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Daniel Craig has said that he would retire from the role of James Bond if he felt he was too old to play the character. Craig has also said that it has become harder to be fit enough for the role and that there has been more use of doubles for action sequences.
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Reportedly, James Bond actor Daniel Craig personally hand-picked Cuban actress Ana de Armas to play Paloma in this Bond movie, after working with her on Knives Out (2019), which first released about only four months before No Time to Die was originally meant to release.
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This will be the first James Bond movie to be shot with an IMAX Camera. Previous Bond films exhibited in IMAX theaters were converted by up-scaling to the IMAX format i.e. they were optimized for IMAX theaters. This movie was also filmed with 65mm Panavision cameras.
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With this film, Daniel Craig will become the third oldest actor to play James Bond. Roger Moore was aged about 57 years for A View to a Kill (1985), Sean Connery was around 53 for Never Say Never Again, whilst Craig for No Time to Die (2021) will be aged around 51 years.
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Reportedly, Daniel Craig is expected to going to be dramatically cutting back on doing any dangerous stunt work in this film, due to his age and his injury on Spectre (2015). The UK 'Mirror' newspaper has reported a source has said: "It's a big bone of contention. Rachel [wife Rachel Weisz] doesn't want him in agony again. None of his aches and pains have gone away completely" and "there's a legacy to all these injuries and she lives with them. They've come to an agreement about how hard he will push himself and he is pulling back from the edge this time. It's a prerequisite." Craig has said: "I knackered my knee and had surgery, I've had my right shoulder reconstructed, my other knee operated on and my thumb got hurt." Gary Powell, stunt co-ordinator for Craig, added that it will be hard to get him to slow down: "He's intrepid. It's pretty hard to stop him. But he lives with the injuries and those aches and pains stay with you long after filming." Reportedly, a source has said that Weisz has lost sleep at night and cannot fathom seeing her husband potentially getting injured on a big action movie shoot which she has allegedly nick-named "the boxing ring".
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This film will be Daniel Craig's fifth and final appearance as James Bond. Scheduled to be released in 2020, the movie will also be Craig's fourteenth year in tenure as James Bond since his first in Casino Royale (2006). This will, by tenure, make Craig the longest running actor playing James Bond in the official series since the late Roger Moore's era between the early 1970s to the mid 1980s, which ran for twelve years, between Live and Let Die (1973) and A View to a Kill (1985). By film count Craig will come third, after Sean Connery with six and Roger Moore with seven (though Connery also has seven if unofficial film Never Say Never Again (1983) is counted).
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Producer Barbara Broccoli has said of this Bond movie: "Bond is not on active service when we start the film. He's enjoying himself while in Jamaica, start his journey here. We built a extraordinary house for him. Five hundred local people are working on the film already."
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The official launch and announcement for the film took place at GoldenEye in Jamaica, once the home of Ian Fleming, where he created the James Bond character in 1952. Ian Fleming wrote twelve novels and two collections of short stories on the island. GoldenEye is owned and operated by Island Outpost, founded by Chris Blackwell who formerly owned Island Records. GoldenEye though was not used as a filming location for the movie but key creatives and principal cast did stay at Goldeneye for this live reveal event and during the Jamaican leg of the shoot.
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Cary Joji Fukunaga replaced Danny Boyle as the film's director about three months before the start of principal photography. On Thursday 20th September 2018 it was announced that Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the 25th Bond film. Boyle, the previous director signed to the project, had left one month earlier on 21st August of that year. Many directors were considered for replacement, with the short-list rumored to include Jean-Marc Vallée, David Mackenzie, Denis Villeneuve, Yann Demange, Edward Berger, and Edgar Wright. Fukunaga is known for his directorial work on the first season of True Detective (2014), Beasts of No Nation (2015), and Netflix limited series Maniac (2018), which premiered the day after his announcement.
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Reportedly, this Bond film and Spectre (2015) will apparently not be based on any original Ian Fleming James Bond story.
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First ever James Bond movie where the character is, at least at the start of the film, officially retired and out of the service in retirement.
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Cary Fukunaga is the first American director to direct an official Bond film. Fukunaga is also the first director of Asian heritage to direct a James Bond film.
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First James Bond movie to feature all the characters of Q, Felix Leiter, Miss Moneypenny, and M since Licence to Kill (1989), which is an interval of about thirty-one years.
