Bond 25 timeline Part 007

“You were expecting someone else?”


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In the end, COVID-19 was too much for James Bond. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer opts to go ahead and release (with United Artists Releasing and Universal) the 25th James Bond film made by Eon Productions.

After all the false starts, James Bond fans make their preparations to see No Time to Die.

Sept. 28, 2021: It’s premiere day. No Time to Die marketing partners keep up their activities right up to the movie’s debut. Here’s an example from Aston Martin that also provides some behind-the scenes detail.

Sept. 28, 2021: The drumbeat continues. David Zaritsky of The Bond Experience shows up on British television. (Disclosure: I have shown up on a couple of episodes of his YouTube channel.)

Sept. 28, 2021: The drumbeat continues. David Zaritsky of The Bond Experience shows up on British television. (Disclosure: I have shown up on a couple of episodes of his YouTube channel.)

Sept. 28, 2021: The red-carpet activities associated with the No Time to Die take place for about 90 minutes. The live stream via Facebook is viewed by many fans. The host (the same host for the technically challenged April 2019 live stream from Jamaica) referenced Facebook constantly. There were also constant references to how No Time to Die is best seen in the cinema (a late marketing talking point). Kudos to Hans Zimmer. He said, yet again, that the No Time to Die score is a collaboration between himself and Steve Mazzaro. Eon’s marketing machine has been pretending Mazzaro doesn’t exist.

There were the usual fashions one can see at a premiere. Daniel Craig had a light red/pink tuxedo jacket. Jeffrey Wright had a green tux. The host and Lashana Lynch wore yellow dresses. Ana de Armas was almost an evening dress.

Sept. 28, 2021: The world premiere of No Time to Die is held at Royal Albert Hall in London. However, there are other showings in other countries. Even the United States, where the movie won’t be released for more than a week has showings. The first audiences begin viewing the film at about 8 p.m. London time/3 p.m. New York time/2 p.m. Chicago time/12 noon U.S. West Coast time.

Sept. 28, 2021: The first audiences were done before 6 p.m. New York time. Evidently media have to observe at 7 p.m. New York time embargo before tweeting out reactions.

Sept. 29, 2021. If I had (seriously) floated the idea that Bond 25’s title was Genoma of a Woman, I would hide under the blankets by this point. But the person who did float that idea got to go to the premiere. AND TAKE SELFIES WITH KEY CREW MEMBERS. (An example is below.) What? You kidding? No. So he gets to go to the premiere. (See the Aug. 3, 2019 entries in PART II OF THE TIMELINE for more details about his Genoma of a Woman “reporting.”)

Sept. 29, 2021: YouTuber Calvin Dyson provides a spoiler-free review. Here it is. As an aside, Yanks (who couldn’t travel to London) are left out in the cold. So folks like me can only observe. Well, that’s show business. Congratulations, Calvin.

Sept. 29, 2021: CNN’s website publishes a story with behind-the-scenes details about the making of No Time to Die.

Sept. 30, 2021: The New York Times publishes an “exit interview” with Daniel Craig about his tenure as Bond and his post-Bond career plans. No plot spoilers for No Time to Die. “Maybe I’ll be remembered as the Grumpy Bond. I don’t know. That’s just my Bond and I have to face up to it, that has been my Bond. But I’m quite satisfied with that.” (He said that with a laugh, according to the story.)

Sept. 30, 2021 (U.K. time, the time stamp below is my time zone): You knew somebody was going to dump on the movie sooner or later. Madeline Grant, a columnist for The Telegraph and professed James Bond fan, made clear she didn’t care for No Time to Die. While the tweet itself has no spoilers about the Bond film (you could argue it does for 1968’s The Planet of the Apes), you should avoid the comments to remain spoiler-free.

Sept. 30, 2021: Here’s another fan review, this one by The Bond Experience. It originally was live streamed. This is the replay.

Sept. 30, 2021: Something called Mayhem Mendes posts a video of behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews. If you’re super sensitive to spoilers, don’t watch until later.

Sept. 30, 2021: An interview with composers Hans Zimmer and Steve Mazzaro and guitarist Johnny Marr is posted.

