Compiled by Bill Koenig
PART TWO: PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY
(CLICK HERE to view PART ONE: HIATUS AND PRE-PRODUCTION)
After uncertainty whether its star would return and a pre-production period full of confusion and unexpected twists, Bond 25 moves into principal photography in April 2019.
The cameras. loaded with film (rather than digital recording devices), begin rolling.
April 28, 2019: Production is scheduled to begin this day, according to an April 25 press release from the official 007 website of Eon Productions.
April 28, 2018: Director Cary Fukunaga sends a clapperboard photo on his Instagram account and Eon’s official 007 Twitter feed tweets it out.
— James Bond (@007) April 28, 2019
April 29, 2019: The Daily Mail publishes a story mostly featuring photos of Daniel Craig during the first day of Bond 25 shooting.
April 29, 2019: Director Cary Fukunaga, on his Instagram account, posts a photo of director of photography Linus Sandgren working with an Imax camera.
April 29, 2019: The James Bond Brasil fansite posts a tweet that embeds video from SplashNews.com with some footage of Bond 25 filming. (Mostly Daniel Craig.) The video has spoiler warnings, though at first glance I’m not sure what the spoiler is (unless that refers to the extremely spoiler adverse who consider press releases spoilers.) Anyway, I’m just linking to the tweet and not embedding.
April 29, 2019: The Sun has a clickbait-y story about “fussy” Daniel Craig. One tidbit among the flotsam is a tidbit that says the Jamaican shoot for Bond 25 will be three weeks. If that tidbit is accurate (I know I’m stretching), that’s something.
April 30, 2019: Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga posts another B25-related photo on Instagram. An old Range Rover is on a small barge is being towed by a speedboat.
April 30, 2019: Something called The Hot Corn posted a video on YouTube of Bond 25 filming. Not much audio, just images. I’m posting the link but not embedding the video.
May 1, 2019: The James Bond Brasil website publishes a tweet that embeds a slide show of new Bond 25 “behind the scenes” images. If you want to check it out, CLICK HERE. If not, don’t click.
May 2, 2019: Fangoria editor Phil Nobile Jr., doing some sleuthing of photos taken of the Bond 25 production in Jamaica, raises the possibility on Twitter that based on one photo, that Jamaica may also double for a well-known island nation in the general vicinity. On May 3, the MI6 James Bond website replies via tweet that the casting of one woman cast member may fit in with that.
May 2, 2019: Lea Seydoux is interviewed by the French outlet Madame Figaro. One translated quote (h/t to @Bond25Film), regarding Bond 25: “I don’t have the right to talk about it. I read a scene in the film. The script is always changing.”
May 3, 2019: The MI6 James Bond website, in another response via Twitter to Phil Nobile Jr., references a Bond 25 story element based on the state of script four weeks prior to shooting. It’s somewhat vague (my guess is deliberately so) but I’m only providing the link and not embedding. The tweet was a reaction to a May 1 tweet by Nobile with another Bond 25 theory based on available images.
May 4, 2019: The Sun tabloid runs some more photos from the Bond 25 location. As an aside, this is starting to become routine. I may not be posting these links much longer.
May 5, 2019: Haphazard Stuff has a video review of the Bond 25 streaming event in Jamaica.
May 8, 2019: The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast has an interview with Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She doesn’t talk about Bond 25 until the last couple of minutes. She says “we’ll see” what feminist humor she can get into the movie and that she’s trying to make the female characters more real.
Early May (I don’t have exact date): MGM has an investor call to discuss first-quarter financial results. Christopher Brearton, chief operating officer, says, Bond 25 is Daniel Craig’s final appearance as Bond.
May 9, 2019: British GQ posts a video interview with Naomie Harris. Among other things, she discusses Bond 25 script secrecy and the impact that having Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a writer will have on the movie.
May 9, 2019: Baz Bamigboye Is Back In Action Again! The Daily Mail scribe has a story saying Bond 25 is being rewritten by a committee consisting of director Cary Fukunaga, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and star Daniel Craig. The latter, of course, once said he wasn’t a writer. Apparently, the plot is more or less settled but dialogue is up for grabs.
May 10, 2019: Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga posts a photo of Jamaica on Instagram. He writes: “It’s a wrap on Jamaica, next up…” No additional details.
May 10, 2019: The Daily Mail has a feature story (by a writer other than Bamigboye) about Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Concerning Bond 25, she says, “We have a script and we’re continuing to work on it, all of us floating ideas around and creating characters together.”
May 11, 2019: The MI6 James Bond website has a story summarizing Waller-Bridge’s comments on the Hollywood Reporter podcast. It adds this note: “Contrary to media coverage of when she was revealed as joining the production, MI6 understands that Waller-Bridge had started collaborating on Bond 25 much earlier in the year and was not a ‘last minute’ addition.”
May 11, 2019: The Daily Mail tabloid has a story that there’s speculation that Grace Jones, 70, may do a cameo in Bond 25. It quotes a source but things don’t sound nailed down. The unidentified source is quoted as saying, “Word is that Grace is coming in to film a scene with Daniel Craig.” “Word is” sounds a little lame to me, but OK. The New York Post had said in an April 25 story (see Part I of the timeline) that Jones would be in the film.
May 12, 2019: Cinema Today, a Japanese outlet, publishes a story based on an interview with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson conducted in late April. According to a translation from Japanese, the story has a spoiler (not substantial) about a Bond 25 scene with Ben Whishaw’s Q. The producers say that director Cary Fukunaga recruited Scott Z. Burns as a screenwriter while they brought in Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Wilson says work on the script “struggled for a while” but the story has “a lot of twists and surprises.”
May 12, 2019: Cinema Today also publishes an interview with director Cary Fukunaga. According to a translation, he says he had been considered for the Bond 25 job in 2017 before Danny Boyle was hired. He says he’s been working “120 percent” on the film’s story since September. He also says he had something more to say about the Madeline Swann character played by Lea Seydux in SPECTRE.
May 13, 2019: The Sun claims in a story saying that Daniel Craig has injured his ankle during Bond 25 filming in Jamaica.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail runs a similar story about Craig’s reported injury.
May 14, 2019: On episode 0011 of the James Bond & Friends podcast, James Page of the MI6 James Bond website said that site’s sources indicated there was a Bond 25 title ready for the April reveal event. However, Page said, Eon Productions’ studio partners wanted to hold off to see if something better could be developed. The discussion occurs at about the 36:00 mark of the podcast.
May 14, 2019: The Independent publishes an interview with Naomie Harris. She says it’s “still open” whether Daniel Craig return as Bond after Bond 25. Harris said Craig himself doesn’t know.
