To quote Franz Oberhauser AKA Blofeld… “Welcome James. It’s been a long time. And finally, here we are. What took you so long?”
No Time To Die will be released in the U.K. next week and in the U.S. the following week. So why not add a little gambling to your viewing? As Moneypenny said in Skyfall… “I like a little flutter, now and then. Who doesn’t like to take chances?”
25 Prop Bets to play with family and friends for NO TIME TO DIE:
1) Will Daniel Craig wear a black tux for the gun barrel?
2) Will the pre-title sequence break The World Is Not Enough’s record of 14 minutes?
3) Which one of these Bond allies will be killed?
B) Felix Leiter
E) None of the above
4) Some form of the James Bond theme will play 6.5 times:
5) Will Paloma (Ana de Armas) appear in any other scenes besides in Cuba?
6) Will Nomi (LaShana Lynch) remain 007 at the end of the film?
7) Will Safin (Rami Malek) turn out to be Dr. No?
8) Which one of these actors will make a physical cameo?
A) Judi Dench
B) Eva Green
9) Daniel Craig will say “Bond, James Bond” 1.5 times:
10) Will James end up staying with Madeleine at the end of the film?
11) Will the henchman Primo (Dali Benssalah) have his name spoken by any character?
12) Bond will order a vodka martini 1.5 times for himself:
13) Will James Bond personally kill Safin?
14) On its opening weekend in the U.S. this movie will make $71,000,000:
15) Will James kill anyone in Jamaica?
16) Will there be a Michael G. Wilson cameo?
17) Will Daniel Craig wear a Commander’s uniform?
18) Will James have sexual relations with any other women in this film besides Madeleine?
19) The word “bloody” will be used 5.5 times:
20) Will Bond die at the end?
21) “James Bond Will Return” will show up…
A) In the beginning of the end credits
B) At the very end of the end credits
22) Will the title sequence, during Billie Eilish’s song, show clips of past Daniel Craig – James Bond movies?
23) Will the title of the film be used at any time in the dialogue?
24) Will the last scene in the film take place in London?
After nearly two years, we are only one month away. The hype machine for No Time To Die really brought it today. We received a U.S. trailer and an international trailer. Some old stuff, but also some new bits of movie eye candy. Check them out and my notes…
My NTTD (final) Trailer(s) Notes:
Not feeling the MGM CGI lion.
I like the idea of showing Craig’s past Bond adventures, leading up to now.
Clearly we are getting a flashback of young Madeleine shooting Safin.
Trying to do the math here. Just how old is Safin?
I think we are dealing with a plot involving genetics and perhaps even cloning.
Safin is using people as hosts for his virus? Hmmmm?
Why is Bond looking at his own hands with such a depressed look? Has his DNA been stolen? Has he been infected with a virus?
It appears Safin is romantically infatuated with Madeleine. This could get creepy.
I have a strange feeling Safin makes a clone of James Bond. Hope I am wrong.
When the Aston Martin is being shot up you can see how much James has had it with Madeleine.
I am digging the look of the henchman, Primo. For your EYE only? Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
It seems like Bond and the rest of the MI6 crew won’t trust Madeleine for most of the picture.
Looks like Bond/Paloma will be at odds with Nomi in the Cuba scene.
I love the Q line that quickly cuts to Bond blowing stuff up.
This movie feels like it will truly end the Craig era. I am just not sure how.
James Bond fans are rejoicing over the news that No Time To Die is finally, for sure this time, being released 9/30 in the U.K. and 10/8 in the U.S. That is the bright side of it all, but there is a slightly negative turn down the road.
No Time To Die will have a difficult time making Skyfall and Spectre type of money in this current COVID box-office climate. In fact, earning around $500 million worldwide would be a moral victory and even that comes way below what Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace brought in.
All of this means we might not see the next Bond flick start even pre-production until late 2023, if we are lucky. We will also probably witness a James Bond production with half the budget of NTTD. A scaled down 007 picture isn’t always a harbinger of doom. Goldeneye and Casino Royale, which starred two new Bond actors, were both reasonably budgeted and both were critical and box-office successes.
With this in mind I decided to think way ahead and come up with my own idea for a lower budgeted Bond 26. I know that EON now has Amazon as a sugar daddy, but for the sake of this experiment I will act like Bezos-bucks isn’t a factor.
