My 007 Predictions for No Time To Die

We are nearly three months away from No Time To Die finally being released in theaters. No, I’m serious this time. I mean it!

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With that in mind, I want to take a stab at some bold (some not so bold, but still ALL CAPS) predictions. Now remember, I haven’t seen the film. I haven’t read the screenplay. I am taking wild guesses here based on some trailer scenes and some potential media leaks. This could be completely wrong or very spoiler-heavy.

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001. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, JAMES BOND WILL REACH INSIDE HIS SUIT/HOLSTER FOR THE OPENING GUN BARREL!

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002. LYUTSIFER SAFIN WILL HAVE THE NICKNAME DR. NO!

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003. WE WILL GET A VOICE OVER OF JUDI DENCH!

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004. JAMES AND MADELEINE HAVE A FIVE YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER NAMED MATHILDE!

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005. FELIX LEITER WILL BE KILLED OFF!

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006. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE DANIEL CRAIG ERA, JAMES BOND WILL HAVE TO SAVE THE WORLD FROM IMMINENT GLOBAL DESTRUCTION!

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007. THERE WILL BE SOME SORT OF A TRIBUTE TO DANIEL CRAIG’S 15 YEAR RUN AS JAMES BOND AT THE VERY END OF THE FILM OR DURING THE END CREDITS!

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I guess I will have to check back on these in October.

How to Interview for a Job like James Bond

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Now that the global pandemic is in the beginning of the end, many workers will have to make a tough career choice. Do you they stay in the current Zoom world at home, or return to their old life of working in the office? If you are choosing the latter, you are going to need to shake off the job interviewing cobwebs. I am here to give you guidance, James Bond guidance.

You can look back at past Bond actors, and the character himself, for some of these answers. For example, body language can say a lot. According to Bond producers Broccoli and Saltzman, Sean Connery moved like a panther. Now I do not recommend walking on all fours during your interview, but be like Sean and have purpose in your movements. Act like you belong.

Speaking of acting like you belong. Nothing wrong with a little irrational confidence either. Look at George Lazenby. He straight up lied his way into becoming James Bond. Hard to lie on a resume and to your future employers these days, but back in 1968 George went for it and succeeded. He did some smooth talking during his interviews/auditions and so can you. Fudge up your resume just a tad.

It is also important to remind yourself to not want it so badly. Daniel Craig pulled this strategy off successfully when he landed the part for Casino Royale. It seemed as if the more he acted like he wasn’t interested, the more the head boss wanted him. Nothing wrong with letting your future employer know that you could take it or leave it. Come to think of it, this is pretty much how Craig plays his Bond anyway!

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When it comes to James Bond himself, there are some interviewing lessons to be learned from the films:

  • Make sure you have your facts together just like Bond (aka Mr. Fisher) did when speaking with Mr. Osato at Osaka Chemicals.
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  • Maybe you want to play it free and easy in your job interview like Bond acted in Zorin’s office. When given a choice… take both.
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  • When asked if you are a problem solver, take a page out of Bond’s interview book with Sanchez and drop in the “problem eliminator” line. Just lose the sardonic laughter. To be honest, you could take most Bond’s interview answers to Sanchez and turn it into a winning interview method.

What I Would Like To See: Amazon – MGM Deal

I guess since he already resembles a real life Bond villain, it would only make sense for Jeff Bezos to meddle with the 007 franchise.

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With Amazon acquiring MGM seemingly inevitable at this point, maybe it is time to start thinking about what this means. Sure Amazon is snatching up MGM’s vast library (the Rocky franchise, Pink Panther franchise, tons of classic award winning films, etc.) but the $9 billion dollar question is: What about MGM’s longtime cash-cow… the James Bond franchise?

The Broccoli family have been very protective of the EON company, rightfully so, and I don’t think that will change once the Amazon overlords take control. No Time To Die will open (finally!) in theaters this Fall. I would be absolutely shocked if it got a streaming option on Amazon Prime Video.