May 14, 2019: The Mirror gets into the act, re: whether Craig was injured or not. The story has photos of Craig talking to Fukunaga, saying in a caption that things seemed tense between the two. The story says Craig injured himself after this. But the phrasing is curious. It has phrases such as “it is believed.” This reads to me like the Mirror is summarizing The Sun without actually mentioning its rival. Caveat Emptor.
May 14, 2019: The Sun Is Back In Action Again! Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid publishes a story that Craig’s ankle injury was not as bad as first thought and he’ll be back to work “within the week.” So get ready for a new round of stories summarizing the tabloid.
May 15, 2019: The New York Post’s Page Six gossip operation weighs in with its own story about Daniel Craig’s injury. It says Craig slipped on a dock. It quotes an “insider” it doesn’t identify as saying “some were snickering” about the actor getting hurt so early during production. Whatever. (Reminder: the Post, like the Sun, is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.)
May 15, 2019: The Daily Mail is at it again, with a story with a lot of Daniel Craig during Bond 25 filming along with his “eye-popping muscles.” More rehashing of his injury and other background is included.
May 17, 2019: Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga posts a photo of himself apparently viewing B25 footage during the Jamaica shoot. (If you click, there are no real spoilers.)
May 18, 2019: The Gleaner, the Kingston, Jamaica, newspaper, runs a story indicating there is still some Bond 25 work underway. It discusses Jamaicans working on the film.
May 18, 2019: Cary Fukunaga posts a short video on Instagram shot through a windshield of a rainy scene. He labels it “Saturday scouts.” One of the comments left for the video is, “Welcome to Scotland…” However, the MI6 James Bond website advises via Twitter than Bond 25 is scheduled to film in northern Norway during the first half of June.
May 19, 2019: The Sun says an “intimacy coach” has been hired so actors feel comfortable during Bond 25 sex scenes.
May 20, 2019: Variety posts a tweet that has a snippet of an interview with Lea Seydoux where she says she hasn’t started filming Bond 25 yet. She says she’s working on another film.
May 21, 2019: Filmweb Norway posts a short video on its Instagram page showing what the Bond 25 second unit has been up to. The video does provide a spoiler. It begins with a helicopter with a mounted camera.
May 22, 2019: Eon Productions, via its Instagram account, confirms that Daniel Craig did suffer an injury and that he will undergo ankle surgery. Eon says Bond 25 filming continues and it will meet the April 2020 release date.
May 23, 2019: The Sun, following up on Eon’s statement, says Daniel Craig was scheduled to have his surgery “today.” (Not sure if that’s literally the day the story was published online or, possibly the “today” the story will be in its print edition.)
May 24, 2019: The Daily Mail has a story with photos of Daniel Craig at Pinewood Studios on May 23. The photos were taken from a distance and the actor “appeared in pain.” Craig also has a goatee.
May 24, 2019: Bond 25 cast member Ana de Armas posts a short video on Instagram after spending five days in London. No B25 spoilers. h/t @CorneelVF
May 25, 2019: An entity called Hawkswood Films sends out a tweet that embeds a photo of a letter sent from B25 Ltd. dated May 22 to people who live nearby Pinewood Studios. It advises there will be an action scene filmed that will be noisy. You can click on the link to the tweet to read the letter for yourself. It may contain spoilers so be warned. (Personally, I would say no, but people have different interpretations of what spoilers are.) I tried to make this entry as spoiler-free as possible.
May 26, 2019: The BBC posts a video about Ita O’Brien, who has served as intimacy coordinator on some BBC productions. O’Brien choreographs, among other things, kissing scenes and sex scenes. Bond 25 is mentioned toward the end. O’Brien has no first-hand knowledge about B25, but says she was glad to read the film would have an intimacy coordinator.
May 27, 2019: A Norwegian outlet, rbnett.no, runs a story about a Bond 25 action sequence to be filmed June 5-7 on the Atlantic Road. Most of it is behind a paywall. But I read a translation of its sub-headline. I’ll avoid any more of a description. h/t The James Bond Dossier, which spotted it first. If you want to read more (and don’t mind spoilers), you can view a May 28 story at The Express, which summarizes things in English. That story says Daniel Craig is “back on set” but I don’t know if that’s really correct.
May 30, 2019: The Tourism Board of Norway publishes a post on Twitter with photos of a mountain and a coastal road (the latter being the Atlantic Ocean Road) it says will be in Bond 25.
May 30, 2019: Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail has a story that Bond 25 concerns “genetic warfare” and one reason Phoebe Waller-Bridge was hired as a writer was to make it understandable to audiences.
May 31, 2019: Deadline: Hollywood publishes an interview with Phoebe Waller-Bridge about Bond 25. She says the James Bond character is still relevant but the films need to evolve and treat women better. She also says the story is good shape. “So, I was really excited about writing dialogue for (Daniel Craig). I mean, the script was there. It’s already there. I think it’s unfair to say that I’m writing the script.”
June 1, 2019: The Mirror runs a story describing a supposedly never-before-done stunt in Bond 25.
June 3, 2019: David Arnold tells Variety’s Jon Burlingame that, “It’s a no-news situation,” whether the composer returns to the 007 film series after an -year absence. “I’ve heard nothing. But my pencil is always sharpened for him if James comes around again.” This is consistent with comments Arnold has made on social media when asked by fans.
June 4, 2019: A explosion occurs during Bond 25 filming, causing some damage to the 007 Stage and a minor injury to a crew member, Eon’s official 007 Twitter feed announces. No immediate details.
Expanded entry: The Eon post on Twitter followed a story by The Sun that made the situation sound more serious, including the crew member’s injury. It describes a “lockdown” at the studio.
June 4, 2019: Hawkswood Films, in a Twitter post, has a photo of a May 28 letter from B25 Ltd. concerning a planned shooting schedule at Pinewood that will generate loud noises. Dates: June 5-7, June 10-14 and June 17-21. According to the letter, work would occur 18:00-4:00 (6 p.m.-4 a.m.)
June 5, 2019: The Daily Mail publishes a story saying Daniel Craig was at work on Bond 25 the same day as the 007 Stage explosion. “It’s not going to blow up on me is it?” the actor quipped, according to the tabloid. A lot of the explosion details are from The Sun.
June 5, 2019: James Bond Brasil, in a post on Twitter, includes a video the website says is of Bond 25 filming in Norway. This would constitute a spoiler for many so I’m only including the link here. The Norway shoot apparently is being done by the second unit because director Cary Fukunaga had an Instagram post indicating he’s in London. He also writes (referering to person on the cover of a magazine seen in the post): “At least I can be the death of @dopequeenpheebs (if things ever go wrong with #britishbaekoff )
June 5, 2019: Dagbladet posts a video on YouTube of Bond 25 filming in Norway. Looks similar to the video that James Bond Brasil posted.
June 5, 2019: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the U.K. says it is making “initial inquiries” into the 007 Stage explosion, according to a story by Yahoo! Movies.
