James Bond is back with a bang.
The long-awaited 25th instalment in the franchise opened in 54 countries on Friday, 1 October, after multiple delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In its opening weekend in South Africa, the film was screened on 188 screens and grossed R5 137 067 at the box office.
Internationally it grossed $119.1 million, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, it is the first film in the pandemic era to cross $100 million in its overseas launch without China. The film will be released in the US on Friday, 8 October.
No Time to Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Ana de Armas, Billy Magnussen, Rory Kinnear, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah.
In the film, Bond (Craig) has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter (Wright) from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE: