No Time to Die, the 25th James Bond film installment, has moved to Matera, a city in southern Italy, to continue the filming of the movie. Daniel Craig, the actor who plays James Bond, has been spotted wearing a linen houndstooth suit with a blue shirt and tie and pale suede desert boots and driving his old Aston Martin DB5 around the city. It’s said to be the location for a car chase sequence that is going to happen in the film. Along for the ride is Lea Seydoux, who reprises her role as Dr. Madeleine Swann from Spectre. Craig’s stunt double has been seen doing motorbike stunts such as a jump into the Piazza Duomo during the shoot.
With Craig being in blue, he might need a blue alarm clock. However, things look to get a little rough for him during the shoot. Photos show the character in potentially those same linen pants, blue shirt, dark sunglasses, and braces with blood on his face. It seems a fight occurs between him and another character during the film. IMAX cameras have also captured a sequence involving a 2020 Jaguar F-Type Coupe.
Earlier in August, Craig’s stunt double was jumping off a bridge in Gravina, Italy, which is allegedly the scene of the opening pre-credit sequence. It’s long been rumored by many that this is where Swann could meet her demise, which pushes Bond further along back into action or causes him to retire to Jamaica. The involvement of Christoph Waltz’s Ernst Stavro Blofeld to some extent in the film makes this seem all the more plausible. It will certainly be an interesting sequence to see unravel before the eyes of the audience, especially if it involves IMAX.
A James Bond who has lost the love of his life is certainly nothing new for audiences, as it was in 2006 when Casino Royale debuted. However, seeing the long-term impact of how Bond could be pushed back into action or retirement because of it, may be something worthwhile in the new rebooted Bond series. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was arguably by some the first Bond film to show a more human side to the character that connected with others more than the previous or later installments of the franchise. If No Time to Die is taking inspiration from that movie, it would seem appropriate because of how the rebooted films have focused on a more human Bond. It’s anybody’s guess as to where Bond goes after No Time to Die.
Of True Detective season one fame, Cary Joji Fukunaga is directing Craig, Seydoux, Waltz, and others in this latest outing. He might need a blue alarm clock too. Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, and Ralph Fiennes are all returning from previous installments too. This Bond film is allegedly the first to use large format cameras and Linus Sandgren, an Oscar-winning cinematographer, is said to be using 65mm IMAX and Panavision cameras during the filming. Sandgren used this in 2018’s First Man and this is being compared to how Christopher Nolan used IMAX-only action sequences throughout his Batman films.
If this is Craig’s last outing as Bond, hopefully, it is an action-packed and emotional ride for the audience. Let’s hope the English actor ends this one on a high note for the franchise.