Hans Zimmer will be making his James Bond franchise debut, taking over as the new composer for the new 007 film, No Time To Die, it has been announced.
The 25th film in the series, directed by Cary Fukunaga (Maniac, True Detective) stars Daniel Craig in his final appearance as 007. According to Variety, Zimmer replaces Dan Romer who exited the project because of “creative differences” with Eon Productions, helmed by the Broccoli family. Romer had previously worked with Fukunaga on Netflix drama Maniac as well as the Idris Elba vehicle Beasts of No Nation (also released on the streaming service).
Hans Zimmer is one of Hollywood’s most high-profile composers, celebrated for his scores for films such as Gladiator, The Da Vinci Code and the Pirates of the Caribbean series. He won an Oscar for his 1994 theme for The Lion King, though he is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Christoper Nolan on Inception, Interstellar, the Dark Knight movies and more. Last week, Quentin Tarantino said “you could define the decade by” Zimmer’s score for Nolan’s film Dunkirk.
Zimmer has scored two more films approaching release: superhero sequel Wonder Woman 1984 and Denis Villeneuve’s remake of Dune. He recently announced a live tour of arenas across Europe in spring 2021.
No Time To Die sees a crop of fresh names added to the cast alongside Craig. Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) is poised to play the film’s villain, while Ana De Armas (Blade Runner 2049) and Billy Magnussen (Aladdin) will also be making their Bond debuts alongside Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) who reportedly will take over the 007 alias.
In terms of returning characters, Léa Seydoux reprises her role as Madeleine Swann and Ben Whishaw returns as Bond’s quartermaster ‘Q’. Ralph Fiennes is also back as MI6 head ‘M’.
No Time to Die is slated to be in cinemas on 2 April in the UK and 10 April in the US.