Daniel Craig is set to find himself surrounding by a bevy of leading ladies in his fifth and final outing as 007, with the actor joined in the cast of No Time To Die by the returning Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann) and Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Captain Marvel actress Lashana Lynch as MI-6’s new 007, and Knives Out star Ana de Armas as the mysterious character Paloma.
Details on de Armas’ Paloma are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being, but speaking to The Los Angeles Times, the Cuban actress has revealed that her character is not a typical ‘Bond Girl’ – i.e. a damsel in distress or femme fatale.
“I wouldn’t say she’s ordinary, because when she needs to perform her job, she does,” states de Armas. “But [she] is flawed. She says what she feels, she’s nervous, she’s scared. It’s human. When I read it, I was like, ‘Oh, wait – I can be a Bond girl. I’m that. I’m that messy.’ That’s what felt so attractive, on top of what she’s actually doing in the story, which is another step toward giving women a more powerful and strong place in the films.”
Perhaps we’ll get some indication of how de Armas’ Paloma will figure into No Time To Die next week, with a first teaser trailer for Bond’s 25th official adventure rumoured to be arriving online on December 4th/December 5th.
Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
No Time To Die is set for release in the UK on April 2nd 2020 and in the U.S. on April 8th 2020 and stars Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Ben Whishaw (Q), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter) and Christoph Waltz (Blofeld), while new additions include Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), Billy Magnussen (Velvet Buzzsaw), Dali Benssalah (A Faithful Man) and David Dencik (Top of the Lake).
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