NTTD segment scheduled for Entertainment Tonight?

No Time to Die teaser poster

UPDATE (Oct. 22): Entertainment Tonight talked to Naomie Harris who was promoting another movie. She said women characters drive the plot in No Time to Die more than they ever have in a Bond movie. That’s it.

Thanks to Jack Lugo and reader @RNKFanArt on Twitter. I was recording an episode of the Spybrary podcast about U.N.C.L.E. and couldn’t check it out.

ORIGINAL POST (Oct. 21): Late Monday night, there were advisories concerning the Oct. 22 telecast of Entertainment Tonight. One of the featuers was listed as “the next James Bond movie.”

The James Bond MI6 website tweeted out an image of the advisory.

There’s not much to go on. Could it be a first look at the teaser trailer? Could it be a short segment about the 25th James Bond film made by Eon Productions?

There is no way to know. Entertainment Tonight is an established television show (e.g. it’s not a British tabloid). Presumably, it wouldn’t include a reference to No Time to Die as a gag.

Whatever. An Entertainment Tonight segment wouldn’t be revealing. But it may have more than fans know now.

Here’s a look at the MI6 James Bond tweet.

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Lazenby returns in an audio spy adventure

Passport to Oblivion Cover

George Lazenby, the one-time film James Bond, is returning to the espionage genre.

Lazenby stars as Dr. Jason Love in an audio adaptation of author James Leasor’s Passport to Oblivion. The adapation is part of a two-disc set selling for 14.99 British pounds.

Some details from a press release:

An audio spy adventure based on a series of internationally bestselling books (published in 19 languages) by James Leasor, ‘Passport to Oblivion’ features an all-star cast that also includes Glynis Barber, Nickolas Grace, Michael Brandon and Terence Stamp as ‘C’ the Head of MI6.

‘Passport to Oblivion’ is the first of 10 planned audio recordings by award-winning Spiteful Puppet and based on books first published in the 1960s. The novels, which sold in their millions, have a worldwide fan base. This is the first time they have been adapted as audio dramas.

Spiteful Puppet have been granted the license for all 10 of James Leasor’s Dr. Jason Love books. ‘Passport to Oblivion’ (2-disc audio set) will be released 29 November 2019.

‘Passport to Oblivion’, set in 1964, has astonishing parallels with today’s allegations of Russian interference in politics of the West, unrest in the Middle East, and seems very fresh and relevant.

Lazenby, 80, played James Bond in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Passport to Oblivion previously was adapted as the 1966 movie Where the Spies Are, with David Niven as Dr. Jason Love.

No Time to Die’s second unit finishes work

No Time to Die teaser poster

No Time to Die’s second unit has completed work on the 25th James Bond film.

A photo by stunt performer Dave Grant marking the occasion was tweeted by @springhousese. The crew is standing in front of a set; those who are particularly spoiler adverse probably shouldn’t click. The photo is starting to spread via social media.

In a separate tweet, the James Bond MI6 website said the second unit finished on the evening of Oct. 18.

The first unit still is working on the film, the website said.

Earlier this month, actress Ana de Armas said on social media she had returned to London to wrap up her work on the film.

A $700,007 Christmas stocking stuffer

Daniel Craig thinking about how his bank account just expanded.

Well, they are cheaper than those Aston Martin DB5 replicas with gadgets being sold for more than $3 million each.

Neiman Marcus is offering seven Aston Martin DBS Superleggera cars “designed by 007 himself” Daniel Craig.

Price? A mere $700,007. You get a limited edition Omega watch and two tickets to the world premiere of No Time to Die as a bonus. Air fare also included.

Besides the Neiman Marcus announcement, the official Eon Productions 007 site had a statement. No word whether the cars are street legal. The Aston DB5 replicas with gadgets aren’t.

Get yours now while supplies last.

Those odd back covers to 1960s Bond paperbacks

Back cover to a Signet paperback edition of Live And Let Die (it’s on top of a DVD collection of UPA cartoons, in case you’re wondering).

