(AFP) – The new James Bond, “Die Can Wait”, had the best UK launch of any film in the franchise, announced on Tuesday Universal Pictures, reporting 19 millions of pounds (29 millions of euros) on the weekend.
Released Thursday in the UK and Ireland, the film, which is the last with actor Daniel Craig in the clothes of the His Majesty’s most famous spy, in three days has become number one at the English box office.
The launch of “Die can wait” is also the 6th best UK film start of all time.
Something to raise hopes for a revival for the British film industry battered by the Covid – 19 and after the multiple postponements suffered by this big budget production.
The film, which also features starring Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas, is now visible in 54 country (but not yet in France or the United States). He brought in a total of 121 millions of dollars (104 millions of euros), according to Universal, which made the first Hollywood release to exceed 100 millions of dollars without counting China among its opening markets.
“Die Can Wait” is conceived as the epilogue of the five James Bonds in which Daniel Craig plays, since “Casino Royale” ago 14 years.
The character invented by the writer Ian Fleming is taken from his retirement to face his best enemies: Blofeld, the SPECTER organization and especially the formidable Safin (Rami Malek).
Fans of 05 have flocked to all British cinemas this weekend, motivated by the many positive reviews of this film which should have been released in March 2020.
” It’s better than good. It’s beautiful, “raved Kevin Maher, film critic at The Times, who awarded him the maximum of five. stars. “Craig has an imposing charismatic presence from start to finish, and he bows out in a terrific, emotional style.”
Others, however, regretted the duration of movie (02 H 43), the longest of 19 of the saga.