Oct. 1, 2021: Mark Kermode, a British film critic, gives his usual detailed review. He mostly likes it. (“It’s solid, not adventurous.”) The video opens up with an extended clip of a Malek-Craig scene. So beware.

Oct. 1, 2021: Variety reports that Daniel Craig will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Oct. 6, as No Time to Die (finally) arrives in the second-class (at least from a Bond perspective) United States.

Oct. 1, 2021: No Time to Die-related appearances occur on U.S. and U.K. talk shows. The bulk of the cast appears on the Graham Norton Show. Somehow, Lea Seydoux drew the short straw and is stuck on The Tonight Show in the U.S. (shown on NBC, part of Comcast, which also owns Universal, releasing the movie internationally.

The Tonight Show posted the Seydoux segment. Despite the video’s title, she really doesn’t spoil it.

Oct. 2, 2021: A bootleg video (taken in a theater) of No Time to Die’s ending surfaces on YouTube. Apparently, it was posted, taken down and then posted again. Obviously, I am not embedding it. Just consider this a warning.

Oct. 2, 2021: ABC runs promos for “Bond Week” on Good Morning America the week of Oct. 4. Rami Malek is scheduled for Monday, Daniel Craig for Tuesday, Lashana Lynch for Wednesday and Ana de Armas for Friday.

Oct. 3, 2021: CBS Sunday morning runs an interview with Daniel Craig conducted by Ben Mankiewicz.

Oct. 4, 2021: Rami Malek is interviewed on Good Morning America.

Oct. 4, 2021: The Bond Experience interviews Daniel Craig.

Oct. 4, 2021: CNBC’s website carries a story saying No Time to Die could have a U.S. opening weekend of $100 million. A sample:

Movie theater operators told CNBC that “No Time to Die” is overperforming advanced ticket sales expectations and, in many cases, is matching the presales for “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.”

Oct. 5, 2021: Daniel Craig is interviewed on Good Morning America.

Oct. 7, 2021: Phil Nobile Jr., formerly of Birth Movies Death, interviews Cary Fukunaga for /Film. A sample quote from Fukunaga:

It makes it better, definitely, to not have notes coming in from executives who just need to put in their opinion on something, simply because it seems like that’s what their job needs to be, y’know? To be able to just deal directly with the producers themselves as the arbiters of taste was, I think, a much healthier creative process.

Oct, 8, 2021: The Los Angeles Times publishes a story describing the process of coming up with No Time to Die’s ending. The story avoids specifics but says it is intended for those who’ve seen the movie and want some behind-the-scenes details. A sample:

“When I came on board, that’s what they wanted to happen, but that’s not an ending, that’s a result,” Fukunaga said of where the film leaves Bond. “I still had to come up with an ending that got us there and choices driven by Bond that gets us there.”

Oct. 8, 2021: Ana de Armas appears on The Tonight Show.

Oct. 9, 2021: The Bond Experience scores an interview with Cary Fukunaga:

Oct. 10, 2021: No Time to Die is estimated to generate $56 million during its first U.S. weekend. The movie performed stronger internationally (where it debuted a week earlier) and the movie’s global box office is estimated at more than $313 million as of this date. The U.S. opening was below that of Skyfall (2012), SPECTRE (2015) and Quantum of Solace (2008). There are doubts that No Time to Die can make a profit on its theatrical run. I wonder what the writer of the Oct. 4 CNBC story thinks.

Oct. 10, 2021: The New York Times runs a feature story about No Time to Die’s corporate partners and how they’ve fared with all of the delays. A sample:

Bollinger has so much at stake with Bond, it will throw as many do-over parties as needed, said Alyssa Faden, who works for Vintus and plans the parties. “Bond is our big moment to shine,” she said. “Even if the release is postponed over and over, we will be there to celebrate it.” (Though, Mr. Michas notes, the timing is a little tricky. “So many more people drank Champagne during the pandemic, we have a shortage,” he said.)

Oct. 11, 2021: The final first-weekend figure in the U.S. is released: $55,225,007 (like those last three digits), according to Box Office Mojo. That was at 4,407 screens. Global is $314.25 million.

Oct. 12, 2021: The Bond Experience posts an interview with Eon’s Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.

Oct. 12, 2021: Being James Bond comes out with a review. It was originally livestreamed. This is the replay.

