THE NEXT James Bond blockbuster will see the secret agent’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 in one of its most high octane action sequences to date, according to the latest 007 movie trailer.
In the opening sequence of the first official trailer for No Time to Die, Daniel Craig’s James Bond is depicted hustling the famous classic through the streets and plaza of Matera in Italy, with the presumed baddies hot on the agent’s heels on a motorbike and in a sinister-looking black Jaguar XF saloon.
It appears Bond’s quartermaster Q did more than simply restore the Aston after it was spectacularly destroyed by a helicopter gunship in Skyfall, too. Towards the end of the trailer, when the henchmen surround the sports car and begin blasting away at it with machine guns, Bond fights back with the DB5’s new party piece: a pair of gatling guns tucked behind the retractable headlights.
Q seemingly installed more than just military-grade firearms as well, as the Aston’s windows and bodywork do an impressive job at resisting all of the bullets being fired at them. We won’t know until No Time to Die arrives in cinemas, though, whether those features and any other gadgets Q has fitted will be enough to ensure the DB5 survives until the end credits.
We definitely know the film’s car chase action isn’t limited to the Aston sequence in Italy. At the two minutes, six seconds mark in the trailer, a Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR high performance SUV is seen hurtling through the air, after colliding with a rocky outcrop while being pursued on an off-road trail by a Toyota Land Cruiser. It’s unclear, though, whether Bond is behind the wheel of the Range Rover as it flies through the air.
The DB5 isn’t the only Aston Martin to be featured in the No Time to Die trailer. MI6’s new “00” agent Nomi (played by Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch) is shown behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera grand tourer, and Bond is briefly seen pulling the covers off a classic V8 Vantage akin to the one featured in the 1987 007 film The Living Daylights.
Interestingly, there’s no sign of the Aston Martin Valhalla anywhere in the first No Time to Die, even though we’ve known since June 2019 the hybrid hypercar will be featured in the film.
While the Valhalla is being kept under wraps for now, the trailer does confirm several familiar faces will be present in No Time to Die. Ben Whishaw and Ralph Feinnes will be reprising their roles as Q and MI6 head M respectively, with Naomie Harris returning as Eve Moneypenny. Léa Seydoux is also back as Bond’s love interest from Spectre, Dr Madeleine Swann, with the trailer suggesting the character will defy typical conventions for a ‘Bond girl’ and have an extremely pivotal part to play in the storyline.
Even though Christoph Waltz is returning from Spectre too as Bond’s nemesis Blofeld, he won’t be playing the arch villain in No Time to Die. That honour instead belongs to Rami Malek, best known for playing Freddie Mercury in last year’s Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, who will return to the big screen with a considerably more sinister performance as 007’s new enigmatic adversary Safin.
While the promo campaign for No Time to Die is now underway, it’ll be a while longer before the film arrives in theatres, as the new James Bond blockbuster is scheduled to debut in cinemas sometime in April 2020.