June 5, 2019: The Sun runs its own story about the HSE examination of the 007 Stage explosion. It has more details, attributed to people it doesn’t identify. Example: HSE employees “marched in with their briefcases and told the Bond bigwigs they were investigating what had gone on. It takes a lot of put Bond in his place, but this lot have.”
June 7, 2019: The serious Guardian newspaper does a roundup of Bond 25 developments. Even The Guardian now raises the question of whether there’s a Bond 25 “curse.”
June 8, 2019: The Independent publishes a feature story about Phoebe Waller-Bridge. There’s a passing reference to how she’s completed her work on the Bond 25 script.
June 9, 2019: The Sun comes out with a story saying Daniel Craig and Rami Malek won’t be able to film scenes together at the same time. The tabloid also amps up the rhetoric, now calling Bond 25 “doomed” instead of just “cursed.”
June 10, 2019: The Daily Mail runs a story with a lot of photos of Daniel Craig at John F. Kennedy International Airport wearing a “boot” over his injured left ankle. He was photographed the day before, June 9.
June 14, 2019: Director Cary Fukunaga posts a photo of a crew member holding an over-sized clapperboard representing how a Bond 25 scene was to be filmed in Imax. The official 007 Twitter account of Eon Productions also puts out the photo. It appears the production wants to remind everyone it’s still proceeding.
June 14, 2019: Entertainment Weekly (whose print edition is being cut to monthly) posts a story about Ben Whishaw. Toward the end of the story Whishaw says he still hasn’t seen the Bond 25 script in whole. “I love the character. I can’t wait to play him again,” the actor told EW. “I have not read a script yet, which is a little bit alarming given that I’m filming in two weeks time.”
June 14, 2019: The Daily Mail has a story with additional photos of damage to the 007 Stage complex from the June 4 explosion. Much of the text is background.
June 15, 2019: The official 007 Twitter account of Eon Productions tweets a photo of Daniel Craig working out, saying he’ll be doing Bond 25 shooting in the coming week. Between this and Fukanaga’s photo the previous day, it appears Eon is finally trying to reclaim the Bond 25 narrative from the tabloids.
— James Bond (@007) June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019: The Mirror tabloid publishes a feature about Rami Malek’s stunt double. I didn’t read much, but I’m passing along for those who might be interested.
June 16, 2019: The Sun publishes a story saying Daniel Craig “and film execs are worried that his left ankle recovery will impact on his ability to keep his left knee and leg muscles – which have been ravaged by injury – strong enough…It is now a fight against time to get Craig ‘up to speed’ for a hectic schedule of on set chases planned later this month.”
June 17, 2019: Eon’s official 007 Twitter feed posts a GIF of the gunbarrel from Casino Royale. The caption: “A new week. A new beginning.” Doesn’t take a lot of imagination to believe this refers to Daniel Craig’s return for Bond 25 filming.
June 17, 2019: The Sun vs. Bond 25 war continues. The tabloid runs a story saying a location shoot (which location wasn’t specified) was delayed because director Cary Fukunaga was late because of playing video games. “A large number of crew were waiting on location when he eventually turned up three hours after his anticipated arrival time….And to make up for lost time Cary’s senior production staff then told the disgruntled crew they would be required to work over the weekend, which included Father’s Day — which many refused to do.”
June 17, 2019: ITV publishes an interview with Danny Boyle about his film Yesterday (where one person remembers the music of The Beatles). There are some Bond 25 quotes from the director. ” It would have been very neat to go from Beatles to Bond, that would have been very cute, no, sadly we kind of parted company, we were working on it for quite a while and then we parted companies….It’s a producers’ film really in a way and they just, they just didn’t see it the way we saw it and when you have those huge films you have to have harmony, at script stage anyway.”
June 17, 2019: Entertainment Weekly’s website runs a feature on Naomie Harris. It says, among other things, that Harris will begin her Bond 25 work on Wednesday, June 19.
June 17, 2019: A writer named Adam Tanswell says on Twitter he interviewed Rami Malek in New York about Mr. Robot. The tweet says Malek has also interviewed some Bond 25 scenes. No details.
UPDATED ENTRY, June 18, 2019: Tanswell gets a question and has a follow-up tweet. He writes that Malek is “filming Mr Robot in New York, but went overseas to do a little filming for Bond recently. He has more Bond filming overseas soon, too.”
June 18, 2019: The website This Is Money publishes a story saying that the new Aston Martin Valhalla (price: 1.5 million pounds each) “will replace the Aston Martin DB10 as James Bond’s next car, we’ve been told.” The Aston DB5 (of course) and the 1980s V-8 Vantage will also be in Bond 25. Aston Martin has a press release about the Valhalla name being given to a car previously only identified with a code name, AM-RB 003. It doesn’t mention Bond 25. However a tweet about the This Is Money story was retweeted by Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin.
June 18, 2019: More Danny Boyle on Bond 25, this time from stories in Metro and The Sun. Boyle quote in Metro: “‘I learned my lesson that I am not cut out [for franchises] otherwise you’re digging in the same hole.” Quote from The Sun (said jokingly): “We had what we called creative differences. There is a joke about it that isn’t there – we thought we were being creative and they thought different.”
June 18, 2019: Cary Fukunaga goes on Instagram, apparently responding to The Sun’s story that claimed he held up Bond 25 filming while playing video games. “There’s not a minute on this job that isn’t scheduled, and even during a shoot day, in the hours before call, between takes and setups, and after we wrap there’s always a line of dedicated and hard working department heads hungry to prep our next sequences, no one sleeps on this kind of job. So sure it’s hard, but it’s still the best job in the world and I’d never disrespect the hardest working cast and crew. We’re all in this together. 🍀 As for my PS4 relationship, if my RDR2 progress is any indication, it’s been stunted at 63% for months and if anyone spoils the end for me before I wrap on B25 I’m going to be pissed.”
June 18, 2019: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has finished “an initial assessment” of the June 4 explosion and the matter is now closed without further action, according to a story by Yahoo! Movies.
June 19, 2019: The Sun comes out with a story saying Daniel Craig’s foot has healed enough to have his cast removed. It also says the Aston Martin Valhalla was delivered to Pinewood Studios. Information attributed to a source the tabloid didn’t identify. The source also says the movie is behind schedule.
June 19, 2019: Digital Spy posts a story where Rami Malek talks about Bond 25 to reporters. The session was on Monday, June 17. “We’ve already filmed in Norway for a week,” Malek is quoted as saying. “That’s where I got to work with [director] Cary Fukunaga and our incredible cinematographer, Linus Sandgren. They are a great team. So far, so good. So far, so great.”