Oct. 12, 2021: Daniel Craig appears on The Tonight Show

Oct. 13, 2021: Haphazard Stuff, aka John Clark, presents some non-spoiler thoughts on No Time to Die.

Intermission: I’m not likely to embed any more spoiler video reviews or link to podcasts episodes (including one I was on) with No Time to Die spoilers. For one thing, there are too many to include. The timeline was/is intended more as a historical record. I know some of the Bond YouTubers who are coming out with their spoiler reviews. They’re fine people. I just feel I need to streamline things going forward.

Oct. 14, 2021: Admittedly, this is a joke. But hey….

Oct. 17, 2021: No Time to Die’s second U.S. weekend is estimated at $24 million, down 56 percent from its initial weekend. It finishes No. 2 to Halloween Kills at $50.4 million. The Bond movie’s global box office, as of today, is estimated at $447.8 million.

Oct. 18, 2021: Final U.S. box office figures are in. No Time to Die’s second U.S. weekend was $23.8 million, a 57 percent decline from the film’s initial weekend. The cumulative U.S. box office is $99 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Global box office figure now at $447.7 million.

Oct. 22, 2021: Vulture, part of New York magazine, publishes a story about the “hidden costs” of holding a movie. Its prime example is No Time to Die. Among the nuggets: The February 2020 Super Bowl ad cost $5.69 million. MGM and Universal spent $175 million in prints and advertising costs ahead of the film’s release. Product placement partners squandered $66 million promoting No Time to Die in 2020 only to see it delayed into 2021.

Oct. 24, 2021: No Time to Die’s third U.S. weekend comes in at an estimated $11.9 million in the U.S., according to Box Office Mojo. The global box office is at an estimated $525.7 million.

Oct. 25, 2021: No Time to Die’s final third U.S. weekend comes in at $12.2 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Total U.S. box office is $120.4 million. Total global box office is at $525.5 million.

Oct. 29, 2021: No Time to Die opens in China.

Oct. 29, 2021: Variety publishes a story saying that No Time to Die had ticket sales of about $6.1 million (including midnight preview showings) during its first day of release in China.

Oct. 31, 2021: 60 Minutes Australia does a feature story about No Time to Die ahead of the movie’s release in that country.

Oct. 31, 2021: No Time to Die generates an estimated $7.8 million in its fourth U.S. weekend. That’s a 36 percent drop from the previous weekend (below 50 percent is considered good. Now up to about $133 million. in the U.S.

Oct. 31, 2021: The Hollywood Reporter says No Time to Die’s opening weekend in China was $28 million. Exhibitor Relations Co. puts it at $27 million. Meanwhile, ERC lists the top five markets for the movie in this tweet:

That’s just box office dollars. On a per-capita basis, the U.K. would be No. 1 (not surprisingly).

Nov. 1, 2021: The Hollywood Reporter says No Time to Die is poised to pass Avengers: Endgame for the No. 5 spot all-time in the U.K.

Nov. 5, 2021: Screen Rant comes out with a story saying that No Time to Die will be available on video on demand (VOD) on Tuesday, Nov. 9. United Artists Releasing, which handles NTTD distribution in the U.S., confirms the date. This leaked out after online ads about VOD started showing up on social media.

Make no mistake: This is bad news, at least as far as U.S. box office is concerned. The “theatrical window” has been narrowing, but people were expecting 45 days for the Bond film.

Nov. 5, 2021: The Daily Mail publishes a story based on information from the James Bond Archives: No Time to Die edition book. It says Daniel Craig wanted what would become the ending of No Time to Die as far back as 2005 when the actor was first cast as Bond. The story says some scripts had a “decoy” ending as a ruse.

Nov. 7, 2021: No Time to Die scores an estimated $6.1 million in its fifth U.S. weekend, now up to $143 million total, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. That was No. 3 for the weekend behind Eternals and Dune.

Nov. 9, 2021: No Time to Die becomes available on video on demand in the United States. The price is $19.99 for a two-day rental.

Nov. 11, 2021: No Time to Die opens in Australia, the last major market to receive the film.

