Compiled by Bill Koenig
PART THREE: POST-PRODUCTION, PUBLICITY…AND CORONAVIRUS
To view Part One, CLICK HERE.
To view Part Two, CLICK HERE
Oct. 25, 2019: Principal photography concludes. The 25th James Bond movie officially moves to post-production.
Oct. 25, 2019: Director Cary Fukunaga posts a photo on Instagram of a clapperboard along with the words, “It’s a wrap.”
Oct. 25, 2019: Actress Lashana Lynch posts a photo on Instagram of the cast and crew to celebrate the end of production.
Oct. 26, 2019: Empire magazine posts a story that includes an image of Daniel Craig in No Time to Die.
Oct. 26, 2019: The Mirror runs a story saying that in No Time to Die that James Bond marries Madeline Swann but she keeps her maiden name. Given the Mirror’s track record, I wouldn’t assume this is the case.
Oct. 27, 2019: Empire posts another online story promoting its 2020 Preview issue. It reveals that Rami Malek’s villain character is named Safin. Barbara Broccoli is quoted as saying Safin is “the one that really gets under Bond’s skin. He’s a nasty piece of work.” It remains to be seen whether this is misdirection, a la Oberhauser/Blofeld in SPECTRE.
Oct. 27, 2019: Calvin Dyson posts a YouTube video discussing the latest news.
Oct. 28, 2019: A digital scan of the Empire story makes the rounds. Some details include a quote from Barbara Broccoli. “We always like to have a very personal trial for him emotionally, put him up against something that he finds difficult to deal with emotionally.” Translation: If you liked the previous Craig Bond films, you’ll like this one. If you are indifferent to the previous Craig Bond films, you’ll be indifferent to this one. If you hate the previous Craig Bond films you’ll hate this one. No change in tone, perhaps some change in images.
Oct. 28, 2019: The Daily Mail posts a story saying Daniel Craig arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in NYC after wrapping up work on No Time to Die.
Nov. 1, 2019: James Bond Radio says on Twitter and Facebook that it has heard that Dan Romer is no longer scoring No Time to Die. In the Facebook version, it says, “Our source does seem credible, but of course you never know for sure until we get an official word.”
Nov. 1, 2019: @springhousese publishes a tweet with a short video from the wrap party. Eon’s Michael G. Wilson says No Time to Die “promises to be the best Bond ever…We’ve got a fantastic picture.”
Nov. 1, 2019: JamesBond.de, a German Bond fan site, says on Twitter it “can exclusively confirm” the first No Time to Die trailer “is set to be released in the beginning of December 2019. At least that’s the current plan ;-)” Sounds less than definitive, but OK.
Nov. 3, 2019: The Sunday Times publishes a story about Daniel Craig. It’s behind a paywall. Among other things, he says: ” We’re trying to make the best f****** Bond movie we can.” (There is a later reference to the 2015 Time Out London interview with the often-repeated “slash my wrists” quote.) He also acknowledges his reputation for being grumpy in public appearances while saying he’s not grumpy. And he says he loves making Bond films and compliments writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Nov. 6, 2019: The Hollywood Reporter publishes a feature story about Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas are helping to modernize the Bond franchise. It says Cary Fukunaga and Barbara Broccoli “have worked hard with both Lynch and de Armas to create a new type of female Bond character who is much more fully realized than the ‘Bond girls’ of films past.” Lynch also says she suggested a scene where her character Nomi disposes of a tampon. The story also lists No Time to Die’s budget as $250 million, the first estimate I’ve seen so far.
Nov. 6, 2019: The Hollywood Reporter posts a video of Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas talking about Bond.
Nov. 6, 2019: Vogue posts an interview with Phoebe Waller-Bridge. There’s only a passing reference to No Time to Die. But it’s a typical example of the attention she’s getting after Emmy wins, a big Amazon contract, etc.
Nov. 7, 2019: The Birth.Movies.Death website puts out a Tweet saying one of its writers (@tweetbyjof) will have “a fun little exclusive” the following morning.
Nov. 7, 2019: A Bond event not directly tied to No Time to Die — Champagne Bollinger holds an event in Paris celebrating the 40th anniversary of its relationship with the Bond franchise. Eon’s Michael G. Wilson is guest of honor.
Nov. 8, 2019: The BBC has an interview with Phoebe Waller-Bridge about No Time to Die. She appears to downplay her involvement. “They were just looking for tweaks across a few of the characters and a few of the storylines,” Note: Story moved the evening of Nov. 7 my time, but had a Nov. 8 time stamp (because of U.K. time). So I went with the latter.
Nov. 8, 2019: Birth.Movies.Death publishes the press release for a coffee table took, No Time to Die: The Making of the Film. It will be published by Titan Books and sell for $50 or 39.99 British pounds. Book comes out in April 2020.
Nov. 9, 2019: The Mail on Sunday (Sunday edition of The Daily Mail) publishes a story that says that plans for Lashana Lynch’s Nomi character to get the 007 code number after Bond (Daniel Craig) leaves the service may be scrapped. Instead, according to the story, Nomi may be 001. There’s a lot of other tabloid stuff, including declaring that No Time to Die will be the “wokest” Bond film ever. Whatever. If you click, there are bits that would be spoilers if true. The story also has a passing reference saying No Time to Die’s budget was 200 million British pounds (about $257 million).