I do have some ideas on what I would like to see for Bond when Amazon takes over…

  • This is an easy one. The entire James Bond library on Prime Video. Maybe even have it set up for early September, so people can watch all the films leading up to NTTD.
  • While I stated that NTTD will not be streamed at the same time while in theaters, I think it going straight to Prime in very early 2022 would be a wise move. Similar to what Amazon Prime Video did with another Craig picture, Knives Out.
  • There’s a “Being James Bond” documentary floating around about Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007. I would love for that to be included too.
  • Now that the Craig era is coming to an end, I would really hope that Amazon pushes for a Bond film schedule like the good old days. A new movie out every 2-3 years is all I ask for.
  • Finally, I do NOT want Bond to become like Marvel or Star Wars and start branching off with side projects and spinoffs. However, if Amazon wanted to do something like this… https://timetobond.blog/2019/03/07/what-a-bond-tv-series-should-look-like/

Is James Bond a Kleptomaniac?

Oh that sticky fingered 007!

As fans of the Bond franchise know, continuity has never been its specialty. Before the Daniel Craig era, James Bond would go from movie to movie, mission to mission, with very little thread connecting them. Now with No Time To Die, we are getting an end to Craig’s five film-story arc.

Most film historians, and Bond fans, agree that everything from Sean Connery’s Dr. No to Pierce Brosnan’s Die Another Day is about one man and his many dangerous missions. Twenty to be exact.

All of which makes two scenes truly fascinating to me and I am prepared to label James a kleptomaniac.

In George Lazenby’s solo Bond effort (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) they go through great lengths to visually say (in all caps) THIS IS THE SAME CHARACTER SEAN PLAYED!!!

We get a rare look inside Bond’s office and in pic #1 we see him pull out Honey Ryder’s iconic hip knife belt. When did Bond steal this from Honey? I’m pretty sure Dr. No’s goons took that from her. During the whole commotion at the end of the film maybe he went to the Crab Key lost & found and picked it up for her. Still doesn’t explain why he would keep it as a memento. That’s a little serial killer-ish James.

Picture #2 has Lazenby’s Bond taking out Red Grant’s garrote-watch from his classic train tussle in From Russia With Love. This one makes a little more sense as a Bond keepsake. He almost lost his life to Grant, so why not keep that cool weapon as a reminder of cheating death. I do think Bond should have worn it and used it in a future fight. What do you think, Old Man?

In Pierce Brosnan’s final 007 adventure Die Another Day, he takes a stroll through the Q branch lab and we see the mother of all Bond Easter eggs. The jet pack, the crocodile human submarine, Acrostar jet, etc.

The one that always catches my eye is Rosa Klebb’s poison knife shoe. Keeping in mind that Brosnan’s Bond is Connery’s Bond, did James take that off her foot after she had her kicks and bring it to Q? Were any of the 00 agents going to wear it in the field? And what does the inside of Klebb’s deadly shoe smell like?

What else should Bond have knicked while he was out in the field?

  • Have MI6 raid Goldfinger’s lab and carry out that laser!
  • Mr. Wint’s perfume/aftershave!
  • Tee-Hee’s claw arm! Bond shouldn’t have tossed it out!
  • Scaramanga’s golden gun! C’mon now!
  • Take Kara’s cello!
  • Let’s get really creepy! Go the Isthmus City beauty salon and collect Pam’s hair!

No Time To Care

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You only get delayed thrice Mr. Bond.

Last week’s news that No Time To Die would be delayed again due to COVID was about as predictable as a Bond villain telling 007 their entire plan for world domination, just before Bond escapes some elaborately organized death trap.

April 2020 became November 2020, which later became April 2021, and here we are at October 2021.

So far 2021 hasn’t been any different than 2020. Big budget movies are being pushed back into late 2021 and 2022 by studios who can’t afford to take the risk releasing during COVID. For the next several months, the only potential blockbusters we will be seeing are at home thanks to Netflix and HBOMax. Although HBOMax will also be doing a simultaneous theater release, wherever theaters still operate.

There were rumors recently that streaming services met with the Bond producers regarding how much they would need to take NTTD into everyone’s home. The amount thrown around was $600 million. The streaming services politely declined. I understand why the producers of NTTD would be looking at such a high number. Eight years ago Skyfall made $1 billion worldwide. Five years ago Spectre ended up with $800 million. No Time To Die could turn out to be the best film of the Craig era and I’m not even sure it will do half of Spectre’s business this coming Fall. Let’s just hope more than 50% of the world has been vaccinated by then.

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I don’t want to say I have grown numb by the delays, but I sort of have. I simply don’t care right now. This picture went from must-see to I just need to see if it exists. I am sure my excitement level will eventually return to an all time high as soon as I sit down in a theater in October and I hear the Bond theme play over the opening gun barrel sequence.

