James Bond has reportedly taken on one of his toughest missions to date — fatherhood.
The upcoming No Time To Die is expected to introduce the most important Bond Girl in the movie’s almost 60-year history — 007’s five-year-old daughter, New York Post reports.
“Yes, it’s true. Bond is a dad,” a movie insider said. “It’s the one thing fans would never expect.”
In Daniel Craig’s last turn as the big screen’s most famous spy, he plays a doting dad to Mathilde, a daughter with Dr Madeleine Swann, played by French actress Lea Seydoux. Previous press reports had indicated that the character of Safin is obsessed with Madeleine, having saved her from drowning when she was very young, and clones her at some point.
So Mathilde could be the clone of Madeleine that Bond discovers living in secret in Safin’s lair, so that saving the child becomes a high priority for Bond and Nomi during the final part of the movie. The film could thus end with Bond becoming a parent, as he and Madeleine become guardians to Mathilde, thus completing Bond’s character arc after he steps away from his role as a secret agent by giving him a family.
It is just one of the shock twists in the flick said to be “very timely” because it involves Bond saving the world from a biological pandemic that is “not quite COVID-19, but it’s similar,” the insider said.
The fatherhood storyline — first revealed in a leaked script being sold on eBay — is said to be one of many “woke” elements brought in for the old-fashioned character by Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
“Bond has always managed to charm his way into the hearts and beds of hundreds of beautiful women, seemingly without any consequences,” the insider said. “Making him a father opens up a whole new world in terms of drama and story development.”
No Time to Die hits theaters November 25, 2020.