Nov. 10, 2019: Scott Z. Burns, once hailed as the savior of Bond 25 (before Phoebe Waller-Bridge took that mantle), gives an interview to The Express. “It’s fun for me because a few years ago I got to write a Jason Bourne movie and they’re definitely opposite sides of the same coin. So I’m thrilled to have had a chance to contribute to the other side of the coin.”
Nov. 11, 2019: Haphazard Stuff produces a video in response to The Hollywood Reporter interview.
Nov. 12, 2019: The Film Stories website has a story saying MGM registered the title No Time to Die back in August 2018 along with many other titles.
Nov. 12, 2019: Land Rover puts out a video promoting how one of its vehicles will be in No Time to Die. Eon’s @007 Twitter account also tweets out the video.
Nov. 13, 2019: Parody website The Daily Mash has a story quoting “producer Thomas Logan” as (fictiously) saying that James Bond will still be a prick in No Time to Die.
Nov. 13, 2019: MGM’s Twitter account (not a parody) puts out a silly tweet asking “Film Twitter” to judge what’s the best James Bond film this decade. There have only been two Bond films this decade (Skyfall and SPECTRE) so it’s really not much of a choice.
Film Twitter what’s your favorite #JamesBond of the decade?
— MGM Studios (@MGM_Studios) November 13, 2019
Nov. 13, 2019: Land Rover follows up its video with a press release about different models that will be in No Time to Die. The list includes Defender 110, Range Rover Sport SVR, Land Rover Series III and Range Rover Classic. The Defender in the movie will debut at a Nov. 19 event in Los Angeles and then be displayed during the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Nov. 17, 2019: The Mail on Sunday (Sunday edition of the Daily Mail) comes out with a story saying Barbara Broccoli “is keen” for Daniel Craig to direct Bond 26. This is attributed to a source that is not identified. If true (a BIG if), directors come in early and stay well after filming wraps. I’m not sure Craig would be that keen given how long Bond films take.
Nov. 17, 2019: The Observer (sister paper of The Guardian) publishes a long feature story on Naomie Harris. There are a few No Time to Die quotes from the actress.
“In Bond 25 you have four strong, intelligent women who are responsible for driving the plot forward,” she says. “They’ve never had that in Bond before.” As for 007 himself, he’s now in a committed relationship. “He’s not disrespecting women, he’s not after a woman because of how attractive she looks and what quality lay she is. He’s genuinely in a relationship with a woman he respects, loves and cherishes.”
The quotes are in line with an emerging marketing plan by Eon.
Nov. 18, 2019: Daniel Craig gives an interview to a German outlet called Express. It is mostly about Knives Out, his upcoming film. But No Time to Die-related subjects come up. He’s asked if No Time to Die is it for him as Bond. According to Google Translate, his reply was: “Yes! In the future someone else has to do it!” He’s also asked if he’d like to direct a Bond film. “For God’s sake, no! I want to come home, eat something and then go to bed. If you’re a director, then at night you’re still with the producers, screenwriters, and what do I know on the phone. And then after two hours of sleep, you have to go back up to the set. No thanks!”
Nov. 20, 2019: Another German outlet, this one called HLN, has a Daniel Craig interview. However, translations make their way among fans, including screen shots. Craig again says No Time to Die is his final Bond film.
Nov. 21, 2019: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer holds an investor call to discuss third-quarter 2019 financial results. On the call, Christopher Brearton, the company’s chief financial officer, said No Time to Die marketing efforts will ramp up early in 2020. MGM dodges questions whether it has conferred with Eon whether Bond films will come out more often in the future or whether Bond will move to streaming TV similar to Star Wars and Marvel. Executives also dodge a question about finding a new Bond after Daniel Craig. CLICK HERE to read a post by The Spy Command about the call.
Nov. 21, 2019: The New York Times publishes an interview with Pheobe Waller-Bridge. Main Bond-related material:
You were brought in to work on the latest James Bond script. Have you read the original Bond books by Ian Fleming — and if so, what do you think are the best and worst?
I hadn’t read them, but started while I was working on the movie. I don’t want to say which ones I was inspired by just yet.
Nov. 22, 2019: The Los Angeles Times runs a feature story on Ama de Armas. There are some details about how she was cast in No Time to Die. Of course, we get the usual publicity trope about how her character is different from other Bond women. “But [she] is flawed. She says what she feels, she’s nervous, she’s scared. It’s human. When I readd it, I was like, ‘Oh, wait — I can be a Bond girl. I’m that. I’m that messy.’ That’s what felt so attractive, on top of what she’s actually doing in the story, which is another step toward giving women a more powerful and strong place in the films.”
Nov. 22, 2019: Daniel Craig makes an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS. The actor says (again) No Time to Die is his last turn as Bond. He also said watching Killing Eve prompted him to recruit Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a writer on the film. Craig also makes a joke in response to an Oct. 2 clip of Rami Malek on the show where he said he and Craig kissed after discussing a scene. “I kiss all my leading men,” Craig says. “I think it helps break the ice.”
Nov. 23, 2019: CBS posts Daniel Craig’s Late Show appearance on YouTube. The network breaks it up into two videos. This is the first segment where he talked about No Time to Die.