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Financing and distribution arrangements for this picture and Spectre (2015) have frequently been reported together suggesting that development of these two Bond films are being set up for a two-year cycle, with No Time to Die (2021) originally targeted for a 2017 release, then pushed back to 2019, and once again to 2020. Reportedly, Daniel Craig has previously stated that there was a plan by the MGM studio to film two Bond movies back-to-back but he had balked at the idea due to the enormity of their productions.
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Despite Skyfall (2012) being shot entirely in digital, and rumors that Bond movies would be shot digitally from then on, Spectre (2015) was shot on 35mm film and No Time to Die (2021) on 65mm.
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The controversial interview with Daniel Craig with Time Out published on 7th October 2015 reports Craig said making another James Bond film after Spectre (2015): Can you imagine doing another Bond movie? ". . . I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on" and You want to move on from Bond for good? "'I haven't given it any thought. For at least a year or two, I just don't want to think about it. I don't know what the next step is. I've no idea. Not because I'm trying to be cagey. Who the f*** knows? At the moment, we've done it. I'm not in discussion with anybody about anything. If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money" and Do you care who plays Bond after you? "'Look, I don't give a f***. Good luck to them! All I care about is that if I stop doing these things we've left it in a good place and people pick it up and make it better. Make it better, that's all."
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Third time actor Jeffrey Wright has played the Felix Leiter character and the first appearance of the character in the series since 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) which is an interval of about a twelve years. In reprising the role, Wright is the first actor to play the character in three James Bond movies. Previously, Wright was tied with actor David Hedison as the only actors to play Leiter twice. Wright previously played Leiter in 'Casino Royale' (2006) and 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
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According to IndieWire, this movie "will go large-format with 65mm Panavision and IMAX 65mm (to shoot the action sequences) for the first time in the series' history."
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First James Bond film to feature a major leading Bond Girl from Cuba with the casting of Cuban born actress Ana de Armas who plays Paloma.
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With a budget of US $250m, this is the most expensive James Bond picture ever made, beating the previous record holder 'Spectre' (2015), which had a price tag of US $245 million.
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With this film, Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the second female screenwriter credited for writing on a James Bond film after Irish screenwriter Johanna Harwood for both Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963).
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25th James Bond movie in the EON Productions official series and the 27th theatrically released James Bond film overall if one includes the non-series spoof Casino Royale (1967) and the unofficial film Never Say Never Again (1983). The movie is the 28th James Bond film overall if one includes the "Casino Royale" (1954 tele-movie [See: Climax!: Casino Royale (1954)].
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Daniel Craig helped design Bond's exclusive Swiss "Omega Seamaster Diver 300M" watch for this, his final film as 007. The watch comes in two editions: one with a NATO style strap for $8,100, and the more expensive one with a titanium mesh bracelet for $9,200 (RRP). Bond has steadfastly worn the Omega Seamaster since GoldenEye (1995), the Swiss company's longest-running line.
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At 2 hours and 43 minutes, No Time To Die (2020) is the longest Bond film by approximately 13 minutes, beating out Spectre (2015).
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Daniel Craig stated on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015) in August of 2017 that this movie will be his final film playing James Bond.
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The film was much rumoured to be called "Shatterhand" as this was the picture's official working title. This was not the first Bond-themed film to have this title. Shatterhand (2012) was a James Bond tribute film which debuted in the same year as Skyfall (2012). Other official Bond movies that share titles with previous Bond-related movies include GoldenEye (1995), which shares its title with a TV movie about Ian Fleming, Goldeneye (1989) (aka "The Man with the Golden Pen"); and Casino Royale (2006), of which there had been two earlier versions, Casino Royale (1967) and Climax!: Casino Royale (1954). Since, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has confirmed 'Shatterhand' will not be the title of this movie. In the Fleming novels "Shatterhand" is an alias used by Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
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Spectre (2015) screenwriter John Logan was once reportedly commissioned to write scripts for this movie as well as No Time to Die (2021) at the same time but this is apparently not the case. According to Daniel Craig, there was an idea at the studio of filming two consecutive Bond pictures back-to-back to which Craig apparently baulked at the idea due to their enormity. The James Bond Wikia website states: "A popular news story, started by the blog Deadline, reports the Skyfall (2012) writer John Logan has been commissioned by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to pen Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2021) as a two-parter. Months later, this rumor was repudiated but no official announcement either way has been made. Logan did pen the script for Spectre (2015) and may be considered a front-runner for hemming the No Time to Die (2021) script".
