smile on Prince William’s face, he joked with Craig and other stars on a royal presentation line before the premiere, which is clearly one of the main advantages of the work.)
Sitting inside the auditorium felt, at times, uncomfortable rushing for a movie with a runtime of 163 minutes, had strict COVID protocols for everyone present and was only allowed entry with evidence of a negative lateral flow test or PCR test taken within 48 hours.
In a note of participants sent earlier this week, Eon Productions, MGM and Universal said, “We acknowledge that this will be the first public event for some of you to attend for more than a year, but please assure us that we are at Royal Albert Hall. And we have worked closely with our suppliers and taken several measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable evening together.
With such reassurance, a few people were annoyed to wear masks during the screening and dug heartily into the “James Bond Dry Martini” popcorn placed on top of each seat.
One delicious, action-packed set piece after another from the long-awaited feature’s glossy opening sequence will no doubt polarize fans, a bombardment ending that will confirm the conversation around James Bond’s future stamp straight up to 2022, while Brockley’s team says The discussion will start with the successor.
And, indeed, as a flashy title card that promised quick post credits: “James Bond will be back.” Of course, not as a woman, as Brockley made quite clear this week, but in a new world where the brand’s studio home is owned by a Silicon Valley company and where the identity of its next warden will be more closely verified than before Bond’s 58-year history.