Nov. 26, 2019: The James Bond & Friends podcast has the first of a two-part installment about No Time to Die publicity. (Disclaimer: I was a participant). Personally, I think it was the best episode of the podcast.
Nov. 26, 2019: The MI6 James Bond website publishes a story saying the No Time to Die teaser trailer is scheduled to be online on Dec. 4 or 5. The story also says the trailer had been leaked online very briefly on Instagram. No precise date or other details about that incident were provided. The story carries a Nov. 27 date but I saw it the evening of Nov. 26 in the United States.
Nov. 27, 2019: Walt Disney Television (which includes ABC) issues a press release about Good Morning America highlights for the week of Dec. 2. On Dec. 4, GMA scheduled guests include “Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Léa Seydoux and (director) Cary Joji Fukunaga (“No Time to Die”).”
Nov. 29, 2019: Calvin Dyson previews the teaser trailer (and makes some predictions) on his YouTube channel:
Dec. 1, 2019: Eon Productions confirms ina Twitter post that the first No Time to Die Trailer will be out on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The tweet includes a 14-second video of footage from the movie. The video is posted separately on YouTube.
Dec. 1, 2019: The same video was shown as a commercial on NBC’s Sunday Night Football telecast. Comcast owns both NBC and Universal, the latter which is handling NTTD’s international distribution.
Dec. 2, 2019: Scott Mendleson of Forbes.com evaluates No Time to Die’s marketing prospects in light of the teaser to the teaser trailer.
Dec. 3, 2019: No Time to Die character posters are released, including on Eon’s official 007 website. A total of six are released, with Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas and Ben Whishaw.
Dec. 3, 2019: Entertainment weekly publishes a story with a new still (James Bond and Madeline Swann apparently in a tense conversation). It carries some quotes from Barbara Broccoli. “We always start off these movies saying two things. One is, ‘What is Bond’s emotional journey throughout the film?’ And we’ve really thrown the book at it on this one. And the other is, ‘What is he up against in terms of the villain, and the villainy, and what’s happening in the world?’ And I think on both counts we’ve really pushed the boat out.”
Dec. 3, 2019: MGM sends out an updated press release by email. It’s not online. However, the MI6 James Bond website has a story that says the writing credit is now Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Evidently, Scott Z. Burns, once hailed as coming in to save the script, may have been bumped. He was listed as a writer during the April “reveal” in Jamaica. That may have been the result of Writers Guild rules concerning how many scribes can get a credit on a movie. If this is final, cry not for Mr. Burns, he likely was well paid. Also, the press release lists Christoph Waltz in the cast, though not specifying he plays Blofeld again.
Dec. 4, 2019: The trailer (it’s not a teaser trailer anymore) is shown on Good Morning America in the U.S. and online for the rest of the world.
Dec. 4, 2019: Good Morning America posts a video of its interview (such as it was) with the cast of No Time to Die.
Dec. 4, 2019: Empire magazine published (in an unusual form) an interview with director Cary Fukunaga about the trailer. Warning: You have to keep clicking to find each segment of the interview. Also, there’s a spoiler about Ana de Armas’ character.
Dec. 4, 2019: Fan reaction to the trailer starts to come in.
Here’s Calvin Dyson’s video:
Here’s Being James Bond’s video:
Dec. 4, 2019: Just brought to my attention. The entire No Time to Die segment on Good Morning America was sponsored by MGM. That explains why the questions from the interviewers were so cozy.
Dec. 4, 2019: No Time to Die director Cary Fukunaga is interviewed by the BBC. Sample quote: “I was very aware that with Daniel’s departure, I had to get a script going and production going in a very short space of time. The lack of time was a sort of impetus for the pressure. It was like a very hot flame under our ass!”
Dec. 4, 2019: Fukunaga also gives an interview to Games Radar. He promotes continuity, an emphasis of the Bond series starting with SPECTRE. “I thought Dr. Swann was the first person to continue and not be “fridged”, until Barbara [Broccoli] told me otherwise! Some people might look at it as a burden, and some people might look at it as an opportunity, when you’re inheriting characters or story points. The way I saw it was: there’s a lot of rich material to draw from. And then there’s also the joy of continuity. So for the people who know the stories, to be able to pick up on some of these things, plus leitmotifs and other references to previous films; it just enriches the experience.”
Dec. 4, 2019: David Arnold, who scored five James Bond films from 1997 to 2008, says in an exchange on Twitter that he hasn’t been approached about working on No Time to Die. “I can sit back and enjoy it with everyone else,” he wrote.
Dec. 5, 2019: The Daily Mail publishes a story about Daniel Craig in New York to promote the trailer and participate in an Omega event about a new watch tied to the new Bond film.
Dec. 5, 2019: The official 007 page of Eon Productions carries a story about the new Omega watch.
Dec. 5, 2019: The Telegraph runs a story questioning whether Rami Malek’s Safin character is really a rebooted Dr. No.
Dec. 5, 2019: An interview with Rami Malek is posted on YouTube. At one point, he says he’s not playing Dr. No. Then again, Christoph Waltz once said he wasn’t playing Blofeld and we all know how that turned out.
Dec. 5, 2019: David Leigh of The James Bond Dossier does his own reaction video to the trailer:
Dec. 5, 2019: Naomie Harris, on her Instagram account, posts a copy of the Moneypenny character poster.
