ng first appeared as 007 in 2006’s acclaimed, gritty Bond origin story Casino Royale, and according to Variety, he will be paid million for his efforts, with some reporting that he will also get a cut of the profits. Despite the earlier rumors that Craig was looking to exit the franchise, the 51-year-old appeared to be in good spirits at Thursday’s event.“The movies have been an event. For myself, I remember going to see them as a kid, and they were a moment. A new Bond coming out was incredibly exciting.”Much of the Main Cast is Also ReturningIn addition to Craig, many of Bond’s familiar allies are returning as well. Ralph Fiennes will reprise his role as Bond’s boss, M, having taken the role at the end of Skyfall when Judi Dench’s version of the character died. Rory Kinnear will return as Bond’s ally Tanner, while Ben Whishaw will once again play MI6’s resident inventor, Q.Léa Seydoux will reprise her role as Dr. Madeleine Swann from Spectre, and based on the trailer, her character will have a major part to play. Swann and Bond seemed like they were headed for happily ever after at the end of the previous film, but now Bond thinks she s betrayed him. Making things worse is Blofeld (once more played by Christoph Waltz), who tells Bond that she has a secret that will be the death of [him]. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Wright also makes a return to play Felix Leiter, the CIA agent who aided Bond in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Naomie Harris is back playing Moneypenny as well, but Harris wouldn’t say if the character would stick with her desk job or return to the field.“I can’t say; that’s way too much information, unfortunately,” she said at the event. “You’ll have to wait and see.”Rami Malek Headlines New Cast As the Likely VillainNew cast members include Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch, who we learned in the trailer is another 00 agent named Nomi. This is intriguing because there were already some reports that Lynch s character would take on the iconic code number after Bond s retirement, and that the film would see Bond come out of said retirement to reclaim it. That doesn t appear to be exactly the case, but Nomi does threaten to put a bullet in Bond s knee if he gets in her way.Blade Runner 2049’s Ana De Armas, who recently co-starred with Craig in Knives Out, also joins the cast, as do Dali Benssalah and Swedish-Danish actor David Dencik, who is known for dark crime dramas like Top of the Lake. Billy Magnussen also co-stars in the new film, and it’s perhaps worth noting that he worked with director Fukunaga on the Netflix limited series Maniac.Rounding out the cast is Oscar-winner Rami Malek of Mr. Robot and Bohemian Rhapsody fame. Malek plays on opera mask-wearing villain that promotional materials have identified as Safin. There are some theories that he’s actually playing an updated version of Dr. No, the titular villain of the first Bond movie. That would make a certain bit of poetic sense, as Craig’s Bond tenure began with an adaptation of the first novel, Casino Royale. Might he face off against the first film s villain to end it?Malek was unable to attend April’s event, but he sent an ominous video message: “I promise you all, I will be making sure Mr. Bond does not have an easy ride of it in this, his 25th outing,” Malek said.A word about #BOND25 from Rami Malek pic.twitter.com/CLJ5mpO9mu James Bond (@007) April 25, 2019Bond Will Return to JamaicaNot Jamaica, but you get the idea (Photo by Jay Maidment/Sony Pictures)Back in April, executive producer Barbara Broccoli revealed where the film would start.“Bond is not on active service when we start the film, so he is actually enjoying himself,” she said. “We consider Jamaica Bond’s spiritual home, and he starts his journey here.”Bond will come out of retirement when Felix Leiter comes calling, seeking Bond’s help in rescuing a kidnapped scientist which sets them on the trail of a villain with a deadly new technology. Though there was no footage, since primary shooting had yet to begin, the live stream ended with a shot of one of the sets, presumably Bond’s Jamaican villa. No Time to Die will also shoot in London, Norway (where filming has already been done), and Matera, an ancient, cliffside city in Southern Italy.Billie Eilish is Doing the New Theme SongIn mid-January of 2020, the official James Bond Twitter account announced that 18-year-old pop sensation Billie Eilish would be writing and recording the theme song for No Time to Die, making her the youngest artist to earn the distinction. Just a couple of weeks later, Eilish went on to win five Grammy awards, for Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist, also becoming the youngest ever to achieve that feat.Leading up to the 