Seydoux’s NTTD role to be bigger than thought, fan site says

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Obviously, this is a spoiler. If you don’t like that sort of thing, move on.

Lea Seydoux’s Madeline Swann role in No Time to Die will be larger than fans initially thought, James Bond Brasil said. 

The website said in a tweet it got the information by talking to actress Davina Moon, who is playing  Swann’s receptionist.

Swann “will also play a considerable role in the plot, as her character will again appear working in a psychiatric clinic,” according to a Google Translate version of the article.

Seydoux’s Swann was the female lead of 2015’s SPECTRE. She rode off with Daniel Craig’s Bond at the end of that film in the Aston Martin DB5. Seydoux’s return for the 25th James Bond film was formally announced in late April, although director Cary Fukunaga had earlier said she was coming back.

A December 2014 SPECTRE script draft had Bond telling Swann, “We have all the time in the world.” That was a famous line uttered by Bond (George Lazenby) in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service just before his wife Teresa (Diana Rigg) was killed.

The line didn’t make the final version of SPECTRE. But a favorite fan theory is that Swann will be killed early in No Time to Die.

Bond 25 questions: The No Time to Die edition

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Bond 25 has a title — No Time to Die. So does the blog have questions?

You bet.

What’s your reaction? It’s OK.

Just OK? I rarely go to a movie for its title. I liked Avengers: Endgame a lot, but the title had little to do with it.

What about the visuals? The font? The logo? 

It’s apparently a font that’s been around for decades called Futura black. A couple of examples: The Love Boat (1977-87) and Banyon (1972-73)
But what about the title itself?

James Bond Brasil in a tweet raised the question whether No Time to Die is a tribute to a 1958 film of that name co-produced by Albert R. Broccoli (with Irving Allen), directed by Terence Young and written by Richard Maibaum and Young.

In the United States, that movie was released with the name Tank Force. Besides those future Bond film crew members, the director of photography on Tank Force was Ted Moore, who’d photograph seven Bond films between 1962 and 1974.

Any other thoughts?

In episode 0019 of the James Bond & Friends podcast, I predicted the title of Bond 25 would come out in August. So, I will take some satisfaction from that.

Spy Command participates in two podcasts

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The Spy Command was part of two podcasts in the past week.

The Spybrary podcast on July 31 featured an interview with me. Host Shane Whaley asked for my “dead drop five.”

I named a combination of TV shows and books, including The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible (the original TV series), and From Russia With Love novel and film as a joint entry. I also listed the Matt Helm series of serious novels (as opposed to the Dean Martin movies).

Shane and I have discussed this possibility for more than a year and it was fun to get it done. Shane also wants me to host a panel about U.N.C.L.E. in the future.

The Spybrary host followed up with an Aug. 5 podcast reviewing The Removers, the third Matt Helm novel by Donald Hamilton. It was one of the titles I had discussed on the July 31 podcast.

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Meanwhile, James Bond & Friends, produced by the MI6 James Bond website, is back with episode 0020, which came out on Aug. 6. This edition includes a new guest, Marcos Kontze of the James Bond Brasil website. I was there as well along with David Leigh of The James Bond Dossier, Ben Williams of MI6 Confidential as well as MI6 founders Paul Atkinson and James Page. A description from the MI6 website:

Observing the passing of David Hedison – two time Felix Leiter – we note how he became the first man to return to the role some 10 years later with the long-serving ally’s pivotal role in ‘Licence to Kill’. We continue by discussing Leiter and Bond’s relationship and how the re-casting has lead to some inconsistent characterisation. Along the way, we stumble on Leiter’s drinking habits, Felix’s faux pas, his Kennedy impersonation, Jack Lord’s moisturiser, Felicia Leiter, big livers, the martini olive scam, an ill-fated fishing trip, Le Chiffre’s undead exit, rewrites whilst boozing, and the Leiterverse.

Fake Eon invitation makes its way around the internet

Image made by Marcos Kontze, complete with misspelling of Pinewood Studios (“Pinweood”).

Marcos Kontze, editor of the James Bond Brasil website, came up with a bit of wishful thinking — an image of an Eon Productions invitation for a May 11 press conference at Pinewood Studios.

He posted one image on the message board of the MI6 James Bond website. He posted another on Twitter. “In desperate need for official news. I created this, wishing it could be true,” he wrote in his post on Twitter. The make-believe invitation is for the introduction of Bond 25’s director and title as well as revealing the “new studio” for the film.

There was a flaw in the image. It misspelled Pinewood as “Pinweood.” Despite that, it flew around the internet today, showing up in various places.