Dec. 5, 2019: Yahoo! Entertainment carries a story saying director Cary Fukunaga confirmed he tried to get Grace Jones to make an appearance in No Time to Die.
Dec. 9, 2019: The Guardian publishes a story about a Phoebe Waller-Bridge appearance. She says gender didn’t play a factor in her hiring as a screenwriter for No Time to Die. “The reality was I got a call from Barbara [Broccoli, the film’s producer] and Daniel saying, ‘We like your work, can you come in and help us?’. There wasn’t ever really a conversation about can you come in and help us with ‘the ladies’. ..They said, ‘It will be your take, can you come aboard and help us polish the script?’”
Dec. 9, 2019: The Digital Spy website posts an article speculating whether Ben Whishaw’s Q may end up No Time to Die’s sacrificial lamb.
Dec. 13, 2019: Village Cinemas, on its Facebook page, posts a 30-second No Time to Die promotional video. Most of the footage is taken from the recent trailer. But it includes shots of Ben Whishaw as Q, breaking the fourth wall. There’s also a shot of Bond (Daniel Craig) seeking additional help from Q.
UPDATED ENTRY: Here’s the YouTube version of the same video:
Dec. 14, 2019: Cary Fukunaga posts a photo of No Time to Die’s motorcycle stunt to his Instagram account.
Dec. 17, 2019: Total film, in a tweet, releases what is says it an exclusive image from No Time to Die.
Dec. 20, 2019: Empire releases the cover of its February 2020, which features Daniel Craig and No Time to Die on the cover. The news is promoted with a tweet by the official Eon Productions Twitter account.
Dec. 20, 2019: Cary Fukunaga posts a video of Lea Seydoux dancing in an Instagram post. He writes: “It’s a dark and rainy morning of pick ups here at Pinewood. #leaseydoux 🧑🎨 is responsible for bringing the vibes. Un poisson dans l’eau.”
Dec. 20, 2019: Total Film’s 2020 movie issue hits stands, according to a tweet by the publication. There’s a story about No Time to Die. There’s the usual hype in these kinds of stories. It’s not online but scans show up on internet bulletin boards. Two notes: We’re told Cary Fukunaga was always on Eon’s radar to direct a Bond and the delay made that possible. Also, Barbara Broccoli says Eon has been under pressure to make Bond spinoffs but it wants to keep making one movie at a time.
Dec. 21, 2019: Some photo scans of the Empire article make their way across social media. @springhousese sends out tweets such as THIS ONE and THIS ONE. The latter includes an image of the first page of the article. That page has a description of one scene from the trailer that provides additional details. It also gives you a better idea of how Blofeld will be involved. The page also has Daniel Craig saying he really did consider quitting the role of Bond after SPECTRE. That contradicts what Craig told CBS’s The Late Show in August 2017 (see Part I of the timeline). You can see for yourself below. But if you’re spoiler adverse, move on.
Dec. 21, 2019: Empire posts an online preview of its upcoming No Time to Die story. It includes two images, one of Rami Malek and another with Daniel Craig and Lashana Lynch.
Dec. 22, 2019: Empire posts another online preview of its upcoming No Time to Die story. Craig says he had “a kind of secret idea” how he wanted his run as Bond to end.
Dec. 27-28, 2019: Over two days there are murky rumors concerning who will do the score for No Time to Die. Trying to make sense of it is a bit tricky.
To recap (specific dates in Part II of the timeline): IndieWire reported in mid-2019 that Dan Romer would be NTTD’s composer. Romer retweeted the story with a message that he was excited. Romer was listed in an August press release that revealed the No Time to Die title. Then, the James Bond Radio website said it heard Romer was out but said to treat that as a rumor, rather than anything definitive. On Dec. 4, five-time Bond film composer David Arnold, a fan favorite, said he hadn’t been approached about NTTD (see entry above).
With all that in mind:
Dec. 27: Anton Volkov, founder of TrailerTrack (@antovolk), posts a tweet saying “there’s some smoke” that someone affiliated with Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions may be doing the No Time to Die’s score. One of the sources is a message board at Zimmer’s website. The site administrator is supposed to be close to Zimmer.
One question is whether we’re talking about Zimmer himself or another composer affiliated with his Remote Control Productions company. For background about Remote Control, CLICK HERE to view a 2014 story by Variety.
Dec. 28: James Bond Radio comes back with a tweet saying it doesn’t know who the composer is, just that it’s not Zimmer but someone at Remote Control. The tweet includes a link to composers affiliated with Remote Control.
This entry to the timeline easily is the most complicated. In many ways, this perfectly summarizes the development of No Time to Die.
Dec. 29, 2019: James Bond Radio puts out a tweet that reads: “We’re told Romer’s score was deemed to be too ‘out there.'” No additional details.
Dec. 30, 2019: Latest rumor is No Time to Die is being scored by Benjamin Wallfisch. @antovolk has a tweet with a screen grab from a film music bulletin board. Prefaced with the warning, “Truckload of salt and all.” Wallfisch is among the composeers affiliated with Remote Control Productions. His credits include Blade Runner 2049 (with Hans Zimmer), Shazam! and It. Consider this timeline entry for entertainment purposes only.
