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Development of the film began and was confirmed in 2016. It will be the first film in the series to be internationally distributed by Universal Pictures, which acquired the rights following the expiration of Columbia Pictures' contract after the release of Spectre. In the United States, United Artists Releasing holds the rights, including worldwide digital and television rights. Universal will also release the film on physical home media worldwide.Danny Boyle was originally attached to direct and co-write the screenplay with John Hodge. Both left due to creative differences in August 2018 and Fukunaga was announced as Boyle's replacement a month later. The majority of the cast had signed on by April 2019. Principal photography lasted from April to October 2019 under the working title of Bond 25. The official title was announced to be No Time to Die in August 2019.
No Time to Die will have its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 31 March 2020, followed by its theatrical release globally from 2 April 2020 in the United Kingdom and on 10 April 2020 in the United States.
Some time after the capture of Ernst Stavro Blofeld,[a] James Bond has left active service. He is approached by Felix Leiter, his friend and a CIA officer, who enlists his help in the search for Valdo Obruchev, a missing scientist. When it becomes apparent that Obruchev was abducted, Bond must confront a danger the likes of which the world has never seen before.
Rami Malek as Safin, an adversary of Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli described the character as "the one that really gets under Bond's skin. He's a nasty piece of work." Malek described the character as someone who considers "himself as a hero almost in the same way that Bond is a hero".
In February 2018, Danny Boyle was established as a frontrunner for the directing position. Boyle's original pitch to Broccoli and Wilson saw John Hodge writing a screenplay based on Boyle's idea, with Purvis and Wade's version scrapped. Hodge's draft was greenlit and Boyle was confirmed to helm the film with a production start date of December 2018. However, Boyle and Hodge left the production in August 2018 due to creative differences. During Boyle's time as director, a leaked casting sheet described the male leading role as a "cold and charismatic Russian" and the female leading role as a "witty and skillful survivor". Production also sought male supporting roles of M?ori descent with "advanced combat skills". It was reported at the time that Boyle's exit was due to the casting of Tomasz Kot as the lead villain; however, Boyle later confirmed the dispute was over the script.
Following Boyle's departure, the film's release date became contingent on whether the studio could find a replacement within sixty days.Cary Joji Fukunaga was announced as the new director in September 2018. Fukunaga became the first American in the history of the series to direct an Eon ProductionsBond film and the first director to receive a writing credit for any version.[b] Fukunaga was previously considered for Spectre before Mendes was brought back after Skyfall. Regardless, Fukunaga had expressed an interest to Broccoli and Wilson about directing a future Bond film.Linus Sandgren was hired as cinematographer in December 2018.
Purvis and Wade were brought back to start working on a new script with Fukunaga in September 2018.Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace screenwriter Paul Haggis turned in an uncredited rewrite in November 2018, with Scott Z. Burns doing the same in February 2019. At Craig's request, Fleabag and Killing Eve writer and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge provided a script polish in April 2019. Waller-Bridge was hired to revise dialogue, work on character development and add humour to the script. Waller-Bridge is the second female screenwriter credited with writing a Bond film after Johanna Harwood co-wrote Dr. No and From Russia with Love.[c] At the Bond 25 launch event, regarding the Me Too movement, Barbara Broccoli said that Bond's attitude towards women would move with the times and the films should reflect that. In a separate interview, Waller-Bridge argued that Bond was still relevant and that "he needs to be true to this character", instead suggesting that it was the films which had to grow and evolve, emphasising "the important thing is that the film treats the women properly".
After Spectre, there was speculation that it was Daniel Craig's final Bond film. Immediately after the film's release, Craig had complained about the rigours of performing the part, saying he would rather "slash [his] wrists" than play Bond again. In May 2016, it was reported that Craig had received a $100 million offer from MGM to do two more Bond films, but turned it down, suggesting that Spectre may have been his last. In October 2016, Craig denied having made a decision but praised his time in the role, describing it as "the best job in the world doing Bond". He further denied that $150 million was offered to him for the next two instalments. In August 2017, Craig confirmed that the upcoming film will mark his final appearance as Bond on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He reiterated his position in November 2019. With Craig's departure, Broccoli said that No Time to Die would wrap up several loose narrative threads from the previous Craig Bond films, and "come to an emotionally satisfying conclusion".