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produce the James Bond movies but do not generally theatrically release them. The agreement between MGM and Sony expires with Spectre (2015). Originally it was a two picture deal with Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008) for Sony to distribute which then got renewed for two more films of which Skyfall (2012) was the first. At the time of the theatrical release of Spectre (2015), MGM was in discussions with three studios, which were believed to be Sony, Paramount and Warner Bros. Reportedly, it was stated that MGM was looking for a more lucrative deal, and was looking to drive a hard bargain. In the end, Universal Pictures became this film's worldwide distributor on 24th May 2018.
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Prince Charles visited the set at Pinewood Studios on 20th June 2019 where he met with star Daniel Craig, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, cast members Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Lashana Lynch, special effects head Chris Corbould, and various other dignitaries, studio heads and crew members. He was shown two Aston Martin vehicles - the traditional gun metal grey DB5, and the 1986/1987 5.3 liter Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante Series 2 model, last seen in the series in 'The Living Daylights' (1987). It was for this earlier James Bond film, which was the last time that Prince Charles visited a James Bond set, in 1986, with Princess Diana, where they met actor Timothy Dalton, who was the actor playing James Bond at the time.
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Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson did state after Spectre (2015)'s theatrical release that they felt reasonably confident that Daniel Craig would return for this movie.
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On 21st August 2018, star Daniel Craig and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, announced via the official James Bond Twitter account, that due to creative differences, the film's director Danny Boyle had decided to no longer direct 'Bond 25', later named as 'No Time to Die' (2020).
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The seventh screenplay for a James Bond movie written by regular Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade. Their first was for The World Is Not Enough (1999).
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Fifth James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig as James Bond.
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Of all the three James Bond movies to film in Jamaica, 'Dr No' (1962), 'Live and Let Die' (1973), and 'No Time to Die' (2020), all three have featured the CIA agent Felix Leiter character. He is played in each of these James Bond films by different actors, they being, Jack Lord, David Hedison, and Jeffrey Wright respectively.
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The movies's producers, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, have commented, "We're thrilled to return to Jamaica with 'Bond 25', Daniel Craig's fifth installment in the 007 series, where Ian Fleming created the iconic James Bond character and 'Dr. No' and 'Live And Let Die' were filmed."
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At age 38, Rami Malek is the same age as Daniel Craig was when he first starred as James Bond in Casino Royale (2006).
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The New York Times reported in July 2017 that Daniel Craig had a "verbal agreement" with James Bond film producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson that he would return for this Bond movie.
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Showtime CEO and President and David Nevins said on 8th August 2017 that Purity has been delayed until 2019 because Daniel Craig must first complete a Bond film. This therefore confirmed that Craig would be returning to play Agent 007. Nevins said: "He's doing Bond first. I can't say anything about what I know or don't know about Bond. That's not my area."
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The official BOND 25 Live Reveal for this motion picture was held on 25th April 2019 at the Goldeneye Resort in Oracabessa, Jamaica.
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As of 24th May 2018, it was announced that this film will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures. This is the first of the Daniel Craig James Bond movies to not be distributed by Sony / Columbia Pictures in non-USA foreign territories.
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"Shatterhand" was the official working title listed for the film on IMDb at least for a long time. 'Shatterhand' is the name of the alias name of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Ian Fleming's novel "You Only Live Twice". Bond producer Barbara Broccoli confirmed 'Shatterhand' will not be the title of this movie when signing an autograph for a fan.
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Third James Bond movie to film in Norway. The first was 'You Only live Twice' (1967) where the exterior of the Russian radar station was filmed at Mågerø in Norway for that Bond movie's opening sequence. The second was 'Die Another Day' (2002) where Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway was used for filming ice cliffs for a cgi plate. Additional filming was also conducted at the Jostedal Glacier National Park in Luster, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway for the ice car chase and the ice palace environs. However, this third time filming in Norwayfor a Bond film is the first time that Norway is featuring as a central major filming location in a Bond movie as the amount of filming for the earlier two Bond films shot in Norway was only minimal.