Jan. 3, 2020: USA Today has a 2020 movie preview story that includes an entry for No Time to Die that includes another still from the Bond movie.
Jan. 3, 2020: The Hollywood Reporter runs a story about how Jonathan Glickman, the head of MGM’s film division, is leaving the studio. Glickman has overseen Skyfall, SPECTRE and No Time to Die for MGM. He’ll stay until NTTD is out.
Jan. 5, 2020: Rami Malek, while on the red carpet of the Golden Globes awards, tells Entertainment Weekly (via Yahoo! Entertainment)that his Safin villain character is “quite unique” and “very complex.”
Jan. 6, 2020: Cary Fukunaga shares two short videos on his Instagram account. One shows a helicopter on the ground with the caption, “One last day of shooting on NO TIME TO DIE.” @NO_TIME_TO_DIE embeds the video in THIS TWEET. The second video is from inside the helicopter. You can also see that video in THIS TWEET.
Jan. 6, 2020: Variety reports that Hans Zimmer is the new composer for No Time to Die. The story raises the possibility (it’s attributed to “reports” without specifying) that Zimmer may need the help of another composer to finish the movie.
Jan. 7, 2020: The reaction comes in. Here’s a video from Calvin Dyson.
Here’s one from James Bond Radio (the site that originally said Dan Romer was out).
Jan. 7, 2020: A Heineken commercial with Daniel Craig surfaces on Dutch television. In THIS TWEET from @HesselHVisser embeds a video of the commercial. It begins with “Daniel Craig vs James Bond.” Craig, in a tuxedo, is served a martini by a bartender. Craig asks for a Heineken (I gather a no-alcohol version) because, he says, “I’m working.” As noted in earlier installments of the timeline, Craig filmed his Heineken commercials some time ago.
Jan. 7, 2020: Vanity Fair posts a story about production designer Mark Tildesley. It mostly describes his work on the movie Two Popes. But there are a few No Time to Die notes, including how it was his idea to have big machine guns behind the headlights of the DB5 (as seen in the trailer).
Jan. 8, 2020: The Hollywood Reporter runs a detailed story about uncertainty at MGM, Bond’s home studio. The main takeaway regarding No Time to Die is that the studio (a runt among the Hollywood studios) needs NTTD to generate $1 billion at the global box office. To date, the only Bond film to reach that level is Skyfall.
Jan. 12, 2020: The MI6 James Bond website posts a story that American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish, 18, will perform the title song for No Time to Die.
UNDATED: I don’t know when this happened, but IMDB.com now lists No Time to Die’s U.S. release date at April 10, instead of April 8. @BondontheBox says on Twitter the April 10 date has been in electronic press kits. The most recent time a U.S. release date was mentioned in a press release was the August release with the No Time to Die title. Subsequent press releases merely said the movie was coming out in April 2020.
Jan. 13, 2020: Eon Productions, in a statement on its official James Bond website, confirms Hans Zimmer is No Time to Die’s composer. The statement doesn’t mention that Zimmer is the second composer to have had the job. The release also verifies the U.S. release date of the movie was pushed back two days to April 10.
Jan. 14, 2020: Variety also publishes a Billie Eilish story. It includes this bit of analysis of how Eilish compares to other Bond song performers:
If true, the choice of Eilish would be a dramatic change of direction for the legendary franchise’s long history of theme-song performers, which have progressed from Shirley Bassey to Paul McCartney and Duran Duran over the decades. More recent films have featured younger artists like Adele — who sang the smash hit “Skyfall” — and Sam Smith, both of whom, while contemporary artists in their 20s, are both British and create more adult-leaning music than Eilish: Her music is innovative and enormously popular, but her audience skews much younger than those artists’.
Jan. 14, 2020: Eon Productions says on its Twitter account that Billie Eilish will perform and co-write No Time to Die’s title song. Her brother, Finneas O’Connell (aka Finneas), will also co-write the song. Eon also puts out a press release.
Jan. 14, 2020: Fan reaction comes in. Here’s a video from Calvin Dyson.
Jan. 14, 2020: The Washington Post ran its own story about the Eilish news. A clause of one sentence caught the attention of some fans. (“who will also work with composer Hans Zimmer“). But that clause isn’t attributed. That link is just the WaPo linking to a Deadline: Hollywood story that also mentions Zimmer doing the score. The announcement just says Eilish and her brother are writing the song. I wouldn’t go banco that Zimmer will have any impact on the song.
Jan. 15, 2020: Variety posts an interview with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Broccoli appears to have done most of the talking. Some of it is new versions of old quotes (why Danel Craig was a great Bond), one interesting data point without additional details (Broccoli and Wilson rejected a TV series about Bond as a teenager at Eton) and the duo say a future James Bond actor can be any color but will be a male.
Jan. 15, 2020: Eon’s official 007 page posts a video (also on YouTube) of a Heineken commercial with Daniel Craig that pokes fun at Bond tropes. The commercial features Craig as Craig, rather than as Bond. CLICK HERE to see the press release. Video is embedded below.
Jan. 16, 2020: The Late Show With Stephen Colbert does a parody of what Billie Eilish’s title song for No Time to Die will be like. It gets posted to YouTube the following day. The No Time to Die part starts around the 3:15 mark of the video.