Another quote: “But the thing is, Daniel (Craig) was injured, so they are shooting what they can. I talked to Cary yesterday and the schedule has been altered. I know that. But with a franchise like this, I think they have it together. They have it figured out by now.”
June 19, 2019: The website of James Bond Radio, in a story by Jack Lugo, analyzes how the tabloids (particularly The Sun) have been covering Bond 25. It specifically looks at how The Sun kicks out a story shortly after the Eon side tries to get in front.
June 20, 2019: Aston Martin, via Twitter, confirms its lineup of cars in Bond 25. Included is the new Valhalla. The announcement was made after Prince Charles visited Pinewood Studios and the Bond 25 cast, an event chronicled by the Daily Mail.
June 20, 2019: The Royal Family Channel posts a video on YouTube of the visit by Prince Charles.
June 20, 2019: News 5 posts a video of the visit of Prince Charles that runs for more than 21 minutes. If you watch it and you’re spoiler adverse, hit mute. No major spoilers but a few secrets get revealed when Charles chats with the cast.
June 21, 2019: The Washington Post weighs in with a feature story about Bond 25. Nothing really new, but it provides a roundup of events since filming.
June 25, 2019: Eon posts a video of the Bond 25 crew working in Jamaica.
June 25, 2019: The MI6 James Bond website posts an analysis of the 1-minute promotional video.
June 26, 2019: The MI6 James Bond website posts a tweet suggesting A Reason to Die had been rejected as a Bond 25 title. The tweet includes an image of a red “X” and the date of April 24, 2019 (the day before the Jamaica “reveal”).
June 27, 2019: The MI6 site publishes a story explaining what happened. Eon Productions conferred with its studio partners and the decision was made not to go with A Reason to Die the night before the event in Jamaica.
June 27, 2019: The AV Club posts an interview with Rory Kinnear. It mentions he has started work on Bond 25.
June 28, 2019: Oh for crying out loud. Bang Showbiz says that Daniel Craig wants Adele (co-writer and performer of Skyfall’s title song) to come back for Bond 25. If this is true, perhaps Craig should worry more about his *general* conditioning (beyond lifting weights as well as avoiding future ankle injuries) and less about title song performers.
Expanded entry: Apparently this tripe originated with the Daily Star. Whatever.
June 30, 2019: The Mirror returns with a breathless story saying Bond’s wife will get killed and he’ll be depressed. Bond depressed during the Daniel Craig era? Shock and awe!
June 30, 2019: Eon’s official 007 Twitter feed posts a short video of Daniel Craig getting out of the Aston Martin V8.
June 30, 2019: The Daily Mail runs a story with a number of photos of Bond 25 filming in London.
June 30, 2019: Eon’s official 007 Twitter account posts a photo of Daniel Craig walking with the Aston Martin V8 behind him. It’s a shot some fans comment is the best promotional shot Bond 25 has had so far.
June 30, 2019: The Sun is at it again. The tabloid runs a story saying Grace Jones, who supposedly was going to a Bond 25 cameo, stormed off after finding out her part was, well, small. The cameo has never been confirmed in the first place. This doesn’t stop The Sun from proclaiming that Bond 25 is “doomed.”
July 1, 2019: Director Cary Fukunaga posts a photo of himself and first assistant director Jon Mallard on Instagram. “Working out the puzzle of “order of shooting” with 1st AD Jon Mallard. AD’s make everything work, absolutely everything, and also get the flack when things don’t go as expected. All the guts and rarely glory. Jon’s done True Detective, Beasts Of No Nation, Maniac with me, all of which were doozies. thanks Jon #Bond25.”
July 2, 2019: IndieWire reports that Dan Romer, who has worked with Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga on a film and a 10-episode TV series, will score the new Bond film. Romer puts out a tweet that appears to confirm the news.
— Dan Romer (@Dan_romer) July 2, 2019
July 2, 2019: The Sun publishes a story quoting “a spokesperson” (not identified) for Bond 25 saying the film will still make its April 3, 2020 release date in the U.K. The story then mostly rehashes the various difficulties the production has experienced.
July 4, 2019: Haphazard Stuff posts a video “dramatization” of Bond 25 production. The final gag should appeal to the way fans view the tabloids.
July 5, 2019: Bond 25 cast member Lashana Lynch puts out a non-spoiler tweet from the B25 production.
July 5, 2019: Early in July, local Italian press report Gravina di Puglia has been added to Italian shooting locations for Bond 25. On July 5, The James Bond Dossier provides a roundup with a link. The MI6 James Bond website also has a story.
July 6, 2019: The Daily Mail runs a story with photos of Naomie Harris on the Bond 25 set with Daniel Craig.
July 7, 2019: The BBC website carries a story saying the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) won’t be investigating the June 4 explosion that damaged the 007 Stage. That’s basically what Yahoo Movies reported back on June 18. I’m not sure why it took the BBC this long.
July 9, 2019: Cary Fukunaga posts a video about testing LEDs on a new Jaguar. @Bond25Film embedded the video in a tweet.
July 9, 2019: James Bond Magasinet says on Instagram that it has talked to title designer Daniel Kleinman, who indicates he’ll be working on Bond 25. Quote from Kleinman: “I have started having ideas for B25, and met with @cary_fukunaga who is a very nice talented man. It’s very early days for my process, there is no title or song as yet, but I’m already excited to be thinking about visuals for the main titles.”
July 9, 2019: Two indications that Bond 25 will film in Scotland. First a tweet:
6 x 1125 litre extended road tow water bowsers and 6 x 1125 litre standard road tow water bowsers going to a customer who is supplying the new James Bond filmset in Scotland #locationservices #location #waterbowser #watertrailer #eventprofs #drinkingwater #jamesbond #planthire pic.twitter.com/JGHd9iFfJz
— trailerengineering (@trailerengineer) July 9, 2019
The MI6 James Bond website also reports filming in Scotland in a tweet.
July 10, 2019: The Telegraph runs a lengthy story about Bond 25 and the state of the franchise. Much of the story rehashes Bond 25’s history. The headline asks why does everyone want Bond 25 to fail. But at the end, it goes to Bond’s side. “Bond does does need a reboot, but Craig deserves to go out with a bang. We should be willing Bond 25 to be a huge success, not a failure. Here’s hoping Daniel Craig’s Bond saves the day.” OK.
July 10, 2019: Italian outlet Sassilive runs a short item saying there will be a July 12 press conference in Matera, Italy, about how Bond 25 filming will affect the area.
July 11, 2019: Rodrigo Perez of The Playlist posts a story, basically taking a victory lap about Waltz returning for Bond 25. He had a tweet (but not a story) back on April 25 saying Waltz would play Blofeld again. That tweet was cited in Part I of the Bond 25 timeline.
July 11, 2019: You can read Bamigoye’s story by CLICKING HERE. The scribe claims Waltz as Blofeld in Bond 25 has been top secret “until now.” Yeah, except for those who reported it before him.
