Bond 25 questions: The official NTTD podcast edition

So, there’s a new official (i.e., released by Eon Productions and its studio partners) podcast coming out on Sept. 30. Naturally, the blog has some questions.

Is there a familiar voice in the promo? And I don’t mean Daniel Craig.

Quite possibly. Here’s the October 2011 press conference for Skyfall. It begins with the voice of an MC…

And that voice sounds very similar to the voiceover in this promo for the new official No Time to Die podcast.

So what?

So you should view the new podcast the same way you’d view a trailer or a TV spot — another promotion or the film, no more, no less.

Anything wrong with that?

No, as long as you go in with your eyes open.

What’s that mean?

In the promo video, Daniel Craig talks up how he loves playing James Bond. Five years ago, he sent out mixed signals on that score (which he has walked back, such as a 2017 interview with Stephen Colbert on CBS’s Late Show).

I’m not a mind reader. I don’t know what in Craig’s mind in 2015 versus later interviews. But it’s clear that Craig loves playing James Bond is a talking point in No Time to Die’s marketing campaign. Based on the promo video for the new podcast, we get more of that.

Anything else?

No. For everybody rooting for No Time to Die to come out in November, I hope you get what you wish for. I hope it’s safe enough to see the movie in a theater despite the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Where I live, the theaters are scheduled to open up on Oct. 9.

4 Responses

  1. This is my first comment on this blog.

    This year will be the first time in my entire, rather old, life when I will have not seen a James Bond movie in a theater on opening day.

    That is because it is not safe.

    I resent, greatly, the greed of all of those involved in opening this film in a movie theater during a pandemic when the pandemic is quite active and no less harmful than it was when we first discovered it.

    That anyone is motivated mostly, if not completely, by their own personal greed is bad enough. That a society is based on it, is dreadful.

    Let those who wish to see it in a movie theater do so, knowing that they may spread the disease to other people. It is simply not safe according to all of the experts.

    You are going to be enclosed indoors with no fresh air circulating and if anyone removes their mask to talk to someone, eat popcorn, drink a soda, etc., if they have the virus they will be spreading it to everyone who breathes air in that space.

    Again, this is the most disturbing and disgusting greed I have ever seen — that a corporation, and producers, and movie makers, would risk the lives of those who made them rich in this fashion.

    It’s almost enough to never have me see a Bond movie again.

  2. Wow. Thank you taking the time to write that response.

  3. You know going to cinema is safer than going to buy food in supermarkets… Maybe you shouldn’t worry that much

  4. How safe the supermarket is, or isn’t, compared to a movie theater is, quite frankly, irrelevant.

    What is relevant, is the question “how safe is it going to a movie theater?“

    Why don’t you check that out online and see for yourself? If you are happy talking that totally unnecessary risk, that’s your business.

    But I think that Eon productions should release the film first as a pay for view event. If they have some contractual obligations to movie theaters, they can always pay them some percentage of what they charge to see their picture online.

    Then, whenever it’s safe to go into a movie theater again, which is certainly not this year (nor will it be the beginning of next year), then hold the cinema premiere in a movie theater.

    People will still go to see it.

    Anything short of that, however, is risking peoples’ lives for selfish profits. And I think that anyone who would do that is unworthy of being rewarded for their harmful greed.

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