The Matera location in Italy, which is apparently being used for the pre-credits action sequence in this film, reportedly was actually first location scouted for the pre-titles opening car chase for the earlier James Bond movie 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
This will be the first Bond film since Die Another Day (2002) to be distributed theatrically by MGM in the US. When they secured a deal for the film with Universal in 2018, which covers both international theatrical distribution and worldwide home entertainment distribution, MGM reclaimed the US theatrical rights through a joint distribution venture they formed with Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures. On February 5, 2019, MGM and Annapurna relaunched United Artists to expand their joint venture, and re-brand Annapurna's one-time theatrical distribution arm under the United Artists Releasing banner, making this the first Bond film since The World Is Not Enough (1999) to be distributed with the UA brand. (UA had been a home to the series for 38 years since its initial launch in 1962.)
Daniel Craig said in a interview he is very sad to be leaving the series.
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Scotland is rumored to also being used as a filming location for this movie for about a week's shooting.
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With this film, Daniel Craig will become the third ranked actor to have played the character the most times in the official movies, after first ranked Roger Moore who made seven official Bond films, and second ranked Sean Connery (the first and original series James Bond) who appeared in six official Bond movies, but Connery equals Moore's seven Bond movies, if one counts Connery's unofficial Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983). If one counts both the tallies of Moore and Connery as being equal with 7 pictures each, Craig will, with a tally of five films with No Time to Die (2021), become the second ranked actor to have played James Bond the most times in cinema movies, after the Moore-Connery tie for first place. Down the tally order would be Pierce Brosnan with four, Timothy Dalton with two, and George Lazenby with one. David Niven portrayed the character of Sir James Bond once, in the unofficial spoof Casino Royale (1967), whilst Barry Nelson played James Bond once in the "Casino Royale" tele-movie (See: Climax!: Casino Royale (1954)).
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge was a late addition to the screenwriting team, following several delays in production including the replacement of director Danny Boyle with Cary Joji Fukunaga. In interviews, Daniel Craig has denied rumors that Waller-Bridge was added to the writing team for reasons of gender inclusiveness and making the script more feminist. He insisted that she was invited at his own request because he considers her a great writer, and wanted her input in sharpening the script and punching up the dialogue.
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Three explosions accidentally went off on the set at the 007 Stafe at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Reportedly, part of the 007 Stage roof fell off, as well as some wall panels. One crew member suffered minor injuries.
Composer Hans Zimmer replaced director Cary Joji Fukunaga's regular music composer Dan Romer during late 2019 due to creative differences. According to show-business trade paper 'Variety', this picture "marks the first time in the 58-year history of Bond films that a composer has been replaced during post-production".
First James Bond movie to be made and released after the passing away of former 007 actor Roger Moore who sadly passed away on 23rd May 2017. It will also be the first film in the series to be released after the passing of former 007 actor Sean Connery, who sadly passed away on 31st October 2020.
The movie's official twenty minute launch video, 'Bond 25: Live Reveal' (2019), was predominantly filmed at the Goldeneye estate in Jamaica, as well as a few other Jamaican locations, where author Ian Fleming's wrote a number of the original James Bond novels and short stories.
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With the announcement of Christoph Waltz returning to play Ernst Stavro Blofeld, this marks the first time in fifty-four years that an actor (the uncredited Anthony Dawson before) played the SPECTRE mastermind more than once.
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In January 2017, co-screenwriter Neal Purvis told the Telegraph newspaper that they did not know how to place the character of James Bond in a world where Donald Trump is the US President. Purvis said: "I'm just not sure how you would go about writing a James Bond film now," and, "each time, you've got to say something about Bond's place in the world, which is Britain's place in the world. But things are moving so quickly now, that becomes tricky. With people like Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality. So when they do another one, it will be interesting to see how they deal with the fact that the world has become a fantasy." Previously, Democrat American President John F. Kennedy had been a big fan of James Bond, particularly the novel "From Russia With Love". JFK listed Ian Fleming's 1957 book as among his top ten favorite novels of all time. That list was published in Life Magazine on 17th March 1961. Possibly as a result, the then Bond producers decided to make the second James Bond movie From Russia with Love (1963). According to the book "Death of a President" (1964) by William Raymond Manchester, this was the last motion picture JFK ever saw, which was at a private screening at the White House on 20th November 1963.
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First James Bond film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond not to feature the Sony / Columbia Pictures studio logo at the start of the movie nor be distributed by that studio in any territories.