July 12, 2019: Sassilive carries a story about the press conference concerning Bond 25 in the Matera area in Italy. According to a translation by Google, filming will begin between Aug. 19 and 16. Filming will last four weeks. About 12 million euros ($13.5 million) will be spent and extras will be needed.
July 12, 2019: Bond 25 filming occurs outdoors in London. Eon’s official 007 feed on Twitter posts a clapperboard shot (scene 155). Daniel Craig films scenes with Ralph Fiennes and Rory Kinnear in what looks like a cemetery. The Express has a story with photos. Phil Nobile Jr. posts photos from W8Media in THIS TWEET and THIS TWEET
July 13, 2019: The Mail on Sunday (sister publication to the Daily Mail) says that, indeed, Lashana Lynch’s Bond 25 character is the new 007 after Bond had departed MI6. The theory has been out there for a while but this is the first time (that I’m aware of) where a publication has gone out on that limb. Additional tidbit: The phrase “Bond girl” is now forbidden at the production, with “Bond woman” now in its place.
July 15, 2019: The Daily Mail posts a story saying a “‘container hotel’ that can house a crew of around 300 people has been built at Aviemore in the in the Cairngorms National Park” in Scotland for Bond 25 filming.
July 15, 2019: The Sun runs a story that has a couple of photos of Lashana Lynch filming Bond 25 scenes with Daniel Craig. The photos are from the Jamaica shoot. The tabloid runs another story saying crew members are staying in shipping containers while the cast stays in a resort.
July 16, 2016: Actor Jeffrey Wright takes to Twitter to answer a critic of the idea that Lashana Lynch’s character will have the 007 number after Bond leaves MI6.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) July 16, 2019
July 16, 2019: STV posts a tweet with a short video of what it says is a video of a Bond 25 car chase being filmed.
Live and let drive!
— STV News (@STVNews) July 16, 2019
July 16, 2019: The BBC’s website: has a story about Bond 25 filming in the Highlands.
July 16, 2019: The CIA (!) gets into the Bond 25 act, posting a tweet that references recent events.
— CIA (@CIA) July 16, 2019
July 17, 2019: Being James Bond does a video commentary about recent events.
July 18, 2019: The Scottish Sun runs a story with photos of the car chase being filmed in Scotland.
July 20, 2019: Ana de Armas posts a photo where she is either bald or is wearing a bald cap on Instagram. No way to tell if this has anything to do with Bond 25 or not.
July 21, 2019: Cary Fukunaga posts some video on his Instagram with the title “Morning Commute.” Shots from a helicopter looking down on Scottland. You can also view the idea which is embedded in THIS TWEET by @Bond25Film.
July 22, 2019: Eon’s official 007 account on Twitter puts out a post that includes a photo of what it describes as Aston-Martin’s Bond 25 workshop.
July 22, 2019: Aston Martin publishes a Twitter post of the Bond 25 workshop (different photo than Eon’s).
July 26, 2019: Weekend, part of the Daily Mail, publishes a feature story on Naomie Harris. Some quotes about the Bond character: “We’re seeing a real evolution of his character. He’s now having equal relationships with the female characters and he’s emotionally attached, making real connections. There’s real respect for the women in his life….’There are now four women in the script and they all have incredibly strong roles and play a huge part in driving the story forward and assisting Bond.”
July 27, 2019: The Mirror claims in a story that Ed Sheeran is “being lined up” to perform Bond 25’s title song because Daniel Craig is a fan. (Wait. Didn’t Craig want Adele to come back? Oh, never mind.) Consume with the amount of salt you deem appropriate.
July 27, 2019: The Daily Mail has a story with photos of the Aston Martin Valhalla showing up during Bond 25 filming in Scotland.
July 28, 2019: Blasting News Italy has a story saying that Bond 25 will start selecting 900 extras starting Aug. 1.
Aug. 1, 2019: The Isle of Wight County Press publishes a story about how the Bond 25 crew has been filming in Ventnor. “Filming off the coast of the Isle of Wight from July 21 onwards, keen-eyed 007 fans caught sight of a naval ship and a helicopter landing in conjunction with the filming,” according to the report.
Aug. 2, 2019: When things get confusing and hard to follow, there’s only ONE MAN you can turn to — Haphazard Stuff again analyzes Bond 25 developments.
Aug. 3, 2019: Marcos Kontze, who runs the James Bond Brasil website, takes to Twitter to post what he says is Bond 25 information from an insider. It’s a mix of things, from additional Italian locations to possible titles (Woman Genoma or Genoma of a Woman), possible title song performers (Ed Sheerhan, supposedly a favorite of Danel Craig), plot points and behind the scenes dynamics (such as Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig’s wife, having some B25 influence). The information originally was in Italian and Kontze translated to English (and confirmed again) before posting. If you want to read, click on this link. If you’re spoiler adverse, don’t.
Aug. 3, 2019: Marcos Kontze puts out a follow-up Tweet. It reads in part: “To be honest, I also didn’t believe in everything the source told me, specially the title, but he/she proved to me to be an insider in the Italian sets and crew meetings, so I thought I had to share it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯”
Aug. 3, 2019: Cary Fukunaga posts a photo on Instagram of Italian coastline that apparently figures into Bond 25 filming.
Aug. 3, 2019: The Sun publishes a story saying that the Bond 25 production team discussed the possibility that Prince Charles could play a cameo role when the prince visited the B25 set. The Sun claims the prince is considering it. The Sun says producers are anxious for it to happen, that it would lift the cloud of being a cursed film. The latter, of course, has been a Sun talking point.
Aug. 6, 2019: I wish I were making this up. The Express published a story based on the Marcos Kontze tweets (including the one where he said he didn’t believe everything his source told him). Thankfully, I am not near a wall. Otherwise, I’d be slamming my head against it.
Aug. 6, 2019: The MI6 James Bond website reports that Brigitte Millar, who appeared in 2015’s SPECTRE as a character who worked for that organization, will return in Bond 25.
Aug. 6, 2019: MGM reports second-quarter financial results. COO Christopher Brearton says on an investor call that Bond 25 is “progressing on schedule.”
Aug. 7, 2019: The Hollywood Reporter publishes a story saying Annapurna Pictures is studying whether to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Annapurna and MGM are partners in the United Artists Releasing joint venture that will release Bond 25 in the U.S. Annapurna founder Megan Ellison criticizes unnamed media outlets but doesn’t actually deny the THR story.
Aug. 7, 2019: Deadline: Hollywood also has an Annapurna story. Larry Ellison, Oracle co-founder and Megan Ellison’s father, reportedly is negotiating with banks but playing hardball. Larry Ellison may bail out his daughter or the company may file for Chapter 11.