92nd Academy Awards on February 9, it was announced that Eilish would be participating in a special performance, leading many to speculate that she might debut her Bond theme song then. Though it turned out she had merely been tapped to sing a rendition of The Beatles Yesterday during the ceremony s In Memoriam segment, fans only had to wait a few more days before the James Bond Twitter account officially premiered her song, aptly titled No Time to Die, which you can listen to above.New Distributors Are On BoardNo Time to Die will be distributed in North America by MGM and overseas by MGM courtesy of Universal (note: Rotten Tomatoes is part of the Universal family). This marks a big change for the franchise — for a decade, Sony had distributed the Bond films, but its contract expired in 2015. (Note: The article originally said that MGM was distributing in the U.S. in association with Annapurna; it has since been corrected.)It Will Be Released in November of 2020After initially being scheduled for a November 8, 2019 release, and then a February 2020 premiere, and then an early April release, No Time to Die will now debut on November 12 in the UK and a handful of other international markets before opening on November 25 in the US and most of the rest of the world, reportedly due to concerns about global theater closures in the wake of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.The new release date comes just two weeks after the premiere of Marvel s Eternals and one week after the release of Godzilla vs. Kong, and puts it up against the Disney animated film Raya and the Last Dragon.If the Craig Pattern Holds, It Could Be Certified Fresh Craig s Bond films have followed a pattern on the Tomatometer: One critically lauded film in the 90s, followed by a barely Fresh film in the 60s. He kicked off with Casino Royale, his highest-rated film ever at 94%, and followed up with Quantum of Solace, which scored 65%; Skyfall was Certified Fresh at 92%, and then Spectre became Craig s lowest-scoring Bond film at 63%. It s worth noting, too, that all three of Cary Fukunaga s films as director have been Certified Fresh.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Fall TV is still in full swing this month, which means more and more shows for your viewing pleasure. While you decide which new ones to tune into, catch up on the 13 series below — all of which are Certified Fresh returnees with zombies, superheroes, and brainiacs to spare. Sorry For Your Loss 94% (Facebook Watch)What it is: Elizabeth Olsen stars as Leigh Shaw, a widow in mourning who, unable to bear living in the apartment she shared with husband, quits her job as a magazine writer and moves in with her mother. What follows is a nuanced character study of those left behind in death’s wake.Why you should watch it: It’s not easy to make a show on grief, much less sell it. But I’m Sorry for Your Loss is benefited by its thoughtful and thought-provoking scripts from playwright-turned-series creator Kit Steinkellner and nuanced, heartbreaking performances from Olsen, Janet McTeer as her mother, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi s Kelly Marie Tran as her sister. Plus, it’s perfectly timed at just 30 minutes per episode. Season 2 premiered October 1 on Facebook Watch.Where to watch: Facebook WatchCommitment: Approx. 5 hours (for the first season)Big Mouth 99% (Netflix)What it is: Co-created by Nick Kroll and featuring the voice talents of comedy heavy-hitters like John Mulaney, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, and Jenny Slate, Big Mouth is a coming-of-age series about awkward teens discovering their sexuality through the raging hormones of puberty.Why you should watch it: We’ve seen plenty of naughty comedies in the past, but none of them excavate the triumphs and traumas of pubescent adolescence quite as fearlessly or uproariously as Big Mouth. Season 3 premieres in full on October 4.Where to watch: NetflixCommitment: Approx. 10.5 hours (for the first two seasons, plus a Valentine’s Day special)Peaky Blinders 92% (Netflix)What it is: The going’s rough and tough in this BBC and Netflix co-production from creator Stephen Knight. Charting the rise of the notorious Peaky Blinders gang in post-WWI England, the long-running drama is led by a never-better Cillian Murphy as the fearless, cold-blooded leader, Tommy Shelby. Why you should watch it: Between its production design, its larger-than-life performances, and airtight writing and direction, this period series takes some big swings and lands each one. Murphy delivers as the icy Tommy, and Helen McCrory is stellar as the series’ hard-as-nails matriarch. Throw into the mix a strong, talent-heavy ensemble — including turns from the likes of Tom Hardy and Aidan Gillen — and Peaky Blinders earns its reputation as one of the best series that you just might be sleeping on. Season 5 premieres on October 4 on Netflix.Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 24 hours (for the first four seasons)Mr. Robot 94% (USA Network)What it is: This decorated, mind-teaser of a series from creator Sam Esmail is at its core the story of Elliot, played by 2018 Oscar winner Rami Malek in a role that nabbed him an Emmy for best actor after season 1. Elliot is a mentally unstable (see: socially anxious, depressed, and drug-addicted) hacktivist recruited into “fsociety” by one Mr. Robot (Christian Slater). Confused? Intrigued? Just watch it. Why you should watch it: Over the course of three seasons, Mr. Robot has made it near-impossible to look away. Few other series today make for water-cooler fare at work, but Esmail — with the help of Malek, Slater, and an impressive supporting ensemble cast — taps into the cultural consciousness with a premise as timely as it is ambitious. Its fourth and final season premieres on October 6 on USA Network.Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 24 hours (for the first three seasons)Supergirl 90% (The CW)What it is: Ever wonder what the other surviving Kryptonians (what few of them are left) are up to while Superman is out there saving the world? Well, turns out his cousin, Kara Zor-El (aka Supergirl) is up to just about the same thing. This is her story.Why you should watch it: It took until the second season for this DC Comics series to really nail down its tone on the CW with star Melissa Benoist and co., but there’s no doubt that it today ranks as one of the most formidable hour-long outings in the superhero comics-to-screen universe. Season 5 premieres on October 6 on The CW.Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 65 hours (for the first four seasons)The Walking Dead 80% (AMC)What it is: Don’t know what The Walking Dead is? You may want to check your pulse…Why you should watch it: Based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard’s post-apocalyptic premise of zombies walking the Earth and ending mankind as we know it, the acclaimed series developed by creator Frank Darabont indulges in gore and “what if” fascinations. These are characters brought to life with bone-deep precision from a stable of some of TV’s greatest talents. You just never know when your favorite will bite the dust, but that’s admittedly part of the fun, too. Tune into this season to catch Black Panther star Danai Gurira’s final outing. Season 10 premieres on October 6 on AMC.Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 98 hours (for the first nine seasons)All American 96% (The CW)What it is: Inspired by the true story of former NFL-er Spencer Paysinger, this drama series from creator April Blair follows a talented high school football player from South L.A. who’s drafted to play for Beverly Hills — and the social and professional tensions that build when two worlds collide.Why you should watch it: Hailed by the Hollywood Reporter the best new broadcast network drama of 2018, All American bears ingredients from some of our favorite teen and sports dramas of yesteryear while managing to stand out from the pack thanks to its central performances: newcomer Daniel Ezra as the recruited football star Spencer James and Taye Diggs as the NFL star-turned-Beverly Hills coach who sees a future in him. Season 2 premieres on October 7 on The CW.Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 12 hours (for the first season)The Flash 89% (The CW)What it is: Grant Gustin is crime scene investigator–turned–crime scene vigilante Barry Allen (aka the Flash), a lightning-enhanced fastest man alive. The story follows Barry’s crime-fighting adventures alongside a group of friends with their own special abilities.Why you should watch it: You don’t gain an adoring following like that of The Flash without bringing edge-of-your-seat comic-book action and suspense, lovable characters and story arcs, and pitch-perfect performances week to week. Equal parts charming and high-octane in all the right ways, this DC Comics offering keeps us coming back for more. Season 6 premieres on October 6 on The CW.Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 82 hours (for the first five seasons)Riverdale 84% (The CW)What it is: Riverdale is the latest TV adaptation of the beloved Archie comics of yore — only this time, it gets the CW treatment as a murder mystery–thriller with hot, live-action high schoolers played by KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, and Cole Sprouse. This is not your mom and dad’s Archie.Why you should watch it: We’ll say it: Riverdale ranks among the best teen dramas to come out of primetime since Gossip Girl, and it deserves the viewership and brand ubiquity to match. It’s the classic Archie we know with a heaping serving of sex appeal and a dash of True Detective. What’s not to love? Season 4 premieres on October 9 on The CW. Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 42 hours (for the first three seasons)Breaking Bad 96% (AMC)What it is: Walter White is a high school chemistry professor who, after a terminal cancer diagnosis, begins cooking and selling methamphetamine to pay off his mounting medical bills and take care of his family. With that, what starts as a compelling enough premise in Vince Gilligan’s genre-defining character study builds to become one of the greatest series ever to grace the small screen.Why you should watch it: As played by Bryan Cranston (who won a whopping five Emmys for the role), Walter White is one of the most iconic television characters of the 21st century. Meeting him mark for mark is Emmy winner Aaron Paul as his delinquent co-conspirator and cook, Jesse Pinkman. To watch the two of them play off each other while diving deeper into the underbelly of drugs and crime in New Mexico is about as good as TV gets. Binge all five groundbreaking seasons before its much-anticipated feature film bookend, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, premieres on October 11 on Netflix. Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Netflix, VuduCommitment: Approx. 46.5 hours (for all five seasons)Castle Rock 88% (Hulu)What it is: Set in the fictional, titular Maine town and drawn from the expansive works of Stephen King, this anthology series from creators Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason uses characters both classic and new to re-imagine the author’s best works for the small screen. Season 1 was largely inspired by The Shawshank Redemption, while the second outing looks to pull from Misery.Why you should watch it: With executive producers like King himself and blockbuster filmmaker J.J. Abrams at the helm, you know you’re in for some tricks along with your treats. And with Halloween right around the corner, the return of this hit horror series is sure to get you in the appropriate holiday spirit. Season 1 features standout performances from the likes of Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek, and Bill Skarsgård (himself a King-universe vet thanks to his Pennywise role in the record-breaking It films). Lizzy Caplan promises to light up the screen in season 2, which serves as something of a prequel or origin story for Misery’s demented nurse Annie Wilkes. Get a taste of the King-inspired mayhem before the new season s October 23 premiere on Hulu. Where to watch it: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 8.5 hours (for the first season)The Kominsky Method 93% (Netflix)What it is: Chuck Lorre knows TV, but we ve never seen The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men mastermind tackle something quite like The Kominsky Method, a half-hour, single-cam comedy that follows an aging acting coach and his agent in contemporary Hollywood. Both a stinging comedy on the industry’s lasting truths and a revealing, humorous look at men of a certain age, the series racked up two Golden Globes earlier this year, including Best Musical or Comedy Television Series.Why you should watch it: Few things have been more satisfying over the last few years than watching Hollywood heavy-hitters deliver career-best work on the small screen. Among them are Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin as the central Sandy Kominsky and his longtime agent and friend Norman Newlander, respectively. The pair’s rat-a-tat everyman rapport goes down easy, even when they’re not on their best behavior. Season 2 premieres on October 25 on Netflix. Where to watch it: NetflixCommitment: Approx. 4 hours (for the first season)Silicon Valley 94% (HBO)What it is: This acclaimed HBO comedy from creators John Altschuler, Mike Judge, and Dave Krinsky is the story of wunderkind coder Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) as he and partner Erlich Bachman (T.J. Miller) struggle to get their startup off the ground during Northern California’s tech boom.Why you should watch it: Few shows pack as many laughs-per-episode as Silicon Valley. Through its hilarious portrayal of a company on the rise, it also taps into the real-world “brotopia” of the West Coast’s tech industry in more than just name with an assortment of memorable (and in the case of Middleditch, Emmy-nominated) performances across the board. Its sixth and final season premieres on October 27 on HBO.Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNow, Google Play, HBO Now, Microsoft, VuduCommitment: Approx. 23 hours (for the first five seasons)Like this? 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