I do not need another major marketing push these next six months, but I do have some ideas on what I would like to see:

  • Each month show us one clip from the film. Similar to when actors go on talk shows to promote their upcoming movie. Post each clip online and get the buzz going.
  • I know EON produced a documentary tribute to Daniel Craig’s 15 year run as 007 well over a year ago. That needs to be released on EPIX or the MGM channel or perhaps even on one of those dreaded streaming services.
  • Release the soundtrack a few months before October. Remember that song from Billie Eilish? That was a year ago next month! My head just exploded like Milton Krest’s.
  • We need to know what the future of the James Bond franchise is. Which company will buy it from MGM? Who are the official candidates to replace Daniel Craig? Pre-production thoughts for the next Bond film, rumored locations, etc.

I just hope this October is finally it. The time we actually see No Time To Die. Because even these old Daniel Craig posters aren’t making me laugh like they once did…

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Can James Bond Save Cinemas?

It sounds like a cheesy tagline we may have heard from an old Bond trailer.

“When the film industry is at risk, it is good to know we can still count on a number and a name: 007 – Bond, James Bond.”

Two pieces of entertainment news have been recently colliding. The first is the continuing financial slide of cinemas due to COVID-19. The second is the reemergence of No Time To Die marketing. Déjà vu circa February/March 2020.

I am burying one major headline: NO TIME TO DIE HAS ZERO COMPETITION AT THE BOX-OFFICE NOW!

With Black Widow moving to Summer 2021 and Wonder Woman now slotted for Christmas (maybe), it appears it is up to 007 to save the world’s cinemas. Tenet has stopped the bleeding with $350+ million worldwide, but that is not enough to ensure the future of movie theaters. Perhaps Tenet was never the ideal film to save the day. For as brilliant a director Christopher Nolan is, his films (aside from the Dark Knight trilogy) are a bit too esoteric for most audiences. The world is going through hell right now and movie-goers are probably not in the mood for a film that will cause them to have a brain hemorrhage by the 3rd act.

I have been reading lately that MGM and EON have reached the point of no return when it comes to releasing No Time To Die.

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That brief flirtation with streaming is long gone, if it ever even existed. Bond movies make close to 75% of their money overseas and they burned through $50 million in marketing the last time they delayed. So it appears that James Bond is coming to worldwide theaters in November for better or worse. I believe No Time To Die can double Tenet’s box-office earnings.

I am not saying Bond cinema domination will be easy. Theaters will be at 30% or 40% capacity and two of the biggest markets are in serious trouble. The U.K. has had a recent surge in COVID numbers, but I trust my wiser older brothers and sisters across the pond will get it together soon. As for my country, let’s just say that at least a quarter of the population would drink bleach if their cult leader demanded it. We are hopeless right now, go on without us. The good news is that No Time To Die could realistically play in more theaters than any Bond film before it and might stay in theaters months longer than usual.

I respect and completely understand the Bond fans who are not ready to risk their health by going to the movies. I can only speak from my own personal experience when I say I will see NTTD ASAP. When I saw Tenet a few weeks ago, I felt safer than at the grocery store. Now keep in mind I wore a mask the whole time, did not eat or drink anything, Purell-ed my hands before/during/after and was isolated from others. Not exactly a wonderful cinema experience, but we must adapt to our new planet Covidia.

There has been a line from the upcoming Bond flick that has been entrenched in my mind for a couple of weeks. It pops up when I think about why my vote in my nation’s upcoming election is vital for our sudden fragile democracy. Now this quote is in my head again when I think what might happen to cinemas if No Time To Die fails to show up in seven weeks.

I’ll let James say it better than I ever could.

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No Time To Die? Time To Stream

For me personally, there aren’t many greater pleasures in life than sitting down in a movie theater to watch a brand new release. Before our COVID nightmare, I found myself at the movies about three times per week. I probably miss this pastime even more than watching sports. Since I was five years-old, the ultimate movie joy was witnessing the newest James Bond movie on a big screen. In the past I have even written about the experience. So what I am about to write has shocked me to my core.

It is time to stream No Time To Die.

With yet another delay for Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Tenet, it is time for other blockbuster flicks set for release later this year to have a backup plan. I have more faith in Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson to make sound decisions than I do Donald Trump, Mike Pence and their sycophantic governors. The truth of the matter is Asia and Europe and most of the rest of the world are handling this pandemic much better than the USA is. Therefore it is the Americans who are holding back the global return of movies like Tenet, Black Widow, Wonder Woman, Top Gun and of course No Time To Die.