Aug. 8, 2019: Cary Fukunaga posts a photo on Instagram. If it’s Bond 25 related, it’s in a vague way.
Aug. 12, 2019: Phoebe Waller-Bridge briefly makes some Bond 25 comments in an interview with an outlet called GoldDerby. She says she’s done working on Bond 25, it was just a polish, etc. The B25 comments start at the 13:48 mark.
Aug. 13, 2019: The Daily Mail publishes a story reporting that Sir Alex Younger, the real-life head of MI6 paid a visit to the Bond 25 set the preceding week. Among other things, Sir Alex shook hands with Ralph Fiennes, who plays M.
Aug. 14, 2019: The Hollywood Reporter publishes a long feature story on Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Bond 25 only takes up a small part of the story but there are tidbits: 1) She worked on the script in March and April while doing a stage production of Fleabag. 2) She is being paid $2 million for her Bond 25 work.
Aug. 16, 2019: Sassilive publishes an article saying filming in Matera, Italy, has been pushed back from Aug. 26 to the first week of September. According to a translation, the article says a lot of the filming will involve stunt personnel but that Daniel Craig will be around for at least one day. The outlet says 800 extras have been cast.
Aug. 16, 2019: TRM h24, an Italian outlet, does a story about what residents of Matera think about Bond 25 production.
Aug. 16, 2019: Sassilive also posted a tweet with a photo of one of the Aston Martin DB5 replicas apparently having been unloaded from a truck in Italy. CLICK HERE to see a Sassilive story that has a gallery of photos at the bottom (including the same DB5 replica photo).
Aug. 17, 2019: Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga takes to Instagram again, posting a photo of a crew member. The caption: “‘C’est moi qui fais le boom’ – Patrick Vo, Fight Coordinator on Bond 25, holding up a cute 200 foot mag for tight quarters and heavy action.”
Aug. 19, 2019: Deadline: Hollywood reports that Annapurna may be a close to a deal with banks and avoid bankruptcy. The entertainment site says that tech mogul Larry Ellison (father of Annapurna founder Megan Ellison) is offering banks 80 to 85 cents on the dollar of what is owed.
Aug. 20, 2019: Sassilive publishes a story about the arrival of Bond 25’s second unit in Italy.
Aug. 20, 2019: Eon Productions announces on its official James Bond website and social media outlets that Bond 25’s title is No Time to Die. There’s also a short video with the title.
Aug. 20, 2019: The font for the No Time to Die logo looks similar to The Love Boat (a long-running situation comedy on ABC that began in the 1970s) and Banyon, a private detective drama set in the 1930s that ran on NBC in the early 1970s.
Aug. 20, 2019: The James Bond MI6 website publishes a story summarizing issues about the title, font and other issues.
Aug. 20, 2019: Being James Bond analyzes the new title.
Aug. 20, 2019: Calvin Dyson also posts a video about the title.
Aug. 20, 2019: The Washington Post (?!) evaluates the Bond film series titles from worst to best No Time to Die comes in at No. 21. Quantum of Solace listed at No. 25. Dr. No listed as best title in the series.
Aug. 21, 2019: Island Echo website runs a story about filming at the Isle of Wight.
Aug. 21, 2019: Sassilive carries another story about filming in Italy. Story includes shots of a replica Aston Martin DB5.
Aug. 21, 2019: The Sun publishes a story about second-unit filming, which includes a stunt performer (a double for Daniel Craig) flying through the air.
Aug. 21, 2019: The Daily Mail also runs a story about the second-unit filming with photos of the same stunt double.
Aug. 22, 2019: The Onion satirical website does a story about supposed “man on the street” reaction to No Time to Die’s title and release date.
Aug. 23, 2019: The Daily Mail carries another story about second unit filming, including photographs of another stunt double on a motorcycle.
Aug. 23, 2019: The MI6 James Bond website has a story with photos and a video of filming in Italy.
Aug. 24, 2019: The BBC decides to probe the bigger importance of No Time to Die. Among its conclusions: “In recent years, (Daniel) Craig’s Bond has also begun to rally against the state spy machine and question his previously unwavering loyalty. For the first time he is a character striving for personal freedom and questioning his own existence. The existential crisis building within Bond in recent films mirrors deeper questions over his place in the modern world.”
Aug. 25, 2019: Filming begins in the Matera, Italy, area with work on a car chase involving a replica Aston Martin DB5. The Daily Mail publishes a story with photographs. Italian outlet publishes a story with stills and videos. The James Bond Dossier embeds a video in a tweet.
Aug. 26, 2019: Stephan Backman, who runs a spy-related website, takes to Twitter with a post labeled “World Exclusive.” “The James Bond team took the weekend off from filming NO TIME TO DIE. Craig, Fukunaga and Sandgren decided to go to Sweden for a relaxing weekend. Sandgren is from Sweden. This shows that the tensions on set reported in the British press are all fake news,” he writes. In a follow-up tweet (prompted by me) he adds: “I can´t show any proof. I just happen to know about 15 people who knows Linus Sandgren. The person who told me wished to stay anonymous. If you visit jamesbondthesexretagent.com you can see I am a serious Bond fan.”
Aug. 26, 2019: Variety reports that Annapurna Pictures has settled with lenders of $200 million in debt for 82 cents on the dollar. The deal was reached over the past few days before publication, Variety said. The move lifts a potential cloud from No Time to Die. Annapurna and MGM co-own United Artists Releasing, which will distribute the Bond film in the U.S.
Aug. 26, 2019: TMZ publishes a story with a video of DB5 filming in Italy.
Aug. 28, 2019: James Bond Brasil publishes a tweet saying Bond will “pilotar” the new Triumph Scrambler motorcycle in No Time to Die.
Aug. 28, 2019: Sassilive posts a tweet with more DB5 car chase video.
Aug. 29, 2019: An Italian outlet called il Caffe has a story about more Matera-area filming locations.
Aug. 29, 2019: Director Cary Fukunaga posts a photo on Instagram of one of the Aston Martin DB5. The caption reads: “When you see two actors on screen, intimate and seemingly alone in the world, usually what they see looks something like this…” The replica does not have the familiar BMT 216A license plate.
Aug. 29, 2019: Sassilive publishes a story detailing logistics about the ongoing filming in Matera.
Aug. 29, 2019: The James Bond Dossier runs a post compiling recent Matera filming developments. The post also embeds a video.
Aug. 29, 2019: The James Bond Dossier, which has a map of No Tie to Die filming locations, updates that map with Matera locations.
Aug. 29, 2019: The James Bond Dossier reports via Twitter that MGM is issuing “DMCA takedown notices” (where a copyright holder says something infringes on a copyrright) of tweets with No Time to Die video shot in public places. One twitter user confirms having tweets blocked.
