No Time to Die podcast returns

The official No Time to Die podcast returned Wednesday evening U.S. time. The podcast began in September 2020 but went into hibernation after the movie’s release was pushed back into 2021.

The first two episodes are online. The first, Bond in Context leads off with a discussion about how the 25th James Bond film has been delayed three times because of COVID-19. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson of Eon Productions are interviewed about that subject.

Also, “You can also be the first to hear exclusive score from Hans Zimmer released by Decca Records,” according to the episode’s description. The episode runs 44 minutes.

The second episode is titled A Name to Die for: Allies and Enemies of Bond.

“Led by interviews from Rami Malek, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and Lashana Lynch, we’ll explore what makes a classic supporting character and look back at some of 007’s most iconic nemeses,” according to a description.

James King is the host.

UPDATE: In episode 1, Barbara Broccoli says No Time “is a cinematic masterpiece.” We’ve all heard hype for movies but those are strong words.

Official No Time to Die podcast returns Thursday

The official No Time to Die podcast is scheduled to return on Thursday, Eon Productions said today on social media.

The podcast was originally launched in the fall of 2020. But it was suspended after the 25th James Bond film was delayed into 2021. In June, James King, the podcast host, said on Twitter that work had resumed.

Here is the announcement as it appeared on Twitter:

Broccoli acknowledges NTTD is Craig’s last Bond

No Time to Die poster

In the first episode of the new official No Time to Die podcast, Eon Productions boss Barbara Broccoli acknowledges No Time to Die is Daniel Craig’s last James Bond movie.

“It is the fifth and final one that Daniel Craig is going to be doing,” Broccoli says around the 6:35 mark. “It’s a culmination of everything his portryal of the character has been through and it does tie up all the story lines.”

This is not exactly a big news flash. Craig has said this would be his last outing. But Broccoli, who chose Craig for the part in the 2000s, has been hesitant to say that.

“I’m in total denial,” Broccoli told Variety in a Jan. 15 story. “I’ve accepted what Daniel has said, but I’m still in denial. It’s too traumatic for me.”

The podcast includes comments from Eon’s Michael G. Wilson, screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, director Cary Fukunaga and other cast members.h/t to @Stingray_travel on Twitter who embedded the podcast in a response to a question from me.

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.

Eon, studios launch No Time to Die podcast

A No Time to Die poster

Eon Productions and its studio partners are starting a No Time to Die podcast on Sept. 30 to promote the 25th James Bond film.

The production company announced the podcast in a post on Twitter. That included a short video promising “unrivalled behind-the-scenes access.”

The new podcast has an Apple podcast page that went live last week. According to that page, the No Time to Die podcast will be a six-part affair.

Here’s the description:

No Time To Die: The Official James Bond Podcast is a new and exclusive podcast to accompany the worldwide release of the 25th Bond film, No Time To Die. Hosted by James King, the six-part series features exclusive interviews with Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Jeffrey Wright, Naomie Harris, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and a host of key behind the scenes crew from casting director to special effects supervisor.

Each of the six episodes focusses on a different aspect of the franchise. Learn everything about Bond from guns, gadgets, locations, stunts, costumes and cars.

No Time to Die: The Official James Bond Podcast is produced by Somethin’ Else in association with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, Universal Pictures International, United Artists Releasing and Eon Productions.