Jan. 17, 2020: The MI6 James Bond website runs a story piecing together how there have been signs on social media that No Time to Die’s running time may end up being close to three hours. There were tweets going back to early December that NTTD could end up being the longest Bond film. We’ll see.
Jan. 17, 2020: NME reports that musician Johnny Marr will be working with Hans Zimmer on the No Time to Die score. The outlet gets an interview with Marr.
Jan. 17, 2020: Slash Film (or /Film, if you prefer) posts a story with comments from Hans Zimmer, The headline reads, “Hans Zimmer Is Currently Working on Billie Eilish’s ‘No Time to Die’ Theme Song.” But the only Zimmer comment about Eilish is: “Yeah, we’ve become pretty good friends.” The quote is set up with this sentence from the writer: “Hans Zimmer has also been composing since before Eilish was born, but they’re working closely together now.”
Are they really *working together* or did Slash Film take Zimmer’s comment and expand its literal meaning? We’ll see.
Zimmer also says in the article that Barbara Broccoli asked him to work on No Time to Die. Zimmer calls Broccoli “a really dear friend.”
Jan. 18, 2020: ALT 98.7 FM posts a short interview with Billie Eilish on YouTube. Concerning No Time to Die, she say she got called about it “a while ago…It was a crazy call and a crazy last couple of months.” She also says she was “working on it with Hans,” presumably Hans Zimmer.
Jan. 18, 2020: The Guardian/The Observer posts a feature story about Billie Eilish. Not a lot about No Time to Die, but there’s this quote from Popjustice founder Peter Robinson: “She’s not Shirley Bassey. There’s a real power in the understatement of her music. When one of her songs comes on the radio, it sounds like some alien transmission has taken over Capital or Radio 1.”
Jan. 20, 2020: Eon announces the world premiere for No Time to Die will be March 31, 2020 at Royal Albert Hall.
Jan. 21, 2020: Entertainment Weekly puts Daniel Craig and Rami Malek on the cover of its new issue and posts an online version of the article with some videos.
Entertainment Weekly later posted the video to YouTube.
Jan. 22, 2020: Finneas O’Connell gives an interview to Billboard. He says the following about No Time to Die:
Well, at the risk of saying something that hopefully I’m allowed to say — hopefully this won’t be a long bleep-out thing. We were not really ‘approached’ about it. We fought it out for a year. We’ve always wanted to write a James Bond theme song. And you know, it’s a legendary franchise, so we had to convince a lot of people that we were the right choice. And then we had to write a song that everybody liked. So it was a hard-won process. But everybody that we worked with on it, Barbara Broccoli, the producer of the Bond franchise (alongside Michael G. Wilson), we got to work with Hans Zimmer and Steven Lipson in the studio — it was a real joy.
Jan. 22, 2020: @antovolk posts a tweet showing the Latvian distributor for No Time to Die is reporting a 174-minute running time.
Jan. 23, 2020: Cary Fukunaga on the story portion of his Instagram account posts a short video of a session with Hans Zimmer. You can hear an electronic noise. Zimmer says something about, “I think we can make more interesting things than the one that was in….” I can’t make it out if there’s more. The video has the label, “Getting Trippy with @hanszimmer.”
Jan. 25, 2020: Fukunaga posts more videos on the story portion of his Instagram account. These shows dialogue editors working in post production.
Jan. 26, 2020: The Daily Mail’s website runs a story about Lashana Lynch filming a “007-inspired” Nokia advertisement.
Jan. 26, 2020: Billie Eilish wins a number of Grammy awards. Before the event, she gave an interview to the E! cable channel. She says the No Time to Die title song is finished and talks a bit about being involved with the film franchise. The Bond portion begins around the 1:19 mark.
Jan. 27, 2020: Collider.com posts a story and short video of an interview with Ben Whishaw. In the video, he says No Time to Die will draw from all of the Daniel Craig Bond films and reach a conclusion.
Jan. 27, 2020: In a separate interview at Sundance with IMDB.com, Whishaw says with No Time to Die he has completed a three-film contract for Bond films.
Jan. 29, 2020: Both AMPAS and Billie Eilish’s Twitter account post the same graphic promoting how Eilish will sing at the Oscars on Feb. 2. Bond fans speculate this is where her No Time to Die song will debut.
Feb. 1, 2020: No Time to Die will have a running time of about three hours, the Mail on Sunday reports, citing a source it didn’t identify. The movie currently is at 2 hours, 54 minutes may may yet expand, the paper says.
Feb. 2, 2020: The Rhythm Section, Eon’s non-Bond spy film, generates U.S. box office of $2.8 million for the Jan. 31-Feb. 2 weekend, according to data compiled by Box Office Mojo. It came in at No. 10 for the weekend. (On Feb. 3, final figure was issued: $2.7 million.)
Feb. 2, 2020: A 30-second spot for No Time to Die runs late in the second quarter of the Super Bowl. Commercials for the game cost more than $5 million each for 30 seconds.
Feb. 2, 2020: Hans Zimmer puts out a tweet saying the Super Bowl commercial doesn’t include any of his music. He says he’s still working on the score with Steve Mazzaro. The latter scored Eon’s The Rhythm Section.
Feb. 3, 2020: Reaction to the Super Bowl ad comes in. David Zaritsky of The Bond Experience weighs in with a video early in the day.
