TONIGHT will see the premiere of the highly anticipated new James Bond film No Time to Die, following more than a year of delays due to the pandemic.
The film will be released in UK cinemas on Thursday, following a star-studded event in London this evening.
Members of the royal family are set to attend tonight’s premier at the Royal Albert Hall, and will be joined in the auditorium by healthcare workers and members of the armed forces.
Cast members Rami Malek (below), Lea Seydoux and Lashana Lynch are set to walk the red carpet, while screenwriters Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and singer Billie Eilish and her musician brother Finneas O’Connell, who co-wrote the new Bond theme song, are also due to attend.
The 25th instalment of the series marks Daniel Craig’s last time performing the titular character.
Ahead of the release, Craig discussed his experience filming No Time to Die in Scotland. It comes after a previous Bond film, Skyfall (2012), involved lots of filming in the country – as Bond’s family home is based in Glen Coe.
“I love Scotland and going back and filming up there,” Craig said.
“We were in the studio for months and then we went [to Glen Coe] and the space – it was such a relaxing time and the same on this [film], although we went driving across fields at 90mph and crashing cars and things.
“It was a beautiful place to be.”
These are four locations viewers of No Time to Die should watch out for – and which are worth visiting yourself.
Back in July 2019 filming for No Time to Die took place in the town of Aviemore. It’s understood that this was for a car chase Craig referenced in a previous interview.
During filming, photos showed hundreds of temporary rooms had been set up in a car park in the town to accommodate the many staff involved in the major production.
Aviemore is a popular town with tourists due to its proximity to stunning scenery, including mountains, lochs and ancient forest. Its snowsports are also a big draw, while there are a number of independent shops and eateries.
Cairngorms National Park
The town of Aviemore is located within the beautiful Cairngorms National Park – which is the largest in the UK.
The thrilling car chase scene which Craig referenced goes through this beautiful park, which spans more than 4500 kilometres.
The Cairngorms are popular with people looking for an active holiday, thanks to its walking trails, biking routes and nature reserves – though we doubt they will feature too heavily in the action-packed car scene.
This historic manor is, unsurprisingly, also believed to be part of the car chase sequence. Viewers may recognise the estate from Monarch of the Glen, in which it was called Glenbogle.
The 19th century building is based on the banks of Loch Laggan in the Highlands, and there are a number of self-catering cottages on site for those looking for a get-away.
It’s a popular spot for wildlife watching, as Ardverikie is one of Scotland’s oldest deer forests.
According to the estate’s website, embers of the public are welcome to walk over the estate, and can park in the layby on the A86. As for accommodation, holiday houses sleep from three to 13 people with prices at around £800 per week.
Loch Laggan is also expected to appear in the No Time to Die car chase. The Highland freshwater loch has a surface area of about 535 acres and is a popular destination for walking and cycling. It also boasts the biggest freshwater beach in Scotland for those planning holidays for next summer already.
Loch Laggan is located about 10km from the village of Dalwhinnie, which is well known for its whisky distillery.