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No time for Bond?


By Tom Ramage

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As Badenoch waits again to see itself on the latest Bond epic "No Time To Die" after two Covid push-backs, news comes that even if the film does open in April fans will have to wait even longer to see their hero.

Helicopters filming scenes for the new James Bond movie in Badench.The helicopter on the left is filming the one on the right....pic Peter Jolly
Helicopters filming scenes for the new James Bond movie in Badench.The helicopter on the left is filming the one on the right....pic Peter Jolly

Insiders report today that the film will not feature the spy in its pre-credits action – for the first time in half a century.

From the gun-barrel sequences of Sean Connery, the James Bond franchise has featured all kinds of motifs in nearly all of the 24 films, but Cary Fukunaga's upcoming work will buck tradition.

When audiences sit down to watch the film and enjoy the sensational shots filmed around Loch Laggan and Ardverikie Estate, they will be treated to a pre-title sequence that won't feature James Bond (Daniel Craig) at all, a first for the franchise.

Film crew prepeare to shoot a car chase scene for the new James Bond Movie on the Ardverikie Estate. Pic Peter Jolly
Film crew prepeare to shoot a car chase scene for the new James Bond Movie on the Ardverikie Estate. Pic Peter Jolly

Whether he is walking through the streets of Mexico's Day of the Dead festival or involved in an epic car chase, nearly every Bond film has previously featured 007 in action before the credits roll.

But No Time To Die will break with that time-honoured tradition by not featuring Bond in the opening scenes for the first time since 1973's Live And Let Die.

Daniel Craig has teased Badenoch before: as the Strathy reported at the time, during the filming of Skyfall the company came within a signature of booking Alvie Estate for its big finish, before deciding to go to the west of Scotland.



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