Aug. 30, 2019: @NO_TIME_TO_DIE posts a Tweet with stills related to the Matera car chase filming.
Aug. 31, 2019: The MI6 James Bond website posts a Tweet with stills of a temporary structure built for the Matera filming.
Aug. 31, 2019: Sassilive publishes a story with details concerning traffic closures related to the car chase sequence being filmed.
Sept. 2, 2019: The MI6 James Bond website publishes a story that includes more stills and a video of the Matera car chase sequence.
Sept. 2, 2019: @springhousese posts a tweet that embeds another short video of car chase filming.
Sept. 3, 2019: Director Cary Fukunaga shares a photo on Instagram labeled, “Crew by Linus Sandgren.” It’s a big drawing of crew members.
Sept. 4, 2019: The James Bond Brasil website has a story saying that Lea Seydoux’s Madeline Swann will play a bigger role in No Time to Kill than many fans thought. (CLICK HERE to read a Google Translate version into English.)
Sept. 5, 2019: The Hollywood Reporter publishes a story about the DMCA “takedown” notices affecting fan sites. I was interviewed for the story. I haven’t embedded any of the videos myself, but this page has linked to some.
Sept. 5, 2019: @springhousese has a tweet that embeds a video of a helicopter being used in No Time to Die filming.
Sept. 6, 2019: The New York Times publishes an interview with Jeffrey Wright. He has a few No Time to Die tidbits. “Well, I think it’s known that Felix pulls James back into the game and away we go from there.” He’s also asked about who might be the next James Bond. “(C)an we at the very least finish this one and deliver it to folks before we speculate on what’s happening in the future? [Laughs] First things first, baby.”
Sept. 6, 2019: Director Cary Fukunaga posts a short video from Matera, Italy on Instagram.
Sept. 7, 2019: Entertainment Tonight (via its ET Canada Twitter feed) posts a short video of Daniel Craig at the Toronto International Film Festival. He repeats this is his last Bond film and he’s recovered from a broken ankle during Bond 25 filming.
Sept. 8, 2019: The Daily Mail publishes a story about Daniel Craig’s stunt double performed “a series of high-octane stunts.” It includes various images.
Sept. 8, 2019: Sassilive has a story saying Daniel Craig has arrived in Italy for No Time to Die filming. He had been in Toronto for the Toronto International Film Festival.
Sept. 9, 2019: Aeroporti di Puglia, a manager of Italian regional airports, posts a photo of Daniel Craig upon arrival in Italy.
Sept. 9, 2019: Eon’s official 007 Twitter account posts two photos from Matera: One of director Cary Fukunaga, Lea Seydoux and Daniel Craig, the other Seydoux and Craig.
Sept. 9, 2019: Some “B-Roll” from the photocall shows up on YouTube.
Sept. 9, 2019: Collider posts a story with more photocall stills, says it looks as if nobody is having fun.
Sept. 9, 2019: Sassilive has a story and stills about the photocall.
Sept. 10, 2019: The Daily Mail has a breathless story about Daniel Craig’s first day of filming in Matera. Story leads with makeup Craig is wearing to make him appear injured.
Sept. 10, 2019: The Just Jared site has similar pictures of Craig during Matera filming.
Sept. 10, 2019: Cary Fukunaga posts a photo of himself and Lea Seydoux on Instagram.
Sept. 11, 2019: Reuters posts a tweet with speeded up highlights of the car chase being filmed in Matera.
Sept. 11, 2019: Fangoria editor Phil Nobile Jr. catches a big oops. He posts a tweet that includes a photo from a tabloid (the Daily Mail) of Eon boss Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig. The caption to the Daily photo refers to Broccoli as a “female assistant.”
Sept. 11, 2019: Sky News gets into the act of tweeting NTTD video of the Matera car chase.
Sept. 11, 2019: The James Bond MI6 website runs a story about Matera filming with a lot of photos. One of the photos is the still with Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig where the Daily Mail wrote the bad caption.
Sept. 12, 2019: The Daily Mail runs another story about Matera filming with a lot of photos. The text is mostly background.
Sept. 13, 2019: The Daily strikes again with a Matera filming story. I didn’t get past the headline, which is spoiler enough. I’m probably don’t going to do any more of these type of updates. Fans I know have put together a pretty strong educated guess of how the sequence will play out. Click at your own peril.
Sept. 13, 2019: The Sun (this link to the story takes you to the paper’s sister tabloid, the New York Post) has a story asking whether someone close to Bond will die in No Time to Die. The Sun needed to do more research. It says Bond is an “MI5 spy.” Another tabloid oops for the week.
Sept. 14, 2019 (paper has Sept. 15 publication date): The Sun has a story about how No Time to Die features Bond in an “awkwardly polite kiss” instead of the normal Bond passionate kisses from previous movies. I didn’t read pass the headline (and the first couple of photos). Click if you want to learn more.
Sept. 16, 2019: Eon’s official 007 Twitter feed posts images of the Aston Martin DB5 replicas and says filming continues in Matera. The tweet doesn’t mention they are replicas with carbon fiber bodies, BMW engines, etc.
Sept. 17, 2019: The Daily Mail has yet another story in its endless series of Italy filming. This concerns an action scene and just the headline qualifies as a spoiler. For those so inclined, it’s another piece of the puzzle (some fans are constructing what the structure of the film may be like). For those inclined to click, feel free. For those who want to stay spoiler adverse, stand clear. I’m mostly avoiding looking partly because I’m getting tired of looking at this type of story.
Sept. 17, 2019: Two tweets embed a short video taken on a Matera balcony where director of photography Linus Sandgren and Lea Seydoux can be seen. ONE TWEET is from @NO_TIME_TO_DIE, while THE OTHER TWEET is from @springhousese. Appears to the same video in both. I’m linking to both in case there’s some small difference.
Sept. 19, 2019: A video of the No Time to Die crew at work with firearms surfaces (no spoiler). It’s embedded in this tweet from @NO_TIME_TO_DIE
Sept. 20, 2019: Cary Fukunaga posts a photo of himself leaning up against one of the DB5 replicas on Instagram.
Weekend of Sept. 21-22, 2019: Matera filming concludes of the world’s most overexposed car chase/action sequence. A Matera restaurant posts a photo on Instagram of the wrap party with Daniel Craig and admirer. In a separate Instagram post, another restaurant has a group photo that includes Michael G. Wilson and his son Gregg Wilson. @springhousese posts a tweet with three images of the party.