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All of the actors in the official James Bond series to date have done a different number of James Bond films with no actor to date doing three despite any contract for three films and assuming, as reported, No Time to Die (2021) will be Daniel Craig's last. They are: George Lazenby (one), Timothy Dalton (two), Pierce Brosnan (four), Daniel Craig (five), Sean Connery (six), Roger Moore (seven) [Connery has also done seven Bond films if one counts the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983)].
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This film was the first major movie production scheduled to open in 2020 that had to move its release date due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As of this reading, it is currently scheduled for October 8, 2021.
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Léa Seydoux is the first actress to play a non-regular Bond Girl in successive James Bond films since Eunice Gayson portrayed Sylvia Trench in 'Dr. No' (1962) and then in 'From Russia With Love' (1963). The character of Trench was originally intended to be a regular in the series but was halted after the second appearance. It's believed that Seydoux, who reprises her role as Dr. Madeleine Swann, is the main love interest and major Bond Girl/Bond Woman in the movie, as she appears in movie posters with Daniel Craig, both seated in the Aston Martin DB5.
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The film's official synopsis reads: "James Bond has left active service when his friend Felix Leiter enlists his help in the search for a missing scientist. When it becomes apparent that they were abducted, Bond must confront a danger the likes of which the world has never seen."
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Daniel Craig has become the first American to play James Bond in the official film series. Given his US citizenship was completed prior to the end of principal photography on 'No Time To Die' (2020), it makes him the first American citizen to play James Bond in the official EON Productions series. Further, the previous James Bond actor, Pierce Brosnan, also became an American citizen, but he completed the process in 2004, two years after his last film, 'Die Another Day' (2002). The first actor to play James Bond, and the first American actor as well, was Barry Nelson, who played the character in the 'Casino Royale' tele-movie, a 1954 episode of the television series 'Climax!'.
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It had been touted that Daniel Craig would not play James Bond in this film the 25th in the series after Spectre (2015). Rumored and considered replacement actors were Harry Lloyd, Idris Elba, Aidan Turner, Henry Cavill, Jamie Dornan, Orlando Bloom, Hugh Jackman, Charlie Hunnam, Matthew Goode, Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Jack Davenport, David Beckham, and bookies front-runners, Tom Hardy and Damian Lewis.
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Andy Serkis was rumored to be replacing Christoph Waltz as Blofeld if Daniel Craig didn't come back for this film, assuming the Blofeld character would be in this movie, as Waltz has reportedly stated that he won't play Blofeld again without Craig also playing James Bond. Reportedly, on 26th October 2017, Waltz said to Italian film website 'Talky Movie' on the red carpet at the Festa del Cinema di Roma, that he would not be returning as Blofeld for this movie and said: "No, I'm sorry. I'm really sad, but that's the tradition, that there is a new...name. Sorry. I would've liked to." However, in the end, Waltz did return to play Blofeld in this picture.
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According to show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter' in 2015, Spectre (2015) "...could mark the end of the Sony/MGM collaboration. Spectre (2015) is the last in a two-picture deal that Sony struck in 2011 with MGM, which controls rights to Bond along with EON producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Sources say MGM expects to pursue an especially tough bargain once other studios come calling. Sony established a successful track record with the first two 007 movies starring Daniel Craig as the tuxedoed super-spy, Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). But it still had to fend off competition from rivals when it sat down with MGM, headed by CEO Gary Barber, in 2011 to renew its deal. Paramount came close to snapping up Bond but walked away from MGM's demands and the relatively low 8 per cent distribution fee MGM was willing to pay. Sony prevailed by throwing other movies into the pot, taking on MGM as a co-financing partner on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and Total Recall (2012). But while Sony had been 50-50 partners on Casino [Royale] and Quantum [of Solace], it capped its investment in Spectre (2015) . . . to 25 percent of the movie's negative cost. In exchange, it has a 25 percent stake in the new movie plus distribution fees for overseeing its worldwide roll-out".
Sony has been in talks about renewing the distribution for the James Bond series, after Spectre (2015) would be its last film between Sony and MGM in the current renewed distribution contract, which also included Skyfall (2012). The two studios first Bond distribution was for Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). However, other studios have been competing for the distribution rights, including, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox.