Nov. 12, 2021: The Guardian publishes a profile of screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. It covers a lot of ground. But at one point, Wade says the #MeToo movement didn’t affect their work on No Time to Die. THIS POST at The Spy Command spells out the contradictions in that stance.

Nov. 13, 2021: The Bond Experience posts an interview with Suttirat Anne Larlarb, No Time to Die’s costume designer.

Nov. 15, 2021: Over the Nov. 12-14 weekend, No Time to Diee passes the $150 million mark in the U.S. (No. 6) and $700 million mark globally (No. 2 among non-Chinese movies). While not enough to ensure profitability on theatrical release alone (contrary to jackasses who think they know better), it’s an indication that Bond remains popular.

Nov. 16, 2021: Universal announces some details about No Time to Die’s home video release.

Nov. 17, 2021: No Time to Die’s title song won song – feature film at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, according to Billboard.

Nov. 18, 2021: Matthew Belloni, a former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, writes for Puck that No Time to Die is projected to pass F9: The Fast Saga’s $721 million and be the 2021 box office champ among major studios.

Nov. 21, 2021: No Time to Die passes F: The Fast Saga. The Bond movie’s worldwide box office was listed by Box Office Mojo at $734.1 million by early afternoon.

Nov. 23, 2021: The Hollywood Reporter interviews MGM film executive Pamela Abdy. Here’s the Bond portion. It’s in Q&A format.

I might as well get this out of the way. Who is going to be the next 007 now that Daniel Craig is done?

It’s wide open. We’ve had very early preliminary conversations with Barbara [Broccoli] and Michael [Wilson], but we wanted Daniel to have his last hurrah.

Nov. 30, 2021: The Hollywood Reporter publishes a story about No Time to Die editors Tom Cross and Elliott Graham. An excerpt:

The pair knew they would need to deliver the thrilling action and suspense that Bond fans expect while also balancing the action with an emotional story — a “character-driven drama that has action,” in Graham’s words. Cross recalls producer Barbara Broccoli stressing “how important it was to make it emotional, above all else.”

Dec. 3, 2021: The No Time to Die campaign for Oscars and other awards has been going on for a while now. But one example surfaced on Reddit (h/t @CorneelVF for spotting it) that shows this may go on for months and months. One has to wonder whether to search for a new Bond actor will go to the back burner in the interim.

Dec. 13, 2021: No Time to Die receives a nomination for film best song from the Golden Globes.

Dec. 20, 2021: Empire comes out with an online version of its feature story on Cary Fukunaga. About the ending:

The exact nature of that climactic moment took a little while to come together – and the filmmakers hit upon the specifics once shooting was already underway, the circumstances of Bond’s demise being left intentionally “a bit loose” when production began. “I was really struggling, because it couldn’t be conventional action,” Fukunaga explains. “It couldn’t just be a demonic device, it had to be tied into the central theme of the story.” Notably, that Bond has a family now – which dovetailed neatly with the DNA-tagged virus proliferated by Rami Malek’s villainous Safin. Cue machinations that lead to 007 himself becoming infected, unable to see his daughter again without killing her.

Dec. 21, 2021: The Hollywood Reporter publishes the “shortlists” for 10 Oscar categories from which the nominees will be selected. No Time to Die shows up in best score (a group that also includes Dune, also scored by Hans Zimmer); makeup and hairstyling; best song; sound; and visual effects.

Dec. 30, 2021: Variety publishes a story where Daniel Craig, Cary Fukunaga, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson talk about the decision to kill Craig’s Bond in No Time to Die.

Jan. 6, 2021: All good things must end. And so it is with the Bond 25 timeline. No Time to Die is almost finished in theaters, with about $774 million global, $613.3 million international and $160.8 million in the U.S., according to Box Office Mojo. It remains to be seen how No Time to Die will fare with major movie awards, including the Oscars.

However, the saga will continue with….


UPDATE (Jan. 19, 2022): United Artists Releasing, the joint venture between MGM and Annapurna that distributed NTTD in the U.S., made a copy of the “final” script available as part of a push for film awards. According to that script, Bond’s boat in Jamaica was called “Happenstance.” That evokes a quote from the Goldfinger novel where the title villain says happenstance happens once, coincidence twice and the third time “it’s enemy action.” An homage?