MGM and Universal announced this week that the release of the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, will be pushed back from April to November 25, “after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the theatrical marketplace,” due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. But don’t worry, actor Daniel Craig (who will be leaving the franchise after No Time to Die) offered fans a sneak peek at the movie during his hosting stint on Saturday Night Live this weekend.
“You may have heard that the release of the film has been delayed due to public health concerns,” he said in his opening monologue. “There’s this scene that’s my favorite, and the producers have been kind enough to let me show it tonight. So let’s take a look.”
What follows is a sketch which opens much like a genuine clip from a 007 adventure, with Craig’s character entering a casino and immediately encountering a vampish Bond girl, played by new SNL cast member Chloe Fineman. They trade barbs for a few moments, and then the tension is broken when Bond casually rolls a 7 at the craps table.
The famous spy’s ultra-cool exterior immediately dissolves as Bond gets swept up in the game, ignoring the femme fatale at his side and drawing nearby gamblers (played by the likes of Kate McKinnon, Kel Thompson and Heidi Gardner) into his rising frenzy. He even ditches his iconic drinks order, a vodka martini, in favor of a much less cool vodka and Red Bull (in a pint glass, no less).
Unlike plenty of other SNL sketches, the joke doesn’t get dragged out too long; the casino worker is exposed as an enemy agent, Bond promptly shoots him, and the party continues. Fin.
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