James Bond is one of film’s most iconic characters, and the franchise still manages to surprise us after five decades of spy movies. Admittedly, the general formula hasn’t changed too much. Bond is super cool, romances a dame or two (or more), uses some kick-ass new spy inventions, drives a badass car, battles a dangerous villain before defeating him, and walking off with the girl.
But the next Bond movie, “No Time to Die”, will have Bond in a predicament we’ve never seen him in before in nearly 60 years of movies: he is a dad. The Daily Mail broke the story Sunday that the new Bond movie, which will hit theaters in November (the original April release was scrapped because of some dumb global pandemic or something), will have James learning he’s a dad to a five-year-old daughter. That’s right; the new Bond girl is a preschooler.
According to a leaked script, the movie will show a softer side of Daniel Craig’s Bond. Craig’s final Bond movie will show the spy adjusting to life as a dad to the daughter he has with past Bond love-interest Lea Seydoux’s Dr. Madeline Swann. The article’s source said Craig wanted to make his final Bond movie the most surprising and entertaining yet, and this is one side of Bond we’ve never seen. The film will involve his looking at life through the prism of fatherhood, and somehow he gets pulled out of his idyllic retirement to fight some bad guys and save the world (or something).
“No Time To Die” is set five years after the last movie, “Spectre”, which was the one where he met and romanced Seydoux’s Swann. While the dad parts of Bond will probably be poignant and entertaining, the screenwriters could’ve made it really funny. Who wouldn’t want to watch a James Bond movie where literally one-quarter of it is him trying to fit a car seat into the back of his tricked out Aston Martin. Who wouldn’t want to see a Bond film where he tries to suavely introduce himself, only to throw in a Dad joke instead? Where he’s shaking a bottle instead of a martini? Where one of his biggest fights isn’t with a group of ruthless henchmen, but with a five-year-old throwing a temper tantrum because she wants more screen time? Or maybe a Bond where his biggest frustration is having to cook chicken nuggets every single night because his kid is a picky eater?
While it’s a new look for an old character, it’s not the main driving point of the new film, reportedly. So it’s not exactly spoiler territory, even though it’s mainly been rumored up to this point.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 7, 2020
We still have half a year before we all finally get to meet Bond, Dad Bond.