These movies cost megabucks to make, so they need a major return in profit. I’m a part-time capitalist, so I totally understand this. No Time To Die cost around $250 million and right now it is just sitting in the can. It has been five years since Spectre. I am starting to miss watching Spectre! These are desperate times. As Bond fans, we have gone from November 2019 to February 2020 to April 2020 to November 2020 and it appears we are about to move into the Summer of 2021. All these changing dates are enough to make your head spin.

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Many people will say that No Time To Die will never make enough money with streaming/VOD. They are probably correct, but the idea of it making Skyfall ($1 billion worldwide) or Spectre ($800 million worldwide) type of money vanished a long time ago. I don’t mean vanished like Trump said about the virus. I am speaking in legit terms here. When are people going to get back to normal and feel the need to go inside a movie theater like the good old days? Probably not until there is a vaccine and even then we will take perhaps half a year or longer to feel safe again. Does EON, MGM and Universal have that kind of time to waste? Will movie theaters even make it past December 2020 without new films and an eager audience?

I believe a streaming release could bring in enough money for all production companies involved. With a theater release, studios generally get about a 50% cut, but with a digital release studios get close to 80% profit. Netflix has 190 million worldwide subscribers and Amazon Prime Video has 150 million worldwide subscribers. The eyes are out there. So how and where could the new James Bond movie stream? Here are some options.

NETFLIX: I have no idea how Netflix makes money, yet they do. According to latest economic reports their net worth is close to $125 billion! That is a lot $12.99 monthly charges! Their latest release, the Charlize Theron-led action movie The Old Guard, had more than 70 million viewers. Again, no clue how that would have translated to the box office if Charlize had ended up on the big screens of Regal and AMC. All I know is if Netflix has this many viewers and that many billions, they can pony up a few billion for the right to release No Time To Die.

AMAZON/VOD: This is where Video-On-Demand comes in. Why not charge $29.99 on Amazon Prime Video or any other similar service? I’m sure if even a third of Amazon’s viewers were interested in seeing No Time To Die it could make some serious coin. It might be a little expensive than your average VOD, but this is Bond we are talking about. Did you know in just three weeks of its digital release, the sequel Trolls: World Tour made more money for Universal than the original did during five months in theaters? And they only charged $19.99.

Apple TV+ or PEACOCK: These are the new kids on the streaming block. Tom Hanks’ Greyhound recently had an impressive viewing for Apple. That film cost $70 million, so it isn’t really in the Bond budget ballpark. Peacock is NBC/Universal owned. Who is handling the international release of NTTD again? Oh that’s right! Universal! Streaming the latest Bond flick could help either Apple or Peacock prove that they can hang with the big boys of digital streaming. Of course, MGM is the most important player in this decision and might have the final say along with EON productions.

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As I type this sentence out, I’m sure a statement is being written for the announcement of No Time To Die being released to theaters in June or July of 2021. I guess it is best to prepare for the bad news rather than pretend the inevitable won’t happen. But maybe, just maybe, other options like the ones I have laid out are being fully vetted. James Bond is meant to be seen on the biggest screen imaginable. Unfortunately, thanks to us dumb Americans, it might have to be a big screen TV. You know what? I will take it over another delay. Sometimes a loss can feel like a win.

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Fool Me Twice, Mr. Bond

“Fool Me Twice, Mr. Bond” sounds like the title from a John Gardner 007 novel. Instead, I’m using it to promote the fact that I have been dead wrong twice during the Daniel Craig era. Which is something I’m happy to admit.

Of course the first time was on 11/14/2005, as Daniel Craig was announced as the sixth  James Bond actor. I was convinced he was all wrong for the role of the world’s greatest secret agent. Within the first two minuets of Casino Royale, I discovered how wrong I was. Yes, considerably.

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The second time is more recent and much more important. Like millions of worldwide Bond fans, my heart sank into my stomach when they announced No Time To Die was moving from April to November due to COVID-19. As fans we had already been yanked around from November 2019 to February 2020 to April 2020 and now to November 2020. That’s a lot of change to handle as moviegoers.

My initial thoughts, back now nearly a month ago, were focused on how maybe we were being overly cautious when it came to this virus. Sure it hit the Asian markets and Italy pretty badly, but the USA and UK can handle this. How extremely selfish and how misinformed I was. Even though I had my patriotism surgically removed decades ago, I still held out some hope that perhaps my country would be better prepared for this. As I watch each maddening daily press conference, I only understand now how idiotic my thoughts a month ago truly were.

The fact of the matter is… Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have been better, more decisive, intelligent leaders than Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. They saw the potential dangers, and not just the cinematic economics, but the psychological aspect that audiences won’t even be in the mood to go to the theaters months after we return to normalcy. Will we? I can tell you that losing sports and movies has been devastating, but I also know the longterm ramifications if we as a society don’t continue to practice social distancing for the months of April and May and beyond.

I just hope by the time Thanksgiving comes around here to the States, we will have had a couple of months of COVID calm. Then maybe I can sit back with my family and watch No Time To Die on a huge IMAX screen and be content in knowing how wrong I was in early March. However, I could be wrong again right now and we might be revisiting this in 2021.

You are wrong only twice, Mr. Bond. 

 

 

 

 

NO TIME TO DELAY

From November 2019 to February 2020 to April 2020 and now to November 2020. As Holly Goodhead once said to James Bond: “Take me around the world one more time.”

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Here we are. What has felt like the Bond movie we have been waiting forever for, just got a little more forever-er. Wednesday, March 4th became a dark day in Bond cinematic history. The producers and studios announced that they had decided to move the release date (3rd time is the charm?) of No Time To Die from April to November after “careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace”. This felt like The Blofeld Who Stole Christmas.

Of course, this is all about the current global epidemic – coronavirus. More so the global movie-going markets, specifically in Asia where the virus has shut down most people’s normal daily routines. Some schools are closed, sporting events postponed or being played in empty stadiums and arenas, and of course many movie theaters shutdown. Perhaps the most affected area, outside of the Asian markets, is Italy. It would be difficult to show that stunning pre-title sequence in Matera and not think about those being touched by this horrible illness.

By pushing the global release date nearly seven months, MGM will lose close to $50 million. Some experts estimate that if they hadn’t done this and opened on time, the loss would be closer to $300 million. Skyfall made $1 billion worldwide and Spectre made $800+ million globally, so it is easy to understand why the producers and studios thought Daniel Craig’s final turn as 007 would bring the same financial success as before. Now it is all up in the air. Are we sure things will be back to normal by November? Let’s hope.

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Two well-known James Bond fan sites did write an op-ed about possibly delaying the film. While I respect their opinion, I’m not sure it was necessary to speak on behalf of all the Bond fans around the world. We may never know if this letter truly made an impact on the decision to postpone NTTD. The bottom line is that there is no easy solution. The best I could come up with was release the movie in April, on time, in areas less affected by this coronavirus outbreak. Then release the movie in November for those Asian markets and for Italy. Of course, you have to take into account the possibility of the movie being bootlegged by then. So once again, No Time To Die? No Easy Answers Here.

The promotions were coming in hot and heavy. Here in the United States the first few days of March were flooded with so many new commercials for No Time To Die, I thought maybe Mike Bloomberg had bought EON from Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Not to mention the magazine coverage, cast interviews, and Daniel Craig hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. This should make for an awkward monologue.

Here’s the last No Time To Die footage we will see for a long time…

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There are quiet a few blockbuster movies that will have to make this same tough decision very soon. Black Widow, Wonder Woman 1984, Top Gun:Maverick all have a lot on the line for their respective studios. Will they follow the Bond producers’ lead, or take the gamble 007 was too afraid of?

Does this delay make 007 fans want to stay home in November? Of course not! In many cases, this will make audiences flock to see it in droves. It’s hard to say worldwide, but I could see No Time To Die equalling or topping the box-office numbers of Skyfall. It still feels like a dream (or nightmare) and I’m sure when April 10th hits the calendar I’ll relive the double-oh-seven stages of grief.

So ask yourself: When will it feel real? Are you losing your mind, wondering if this movie actually exists? Aside from the spectacular clips in the trailers and commercials, do we actually have a full-length feature film pushing three hours? As a Bond fan when will it all feel real? I know for myself, I’ll be sitting in an IMAX theater on Wednesday, November 25th, looking around to make sure this isn’t a dream. It will feel real for me when I see that opening gunbarrel. I’ll let director Cary Fukunaga explain the feeling.