November 2019 was the original date set for the release of James Bond’s 25th movie, No Time To Die, parts of which were filmed in Jamaica. However, the date was pushed back to February 2020 and now it has been shifted again for what seems to be the final time, to April 2020.
It has been announced that No Time to Die will open in the UK on April 3 and in the US on April 8, 2020.
So come Easter next year, Jamaicans should be able to see another action-packed James Bond film, knowing Jamaica was featured in several scenes (shot in Port Antonio) in this movie, much as it did in Live And Let Die, the 1973 James Bond movie that starred the late Roger Moore, who died in 2017.
Parts of that film were shot on location in Falmouth, including the crocodile farm, Swamp Safari.
This latest James Bond flick stars Daniel Craig, who is now in his fifth Bond film, following Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre in 2015.
Of course, Jamaica’s indelible link to James Bond is the fact that the creator and original author Ian Fleming, wrote the Bond stories while he was living at his home, Goldeneye, in Oracabessa, St Mary, having moved to Jamaica from the UK after the Second World War.
Scenes for this latest Bond movie were shot in Jamaica, Norway, UK, Italy and at Pinewood Studios in the USA, where filming ended October 25.
The movie, with a budget of US$250 million, is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and produced by Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. It stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright. The movie also includes Rory Kinnear, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, and David Dencik.
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Daniel Craig, fifth left, with actors and film executives, at Goldeneye, Oracabessa, St Mary in April 2019, days before filming began in Jamaica. Pictured here are, from left, Michael G Wilson – producer, Lea Seydoux, Cary Joji Fukunaga, director, Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Lashana Lynch, and Barbara Broccoli, producer.