FILE PHOTO: Actor Daniel Craig arrives for the royal world premiere of the new 007 film “Skyfall” at the Royal Albert Hall in London October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hackett/File Photo
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The new James Bond film finally has a title – “No Time to Die” – and an April 2020 release date, producers announced on Tuesday.
“Daniel Craig returns as James Bond, 007 in… NO TIME TO DIE. Out in the UK on 3 April 2020 and 8 April 2020 in the US,” according to a brief posting on the official 007 Twitter account.
Filming for the new movie, previously known only as Bond 25, got under way in Jamaica in April when producers announced that Oscar winner Rami Malek will play the villain in latest entry in lucrative British spy franchise.
Craig confirmed in 2017 that he would return for a fifth time as secret agent 007.
Producers said on Tuesday that the new film would see Bond enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service before an old friend, Felix Leiter, from the CIA turns up asking for help.
Bond embarks on a mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist, which puts him on the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology, they added.
“No Time to Die” was initially expected to arrive in movie theaters in November 2019 but that date was pushed back to 2020 after Britain’s Danny Boyle pulled out as director and was replaced by American Cary Joji Fukunaga.
The film is also being shot in London, Italy and Norway and actors reprising their roles will include Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q.
The Bond franchise is one of the movie world’s most lucrative with 2015’s “Spectre” raking in $880 million at the box office worldwide, while “Skyfall” in 2012 grossed more than $1 billion globally.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Nick Zieminski