Rami Malek plays Safin, a villain described as "a nasty piece of work".
It was reported that Christoph Waltz had signed on to return as Ernst Stavro Blofeld for further Bond films on condition that Craig returned. Despite Craig's definite casting as Bond, Waltz announced in October 2017 that he would not return as Blofeld.
Waltz's casting as Blofeld was not announced at the press launch but was officially revealed in the film's trailer in December 2019.
Production was scheduled to begin on 3 December 2018 at Pinewood Studios, but filming was delayed until April 2019 after the departure of Boyle as director. The film is the first in the series to have sequences shot with 65mm IMAX film cameras. Fukunaga and Sandgren pushed for using film over digital to enhance the look of the film.
Filming locations included Italy, Jamaica, Norway and London, in addition to Pinewood Studios. In addition scenes were filmed in the Faroe Islands in late September 2019. Production commenced in Nittedal, Norway, with the second unit capturing scenes at a frozen lake. Principal photography officially began on 28 April 2019 in Port Antonio, Jamaica.[better source needed] Daniel Craig sustained an ankle injury in May whilst filming in Jamaica and subsequently underwent minor surgery. Production was further interrupted when a controlled explosion damaged the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios and left a crew member with minor injuries. Production returned to Norway in June 2019 to shoot a driving sequence along the Atlantic Ocean Road featuring an Aston Martin V8 Vantage.Aston Martin also confirmed that the DB5, DBS Superleggera and Valhalla models would feature in the film.
Production then returned to the United Kingdom in late June. Scenes featuring Craig, Fiennes, Harris and Kinnear were filmed around London, including Whitehall and Hammersmith., and filming took place in July in the town of Aviemore and in the surrounding Cairngorms National Park area  where temporary accommodation units were constructed in a car park in the town for the production crew of around 300. Some scenes were also captured at the Ardverikie House Estate and on the banks of Loch Laggan, just outside the park. There was further filming at Buttersteep Forest, Ascot, during August 2019.
The second unit moved to southern Italy in late August, where they began to shoot a chase sequence involving an Aston Martin DB5 through the streets of Matera. The main unit, Craig and Seydoux arrived in early September to film scenes inside several production-built sets, as well as further sequences in Maratea and Gravina in Puglia.
Between 8 and 25 September, some scenes were shot in the town of Sapri in southern Italy, including the town's "midnight canal" and railway station. The name of the city has been changed to "Civita Lucana" for the film.
Principal photography wrapped on 25 October 2019 at Pinewood Studios. Further pick-up shots at Pinewood were confirmed by Fukunaga on 20 December 2019.
In July 2019, Dan Romer was announced as composer for the film's score having previously scored Fukanaga's Beasts of No Nation and Maniac. Romer left the film due to creative differences in November 2019. His replacement was announced as Hans Zimmer in January 2020. It is the first time in the Bond series history that a composer has been replaced during post-production and the second major personnel change for the film after Boyle left as director. Steve Mazzaro produced the score and Johnny Marr provided guitar. The No Time to Die score album will be released through Decca Records on 27 March 2020.
In January 2020, Billie Eilish was announced as the performer of the film's theme song. Eilish is credited as co-writer with her brother, the track's producer, Finneas O'Connell. The song, also titled "No Time to Die", was released on 13 February 2020. At the age of eighteen, Eilish is the youngest artist to record a Bond film title track.
The release for No Time to Die was originally scheduled for November 2019, but was pushed back to February 2020, and then to April 2020 after Boyle's departure. The film's theatrical release date was confirmed as globally from 2 April 2020 in the United Kingdom and on 10 April 2020 in the United States. The film's premiere in China and a countrywide publicity tour had been planned for April 2020, but these were cancelled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.