Daniel Craig’s ‘No Time to Die’ to hit Philippine cinemas on Dec. 15

Published November 10, 2021, 3:34 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

With the upcoming reopening of cinemas and movie houses in the Philippines, Universal Pictures International PH will release Daniel Craig’s James Bond film “No Time to Die” on Dec. 15.

Craig is back for his fifth and final outing, bringing to a close a journey that has introduced the world to a new, modern Bond.

Daniel Craig in “No Time to Die” (UPI PH)

For all his excellence in certain fields, Craig’s Bond is not infallible. He is not the hero of myth and legend; he has much to learn. Bond is a multifaceted hero, a man whose success is tempered by occasional failures. He is a mixture of the light and the dark; if he delivers a pithy one-liner, it is often shrouded in menace.

“I started it like that with Casino,” said Craig. “That was how we went in and that was a lot of what defined the way I have played this wonderful character. I wanted Bond to look like a killer and I wanted him to behave like a killer because that’s what he is, an assassin; that’s what he was written as. But I wanted a modern take on that.”

In “No Time To Die,” Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Where once the James Bond films played as separate adventures, linked by characters both malevolent and benign, EON Productions wanted the Daniel Craig series to unfold as a unified whole.

“Quantum of Solace” (2008) picked up immediately after “Casino Royale” (2006), which had tracked Bond’s initiation into the life of a double-O agent. “Skyfall” (2012) slotted into the series to reveal important aspects of Bond’s early life.

Now, the 25th film in the EON series, “No Time To Die,” begins in the aftermath of “Spectre” (2015) where the film’s conclusion saw Bond and Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) drive away in the Aston Martin DB5.

“No Time To Die” proved an emotional project for all of those involved, especially for Craig himself.

“When I stop and think about what we have achieved over five movies, it’s really very emotional; it’s been nearly 15 years of my life,” he said.

He added, “And I felt with ‘No Time To Die’ there was a story to finish off and lots of loose ends that we needed to tie up. I feel we’ve done that. I’m immensely proud of it and I am immensely proud of the huge collective effort that goes into making a Bond movie. Being just a small part of that has been an honor.”

“No Time to Die” is directed by Cary Fukunaga starring Craig along with Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes and Wright.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has allowed the reopening of cinemas and movie houses in areas under Alert Level 2 (maximum of 50 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and those below 18 years of age, even if unvaccinated) and Alert Level 3 (maximum of 30 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals only).

From Universal Pictures International PH, distributed by Warner Bros., “No Time To Die” (Rated PG) opens Dec. 15 in Philippine cinemas.