In episode 0028 of the James Bond & Friends podcast, there was a discussion about the back covers of 007 paperbacks and the odd order they listed the Ian Fleming books.

David Leigh of The James Bond Dossier noted how Pan paperback editions of the Fleming novels listed the books in a seemingly random order.

The podcast got a reaction on social media. I remembered the U.S. paperbacks also seemed odd. So I got out a couple of my own Signet paperbacks issued in the U.S. during the 1960s.

A 1963 Signet printing of For Your Eyes Only listed the books in this order:

Casino Royale, Live And Let Die, Goldfinger, From Russia With Love Moonraker, Doctor No, Diamonds Are Forever and Thunderball.

Casino Royale and Live And Let Die were the first two books in the series. But it jumps out of order after that.

At the same time, an inside page lists the Fleming Bond novels in a different order. It starts with From Russia With Love, goes back to Doctor No, then presents the rest randomly (Casino Royale listed fourth, Goldfinger fifth and Moonraker sixth, among others.

The 27th printing by Signet of Live And Let Die (no specific printing date but before The Man With the Golden Gun was out in paperback) has this listing in alphabetical order (discounting “the”) with more titles:

Casino Royale, Diamonds Are Forever, Doctor No, For Your Eyes Only, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Live And Let Die, Moonraker, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice.

About that (lack of a) No Time to Die trailer

No Time to Die teaser poster

Some James Bond film fans are getting a little antsy waiting for a first trailer for No Time to Die. There was some buzz it might be out on Oct. 5, James Bond Day, but that didn’t happen.

Here are a couple of strategies that Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (Bond’s home studio) and Universal (handling international distribution) may want to consider.

MORE RADICAL: Many fans declare they despise spoilers. Some say they don’t want trailers, won’t read press releases and decry anything that goes too far in their view.

How about Eon/MGM/Universal declare something like this: “We have heard you, Bond fans. So, we will not produce a trailer. There will be no advertising until the movie comes out in early April.”

That would get a lot of attention while saving the costs of making trailers. Entertainment websites, perhaps even the mainstream business press, would likely do stories about what wasn’t happening.

Tabloids like The Express would have headlines like this: “You WON’T BELIEVE the Marketing Strategy for the New James Bond Movie!”

LESS RADICAL: Not ready to put out a trailer? But not willing to go so far as the “more radical” strategy? Try the following.

Remember that short video Eon put out in June? It showed the making of the movie without giving away plot points. It got fans talking and was more interesting that the “video blogs” that Eon put out during production of Skyfall and SPECTRE.

Eon hasn’t really put out much since then, except for a teaser poster that came out on James Bond Day. Yes, there was a ton of tourist smartphone video during filming in the Matera, Italy, area but that was hardly planned.

A new “behind the scenes” video (accompanied by another piece of up tempo music) might get people talking again. And it would buy time until a trailer (teaser or regular) was ready.

If you’ve forgotten, here’s that video from June.

Scott Z. Burns talks (a little) about No Time to Die

Scott Z. Burns

Scott Z. Burns, one of No Time to Die’s screenwriters, discussed the 25th James Bond film as part of a longer feature story in Variety.

“It was being able to throw in with a group of really talented people on a franchise that had a huge impact on me,” Burns told Variety.

“I mean, it’s a dream come true to have grown up in Minnesota watching James Bond movies, and then you look at your laptop and you’re writing the name Bond and then writing dialogue underneath it. If anybody would have told me that was ever going to happen, I would have never believed them.”

The writer received Variety’s 2019 Creative Impact in Screenwriting Award. The outlet’s article was a look at Burns’ screenwriting career.

Burns’ credits include scripts for The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion. He also has a reputation as a top “script doctor” in Hollywood.

The Playlist reported in February that Burns was working on the No Time to Die script. The hiring was confirmed in late April during a “reveal” event in Jamaica that also disclosed various casting movies. Burns was hired to work for four weeks, The Playlist said in its story.

Burns coming aboard initially created a buzz. It later got overshadowed when it came out that actress-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge was also working on the movie. The original No Die to Die writers were Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.