Feb. 3, 2020: Calvin Dyson posts a reaction video.
Feb. 3, 2020: Finneas O’Connell, co-writer of the No Time to Die title song, goes on The Tonight Show. He says the song will be out “soon, really soon.” He also says, “The movie’s great.”
Feb. 4, 2020: Being James Bond is out with a reaction video to the Super Bowl commercial.
Feb. 5, 2020: The Games Radar website posts a preview of an upcoming Total Film article about Rami Malek and No Time to Die. There’s also an image of Malek as the villain.
Feb. 7, 2020: Mashable runs a story about a writer’s set visit. There are more plot details (at least about the early part of the film) concerning No Time to Die than I’ve seen elsewhere. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson may have been more chatty, although are many of the same talking points (Craig is great, the women actresses trained hard, etc.). Don’t click on the link if you’re spoiler adverse.
Feb. 9, 2020: A new No Time to Die TV spot runs on the E! cable TV channel. Alert Facebook user Steve Oxenrider recorded and posted it on the Ian Fleming Foudation page on Facebook. It’s similar to the earlier trailer and Super Bowl spot, but not exactly the same. For example, we Ralph Fiennes’ M say, “Come on, Bond!”
UPDATED ENTRY: This tweet from @springhousese embeds the new commercial.
Later, a so-so quality video is posted on YouTube.
Feb. 10, 2020: A high-resolution version of the spot is on the ISpot TV website.
Feb. 10, 2020: Eon’s official 007 account posts a tweet with more character posters, which reveals some character names. Among the new character posters are images for M, Tanner and Leiter.
Feb. 10, 2020: A version of the NTTD spot that aired Sunday showed up on YouTube:
Feb. 11, 2020: No Time to Die screenwriter Robert Wade speaks at the University of Chichester. He says a few things about the 25th James Bond film. @TheTchaikovsky was there and sends out tweets including THIS ONE and THIS ONE. Among other things, Wade said he saw a rough cut of the movie and it wasn’t three hours.
Feb. 11, 2020: The MI6 James Bond website carries a story noting that Lashana Lynch’s Nomi has been removed from a Russian trailer and there are almost no shots of people of color. (There’s a fleeting shot of Naomie Harris’ Moneypenny.) The story notes that Russia has few people of color and this probably isn’t accidental. MI6 embedded the Russian trailer in its story, which is how I found it to embed below.
Feb. 12, 2020: Billie Eilish’s official Twitter account says the No Time to Die title song (which is titled No Time to Die) will debut on Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. Los Angeles time, 7 p.m. New York time and midnight in London. The tweet appears to have a snippet of the song.
Feb. 13, 2020: Esquire (at least the U.K. edition) publishes a story on Rami Malek. There’s more of the “is he or isn’t he Dr. No?” stuff. “I really can’t talk about the character,” the actor says. Of course not.
Feb. 13, 2020: The Daily has a story lsaying Billie Eilish will perform No Time to Die’s title song at the BRITs. Story also says Hans Zimmer and an orchestra will be part of the proceedings.
Feb. 13, 2020: The No Time to Die song debuts on multiple platforms, including YouTube.
Feb. 13, 2020: Eon Productions posts a No Time to Die video with some previously unseen shots accompanied by the Billie Eilish song.
Feb. 13, 2020: Reaction starts to come in to the No Time to Die song.
Being James Bond posts a reaction video.
James Bond Radio does an emergency podcast.
Variety publishes a rave review. The entertainment outlet calls No Time to Die”one of the better Bond songs of the past 25 or 30 years.”
Feb. 14, 2020: The BBC chimes in with an approving review of the No Time to Die song. “It’s easily the most audacious and atmospheric take on the Bond theme in recent memory.”
Feb. 14, 2020: Cary Fukunaga sings the praises of the song in an Instagram post: “Billie Eilish has been my number one choice to do this theme song since I came on board this project, 18 months later, I can hardly contain my excitement for this moment. She and Finneas have delivered a spectacular and haunting song that gives me chills every time I listen to it.”
Feb. 14, 2020: More fan videos are in reviewing the song.
The Bond Experience:
Feb. 15, 2020: For the third time in as many weekends, there’s a new No Time to Die spot with new footage. This spot includes Ana de Armas speaking.
Feb. 16, 2020: The Sunday Times of London has a story saying No Time to Die’s publicity in China has been delayed because of theaters being closed due the coronavirus.
Feb. 17, 2020: GQ posts an interview with Finneas O’Connell. He says he and sister Billie Eilish were given the first 20 pages of No Time to Die’s script to help write the song. “I guess that’s up to the point when the song comes in during the movie, right?”
Feb. 17, 2020: Land Rover comes out with a No Time to Die tie-in ad to promote its Defender SUV model.
Feb. 18, 2020: Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell are interviewed on the BBC Breakfast program. Eilish provides a little more of the timeline (work on the song began in September). She also describes a meeting with Barbara Broccoli and later seeing the part of the script that’s before the titles.
Feb. 18, 2020: The duo also do an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America. They were joined by Hans Zimmer.
Feb. 18, 2020: Billie Eilish sings No Time to Die at the BRIT awards. Finneas O’Connell and Hans Zimmer are part of the show.
Here’s the video from the official Billie Eilish channel:
Feb. 18, 2020: No Time to Die has been rated PG-13 (the same rating every Bond film has received since 1989’s License to Kill), Exhibitor Relations reports in a tweet. The reasons: “sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, brief strong language and some suggestive material.”
Feb. 18, 2020: Vanity Fair does a breezy cover story about Ana de Armas. The magazine says she’s ” in a role conceived for her by Cary Joji Fukunaga and written (mostly) by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.” Story contains this Daniel Craig quote: “This is a movie where there’s a lot of shit going on, a lot of big acting, myself very much included, but she shines through because she’s the real deal. She’s got very good comic timing and we’re not offering her a huge part. But she came in and just nailed it. She had very little to go on, the scripts are being rewritten, you’re changing things all the time or throwing them at her, and she’s not fazed by it.”
Story also has this Barbara Broccoli quote: “Her character is someone who’s just started working for the CIA, and so she’s supposed to have minimal training when she first meets Bond. The expectation is that she’s not going to be the most proficient agent, but let’s just say that she really packs a punch.”
Feb. 19, 2020: The No Time to Die hype train has pulled out of the station and is nearing a full head of steam. Case in point, a New York Times story saying that Omega says (claims?) that Daniel Craig designed a new 007-themed watch. Color me skeptical. It apparently isn’t enough to say Craig is the bestest James Bond actor ever (Broccoli, Fukunaga, et. al.)
Feb. 20, 2020: An Imax poster for No Time to Die is released.
Feb. 20, 2020: In a Norwegian outlet called VG, Eon’s Michael G. Wilson says No Time to Die’s pre-titles sequence is 20 minutes, the longest in the series. The article is in Norwegian, I viewed it in Google Translate. This reinforces how Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell said they had 20 pages of script to work from while writing the movie’s title song.
Feb. 20, 2020: The Writers Guild East lists the writing credits for No Time to Die. But the URL is dated Jan. 21, 2020. Here is the credit listed:
Screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Story by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Cary Joji Fukunaga.
Scott Z. Burns, once hailed as coming in to save the script (see Part II of the timeline) may be the odd man out.
Feb. 21, 2020: A new No Time to Die poster is released, this time with cast and credits. No surprise: No Scott Z. Burns in the writing credit. Big surprise: Ana de Armas (who has received a ton of publicity for her participation) isn’t among the listed actors. The poster below is the South African version.
Feb. 25, 2020: A promotional video is released with director Cary Fukunaga discussing No Time to Die.
Feb. 25, 2020: The Bond Experience posts a reaction video to the Fukunaga video.
Feb. 25, 2020: Being James Bond comes out with a reaction video.
Feb. 27, 2020: In the U.S., AMC Theaters says it will have a marathon of Daniel Craig Bond films followed by an early showing of No Time to Die on April 8.
Week of Feb. 24: Various people and outlets pick up indications from theater chains that No Time to Die’s running time is 163 minutes. For example, there’s this page from Regal Cinemas. That’s less than the almost three-hour running time that was circulating earlier but still would easily be the longest James Bond film.
Feb. 28, 2020: Another poster is out. Will it be the final? Or is another on its way?
Feb. 28, 2020: Steve Mazzaro, No Time to Die’s assistant composer, puts out a Twitter post of him playing some notes in his car. In a Feb. 29 tweet, he says it was a joke and not part of the No Time to Die score.
Feb. 28, 2020: Variety publishes a story about movies affected by the increasingly global outbreak of the coronavirus. No Time to Die is a prominent example, with the story noting the cancelation of its China premiere as well as a planned publicity tour through China, South Korea and Japan.
March 1, 2020: No Time to Die advanced tickets go on sale in the U.K.
March 2, 2020: The MI6 James Bond website (in the form of an open letter to Eon, MGM and Universal) urges the No Time to Die premiere be delayed until summer because of the coronavirus. Over the next two days, a number of outlets write about the open letter, beginning with The Hollywood Reporter. Others include the BBC, Variety, IndieWire, The Guardian, Daily Mail, and Uproxx among others. Bond fans debate the open letter on social media.
March 2, 2020: No Time to Die tickets go on sale in the U.S. Fandango posts an interview with the cast and director Cary Fukunaga.
March 2, 2020: Another No Time to Die spot shows up, with a copy on iSpotTV.
It also got posted to YouTube.
March 3, 2020: Commander-James Bond-France posts a No Time to Die promo featuring Ben Whishaw talking to the viewer in character as Q.
March 4, 2020: The release of No Time to Die is delayed until November (Nov. 12 for the U.K., Nov. 25. Two official tweets follow.
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020. pic.twitter.com/a9h1RP5OKd
— James Bond (@007) March 4, 2020
The film will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the US launch on November 25, 2020.
— James Bond (@007) March 4, 2020
March 4, 2020: Being James Bond has a video reaction. One of his concerns is the delay will make it easier for No Time to Die to be pirated.
March 4, 2020: Calvin Dyson has posts a reaction video.
March 4, 2020: The Bond Experience posts its reaction video.
March 4, 2020: With the delay, co-composer Steve Mazzaro takes to Instagram and posts behind-the-scenes photos of No Time to Die recording sessions.
The Bond 25 timeline will return…as the saga continues in: