(Warning! Major spoilers for the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, follow.)

No Time to Die didn’t come without shockers.

Major No Time To Die Spoilers Ahead, You’ve Been Warned

The love James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) shared resulted in a daughter, Mathilde (Lisa-Dorah Sonnet). Could she fill in her father’s shoes? (credit: MGM/Eon Productions)

Particularly, that Bond (Daniel Craig) has a child – and that it seems clear the protagonist died.

However, even though it seemed clear he died, at the end of the credits, it says “James Bond will return.”

How Will ‘James Bond’ ‘Return?’

It saying “James Bond will return” at credits’ end could realistically mean a few things: he (somehow) didn’t actually die; he will come back for the dead; or there will be another 007, or “James Bond,” that is the protagonist of the films.

It now also perhaps makes more sense why media outlets were wondering if the next “Bond” will be a woman. That could be because the 007 in No Time to Die is already woman (Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch). Or, as it turns out that since the protagonist has a daughter (Mathilde, played by Lisa-Dorah Sonnet), she could fill in her father’s shoes when she is an adult.

It was shocking, but I am fine with Bond dying – and I am actually surprised that it has never happened in the 25 prior films about him. (In fact, it almost makes more sense to have new 007s and new protagonists, rather than the same 007 and the same protagonist. Otherwise, he has a lot of over-the-top adventures in a relatively short amount of time.)

At This Point, Move Forward

The new “James Bond” could be a 007. Nomi was the new 007 in No Time to Die. (credit: Nicola Dove/DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM)

And with it seeming clear he is dead, I would most like to see a new, non-Bond 007 as opposed to miraculously bringing him back from the dead, as major blockbusters rather often do with characters these days. Or as opposed to him not actually dying despite being hammered with bombs that, further, seemed to near-directly, if not directly, hit him.

It could even be refreshing to see a new character’s adventures, yet still in the same beloved 007 role.

What are your thoughts about it seeming to be clear that James Bond died? How will the production studio of No Time to Die, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Eon Productions, reckon killing him off with also stating that “James Bond will return?” How would you like to see the “return” of “Bond?” Comment below! And make sure to check out That Hashtag Show’s Bond coverage.

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