It may have influenced an Italian website called Talky Movie. According to a Google Translate translations of THIS POST, “The production would have convened the international press on 11 May at the historic Pinewood Studios in London to unveil the title of ‘Bond 25’ to the world. The event as reported on the web would participate all producers, primarily Barbara Broccoli, but also the new director Danny Boyle and the protagonist Daniel Craig…We’ll see if it’s a montage released on the net or if there is actually some announcement.”

James Bond Brasil is one of the most trafficked 007-related websites. In 2012, it got ahold of some Skyfall call sheets, something that caused a stir at time. In 2015, Mr. Kontze had photos taken of himself with SPECTRE crew members, including director Sam Mendes.

Some early fan suggestions for Bond 25

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Image for the official James Bond feed on Twitter

As SPECTRE winds down its run in theaters, there have been some fan suggestions for what should come next.

The James Bond Dossier, IN ITS SURVEY of 007 bloggers and website editors included prescriptions from participants for Bond 25.

Here are some excerpts:

Anders Frejdh (From Sweden With Love): Fingers crossed for a continuation of the Blofeld saga with a twist. And an older woman as his sidekick.

Marcos Kontze (James Bond Brasil): My bet: Irma Bunt will be back as Blofeld’s allie, they will kill Madeleine in the PTS at some beach location, and then Blofeld you’ll be hidden in the Amazon Jungle in Brazil, and we’ll be seeing the Garden of Death from YOLT’s novel. Yes, BOND 25 is Shatterhand 😀

Some background: At one point in the scripting process, SPECTRE was a bit of a remake of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.  The script even specified that the main titles have images from the earlier Daniel Craig films.

As late as Dec. 1, 2014, the last line in the script was Bond saying, “We have all the time in the world,” before he and Madeleine Swann drive off. Also, in earlier drafts, there was an Irma Bunt henchwoman. Both ideas weren’t in the final film.

Some fans are looking for Bond 25 to be a de facto adaptation of the You Only Live Twice novel (the 1967 movie had characters from the 1964 novel but dumped the plot). After Tracy’s death in the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service novel, Bond went to pieces but unexpectedly gets another shot at Blofeld in Japan.

Jeffrey Westhoff, author of the novel “The Boy Who Knew Too Much,” suggested a different path IN AN ESSAY HE WROTE on his Culture Spy page.

Here’s an excerpt, where he argued against having Swann killed at the start of Bond 25:

Murdering her also would undercut Bond’s decision to not kill Blofeld on the bridge. The moment was supposed to point out Bond’s sense of morality. So what point would it prove if Bond’s sense of morality gets his girlfriend killed?
(snip)

Finally, I go back to wish No. 1 on my list (for Bond 25). I don’t want to see any more James Bond revenge stories. They have become tired. I read fans saying that Bond 25 finally could be what Diamonds Are Forever should have been, or the movies finally might bring the themes of Fleming’s You Only Live Twice to the screen. I say it’s too bad Diamonds Are Forever turned into a cartoon and that You Only Live Twice was filmed out of order. They were blown opportunities, but the time to correct them is long past.

To read more, CLICK HERE for The James Bond Dossier post. (This blog was a participant, but didn’t provide a plot idea for Bond 25). CLICK HERE for Jeffrey Westhoff’s essay titled, “My Seven Wishes for the Next James Bond Movie.” It covers quite bit of territory and is worth a look.

SPECTRE spot airs on ABC, spreads on social media

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REVISED (10 a.m., June 10) — A one-minute commercial for SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond film, aired on ABC during its telecast of the NBA Finals on June 9.

On the morning of June 10, the official 007 website and official 007 Twitter feed released an official online version:

FROM JUNE 9: Within an hour, bits of the commercial went out on social media.

The James Bond Brasil website, ON ITS FACEBOOK PAGE, put out a 15-second video of action scenes taken from the commercial. James Bond Brasil shared the video on other James Bond-themed Facebook pages.

The fan site also put out an image on Twitter:

Unofficial versions of the commercial emerged on YouTube by 11:05 p.m. In the comments section below, you’ll see several stills taken from the commercial by a reader.

SPECTRE gears up to start filming in Mexico City

The official 007 Twitter feed confirmed the crew of the 24th James Bond film is about to get to work in Mexico City.

Amusingly, the 007 Twitter feed was chided by one fan for giving out a spoiler, namely that the movie’s opening will incorporate the Day of the Dead festival. Then again, when it’s officially announced, it’s not a spoiler anymore. Also, many photos have been seen over social media the past week of SPECTRE’s crew getting ready in Mexico City.

Here’s the Tweet:

Here’s how one fan reacted:

Meanwhile, the James Bond Brasil website tweeted out pictures of Eon Productions co-boss Michael G. Wilson and actress Stephanie Sigman in Mexico City.