Working title: BOND 26
Devil May Care
The Weight of the World
Bite the Bullet
The Cold Shoulder
Director: Yann Demange
EON can’t afford the likes of Sam Mendes, or Christopher Nolan, or Denis Villeneuve. Also, if Cary Fukunaga knocks NTTD out of the park (the buzz is there) he might become too expensive. So I choose Demange, who was on EON’s Bond 25 radar before selecting their original choice… Danny Boyle. Demange would be more of a Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) type of selection. He has only directed two major motion pictures (’71, White Boy Rick). This would be a risk, but it could pay off.
Writers: Neal Purvis and Robert Wade
Let’s face the fact that these two are never going away. They have been writing Bond scripts since The World Is Not Enough. I am sure EON will have a third accomplished screenwriter to polish the script up. They have hired Paul Haggis, John Logan and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the past to improve the work Purvis & Wade.
James Bond: ???
The 7th James Bond actor will have a tough act to follow. Stepping into Daniel Craig’s tux is going to be just as daunting as when George Lazenby took over for Sean Connery. Craig reportedly made around $25 mil for No Time To Die. You can expect the next 007 to earn something closer to $2-$3 million instead. So that leaves us with a relatively unknown actor. Perhaps even less known than Daniel Craig was in 2005.
Let’s get the “big name” choices out of the way first: No to Cavill, Hiddleston, Elba, Hardy, etc. I considered Aidan Turner, James Norton and Regé-Jean Page since their names have been attached in the past. But I am choosing an actor that will make most of us go… WHO?!?!
My choice to be the 007th James Bond actor is Josh Bowman.
Bowman would be in his mid-30s by the time Bond 26 started amping up. He is English, around 6’0, has been in a couple of ABC shows (Revenge, Time After Time). Bowman would be a mixture of a “safe choice” looks-wise, while also being a real gamble due to being an “unknown” product. I might even cast him last when it comes to the rest of the crew.
Main Villain: Andrew Koji
Bond producers made a brilliant choice for Le Chiffre with Mads Mikkelsen. I think Koji would be a similarly smart casting decision. He is the most interesting character in this summer’s Snake Eyes. This British-born actor, of Japanese descent, is a rising star and has the makings of a memorable Bond villain.
Leading Ladies: Daniela Melchior, Logan Browning
The Portuguese Melchior stole the show as Ratcatcher II in The Suicide Squad. While the American Browning has been the star of Netflix’s Dear White People for a few seasons now. These two casting decisions follow in line with past ones like Olga Kurylenko and Ana de Armas.
Colman would give us that award-winning, sassy tongued M that we have been missing since Dame Judi. She has also played a spy handler before in The Night Manager. Kamen (Ant-Man & the Wasp) would be a less expensive Moneypenny than Harris, while still being able to bring something extra to the role. Berry (What We Do In The Shadows) would bring the laughs in as Q. Most important factor in casting all three of these roles… all three are English!
Henchman: Francis Ngannou
6’4, 260 pound MMA fighter, who had a bit part in Fast & Furious 9. Would be more of a Dave Bautista (Hinx) type of henchman.
Locations: Location! Location! Location! Sometimes the most important element of a Bond movie is the travelogue. Since I am acting like we are on a thrifty travel expense budget, I am afraid the usual hotspots of Italy and the Caribbean are off the map in Bond 26.
London, England (Pinewood Studios)
Budapest, Hungary (Korda Studios)
All in all I think I could get the budget to a little under $60 million, which still sounds like a lot, but still nowhere near the usual Bond budgets of $150 mil. Don’t worry, I am sure my Bond 26 won’t be any cheaper than the time Steve Martin played 007.
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!
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.
001. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, JAMES BOND WILL REACH INSIDE HIS SUIT/HOLSTER FOR THE OPENING GUN BARREL!
002. LYUTSIFER SAFIN WILL HAVE THE NICKNAME DR. NO!
003. WE WILL GET A VOICE OVER OF JUDI DENCH!
004. JAMES AND MADELEINE HAVE A FIVE YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER NAMED MATHILDE!
005. FELIX LEITER WILL BE KILLED OFF!
006. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE DANIEL CRAIG ERA, JAMES BOND WILL HAVE TO SAVE THE WORLD FROM IMMINENT GLOBAL DESTRUCTION!
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!
I guess I will have to check back on these in October.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Half the world is not enough?
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…
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.
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.