Seems like James Bond will actually have plenty of time to die. According to a report from Regal Movies, the runtime of the next 007 film — No Time To Die — will be a whopping 163 minutes. That’s 2 hours, and 43 minutes long, making the forthcoming Bond movie easily the longest in the franchise.
Right now, it’s unclear if 163 minutes is the final runtime for No Time To Die (these things can change) but, if this sticks, Daniel Craig’s exit from the franchise promises to take its sweet time. Will Bond be walking in slow-motion in front of that gun barrel for 20 minutes? Will half the movie be devoted to his retirement in Jamaica? Could they somehow stick a slapstick rom-com in the middle of the movie? Maybe!
Unlike previous eras of Bond movies, Daniel Craig’s tenure has built a lot of connective tissue between films. Quantum of Solace was a direct sequel to Casino Royale that began minutes after that film ended. After that, Skyfall and Spectre both built upon that mythology, with threads of the previous films baked into their plots. (For example, in Spectre, we learned Blofeld was partially responsible for manipulating Vesper in Casino Royale.)
This makes No Time To Die, in some ways, the culmination of a pentalogy. Nearly every supporting player from the previous films — from Jeffrey Wright to Léa Seydoux to Christoph Waltz — is back for No Time To Die, which means, simply from a character perspective, that the movie has a lot of ground to cover. On top of that, there’s a rumor that Rami Malek is playing a rebooted version of Dr. No, the titular villain of the very first Bond movie ever, back when Sean Connery was playing 007.
So when you factor all that in, along with the fact that we need at least a few scenes of Bond drinking martinis, No Time To Die could easily have three hours worth of material. Let’s just hope Cary Joji Fukunaga leaves Bond’s afternoon nap on the cutting room floor.
No Time To Die hits theaters on April 10, 2020.