Sept. 24, 2019: Cary Fukunaga posts a photo of himself and DOP Linus Sandgren on Instagram. Caption: “Gazing as if an important creative decision hung in the balance, but in reality, the gelato arrived, and we were the farthest ones from it 📷”
Sept. 24, 2019: @HesselHVisser publishes A TWEET with a screen capture of an exchange Fukunaga had on Instagram. Funkunaga was urged to film a new gunbarrel for No Time to Die’s opening. The director replied with a thumbs up emoji. Some are interpreting this as a confirmation of a new gunbarrel. If it is, it’s not much of a surprise. Craig has gotten a different gunbarrel for each of his four previous films.
Sept. 25, 2019: A website called Guide to Faroe Islands has a post saying No Time to Die will do some filming on the islands. No real details (including how the site obtained the information) but the post includes photos of the scenery the islands can provide.
Sept. 26, 2019: The Daily Express publishes a story about potential No Time to Die spoilers in photos taken during the Matera, Italy, shoot. It references a character (Not Bond, Not Madeline Swann) who will figure into fan angst in June 2020 about spoilers.
Sept. 26, 2019: James Bond Brasil takes to social media (CLICK HERE for the Twitter version) to say the “teaser poster and trailer” for No Time to Die “are finished and about to be revealed to the world.” The MI6 James Bond website IN A REPLY ON TWITTER says, “They’ve been finished for 3-4 weeks. Held for JBD.” The latter is a reference to Global James Bond Day, Oct. 5. James Bond Brasil also says, “Sting and Jack Savoretti in final talks to sing the theme-tune for the movie.”
Sept. 26, 2019: Cary Fukunaga, on his Instagram account (click on his avatar) posted a short video shot through the passenger window of a plane of the aircraft taxiing on the ground. In very small letters are the words “good to be home” with a U.K. flag.
Sept. 26, 2019: The Daily Mail carries a story that includes photos of Lashana Lynch in costume for her No Time to Die role. Pictures taken during recent Italy shoot. I’m not saying anything more for the benefit of those seeking to remain spoiler free. If you consider the act of linking a spoiler, I can’t help you.
Sept. 26, 2019: Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail, who hasn’t written about Bond for months, has a story saying Phoebe Waller-Bridge “is being wooed” to write Bond 26. Also, his source hails Waller-Bridge as “the saviour” of Bond. Put another way, we’ve transitioned from the production being doomed to being great. Of course.
Oct. 4, 2019: The Express says No Time to Die filming has wrapped. (I’m not sure that’s correct.) That’s a brief mention in a story quoting a fan site saying the movie’s trailer will probably come out on Oct. 5 (“Global James Bond Day”) I’m not a fan of The Express but, OK, will note here.
Oct. 5, 2019: Teaser poster for No Time to Die is released.
Oct. 6, 2019: Calvin Dyson, maker of Bond-themed YouTube videos, posts his reaction to the teaser poster (and discusses other recent Bond-related events).
Oct. 6, 2019: Ana de Armas says via Twitter and Instagram that she’s returned to London and Pinewood Studios to resume work on No Time to Die. (So much for the accuracy of the recent story by The Express.)
Oct. 7, 2019: The British edition of GQ publishes an interview with Naomie Harris. Among other things, she says No Time to Die has “massive, massive surprises” and reflects how women can’t be eye candy anymore. She also says the movie ties up Skyfall and SPECTRE.
Oct. 7, 2019: Joe Darlington of Being James Bond posts a video looking at the teaser poster (and other James Bond Day topics).
Oct. 8, 2019: Haphazard Stuff provides a behind-the-scenes story of the No Time to Die teaser poster.
Oct. 9, 2019: The Sun (remember it?) has a story about how personnel at an RAF base were evacuated after a vehicle belonging to the No Time to Die production was left at the base. The Sun tells the tale in a snappier way that I summarized.
Oct. 11, 2019: Variety runs a story about writer Scott Z. Burns after giving him an award. He doesn’t talk much about NTTD but talks about how excited he was to get the job, how he never thought he’d work on a Bond film, etc. I thought it was interesting because the hiring of Burns caused a buzz early this year but the hiring of Phoebe Waller-Bridge subsequently overshadowed it.
Oct. 11, 2019: The Mirror publishes a story about how family members of the late Roger Moore like how Phoebe Waller-Bridge worked on No Time to Die’s script. Unintended humor: the story refers to Barbara Broccoli as the movie’s director, instead of producer.
Oct. 13, 2019: The Express has a story that questions whether No Time to Die leaks (via tabloids like the Express) “may threaten” the movie’s success? Really, Express?
Oct. 15, 2019: The Express is at it again, raising the question in a story whether Daniel Craig may return for Bond 26. None of the quotes presented are recent but it keeps Express scribe George Simpson off the streets.
Oct. 19, 2019: @Springhousese tweets a photo by a stuntman of the second unit celebrating the end of its work on No Time to Die. (The extreme spoiler adverse should take a pass on clicking, because the photo tells you a tiny bit.) The James Bond MI6 website has a follow-up tweet clarifying the second unit wrapped the evening of Oct. 18 while the first unit is still working.
Oct. 21, 2019: The Mirror runs a (DUBIOUS) story that director Cary Fukunaga has filmed three possible endings for No Time to Die. I label this “DUBIOUS” because the Mirror has run a lot of crap since 2016. Maybe it’s right, maybe it’s not. But when you’ve been as wrong as the Mirror has been, you don’t get the benefit of the doubt.
Oct. 22, 2019: Naomie Harris talks to Entertainment Tonight to promote a non-Bond film, Black and Blue. She says of No Time to Die that the female characters move the plot more than any other Bond film. Sorry, I don’t have a link. A friend showed me the clip.
Oct. 24, 2019: No Time to Die’s IMDB.COM ENTRY lists the production as being in post-production. IMDB isn’t foolproof but noting here.
Expanded entry: Instagram user Frankie Renda, a NTTD crew member posted a photo on Instagram of crew members posing together. @springhousese on Twitter posts a thread of other crew stills and short videos indicating everything has wrapped.
Oct. 24, 2019: An outlet called Magazinec publishes a story on Ana de Armas. It’s mostly about how she’s becoming famous. But she does have this to say about her role in No Time to Die…..wait for it…. ” The woman I’m portraying is different [than previous Bond girls]. It has some bubbles in it. It’s really fresh and exciting.” Good to see the Eon P.R. department is sticking with that standby. Seriously, Bond actresses have been saying this since at least 1997.
Oct. 24, 2019: The MI6 James Bond website puts out a tweet saying No Time to Die’s principal photography is scheduled to conclude Friday, Oct. 25. It says it’s awaiting confirmation from Eon. If that ends up being the date, it will be a shorter schedule than a number of recent Bond films.
Oct. 25, 2019: The Sun carries a story saying No Time to Die’s villain is an “eco-friendly evil mastermind.”
Oct. 25, 2019: The official Eon Twitter feed puts out a tweet saying No Time to Die has finished filming. The tweet includes a photo of director Cary Fukunaga and star Daniel Craig.
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