The first release of this movie will mark the second longest hiatus in the official James Bond series. The interval between this picture and 'Spectre' (2015) is four years and four months. The longest gap between Bond movies was six years and five months between 'Licence to Kill' (1989) and 'Goldeneye' (1995). The third longest interval, a four year gap, occurred twice, between 'Die Another Day' (2002) and 'Casino Royale' (2006), and once again, between 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) and 'Skyfall' (2012).
With development of this movie reported to going to start in 2016, the film, the 25th Bond movie in the official series, was originally estimated to be released in either late 2017 or late 2018, but in mid-2017 it was confirmed that it will be debuting late 2019.
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Actress Grace Jones, who is of Jamaican descent, was going to be making a cameo appearance in this James Bond film, during the Jamaica scenes. Two of this movie's actresses, Lashana Lynch and Naomie Harris, are both of Jamaican descent. Jones starred as May Day in the earlier James Bond movie, 'A View to a Kill' (1985). However, reportedly, Jones allegedly shortly quit the shoot after arriving on set after finding out how small her part was.
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The movie's "No Time to Die" is the not the name of any original James Bond novel or short story by Ian Fleming, or any continuation novel or short story by another writer, nor does it allegedly have any connection in terms of wording or phraseology, such as the name of a chapter title, with James Bond creator Ian Fleming. "No Time to Die" is the third James Bond film in the official series not to have any direct connection with Fleming. The first was "Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997), the second was "Die Another Day" (2002). Its the fourth, if one counts the unofficial Bond movie "Never Say Never Again" (1983).
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In late June 2019, it was reported in the media that there had been a title for this movie, 'A Reason to Die', which was to be announced during the late April launch event, 'Bond 25: Live Reveal' (2020) (V), but was allegedly pulled the night before by senior figures in the production for not being Bond enough. If 'A Reason to Die' was to have become the title of this film, then known under the working title of 'Bond 25' (2020), it would also have been the fourth James Bond film to feature the word "die(s)" in the title, after 'Live and Let Die' (1973), ''Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997), and 'Die Another Day' (2002). Further, the theme song for 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) was called 'Another Way to Die'. Moreover, the phrase 'A Reason to Die' formed part of the title for the early 1970s spaghetti western, 'A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die' (1972), which co-starred Telly Savalas, who had played Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the earlier James Bond film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969). In the end, the title was announced as 'No Time to Die' (2020), which like the title 'A Reason to Die', features the word "die(s)" in the title. So either way, the picture becomes the fourth James Bond film in the official series to feature the word "die(s)" in the title.
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James Bond movies, according to 'The Morning Call', "have usually been announced in Britain but this time, the cast and filmmakers flocked to Fleming's Goldeneye villa in Jamaica for a live-streamed announcement".
First James Bond movie in the official series since 'Dr. No' (1962) where the location of Jamaica actually portrays itself. 'Dr. No.' (1962) was the first James Bond movie in the official series. The interval between the two pictures is fifty-eight years. In the James Bond movie 'Live and Let Die' (1973), Jamaica did not portray itself, it played the fictitious nation country state of "San Monique".
The "Safin" name of Rami Malek's villain character in the film is of Arabic origin. Its meaning is "muhammad saw" or "small name of Islamic Prophet, Muhammad Saw". It is a male name for a boy and can also be spelled "Safeen". Actor Rami Malek actually has ancestry from an Arab country (Egypt) and was raised until the age of four being able to speak colloquial Masri, which is Egyptian Arabic. Malik is the second actor with ancestry from an Arab country to win the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Actor. F. Murray Abraham, who won for 'Amadeus' (1984), was the first, whilst Malek won about 34 years later for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (2018).
First James Bond movie to feature two lead / major Bond Girls who are black. They are actresses Lashana Lynch and Naomie Harris, who play Nomi and Eve Moneypenny, respectively. In 2015, when 'Spectre' was released, Essence and the African-American Film Critics Association produced the event "Black Women of Bond", held at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles in California, USA, it being a "tribute to honor the contributions of Black actresses to the iconic series."
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With a running time of 163 minutes, or two hours and 43 minutes, 'No Time to Die' (2020) has the longest ever running time for a Bond movie. At two hours and twenty-four minutes, 'Casino Royale' (2006) was once the longest James Bond movie, beating the previous holder On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) by four minutes, until the release of Spectre (2015), which beat it by another four minutes. 'Spectre' (2015) was recently the longest James Bond movie record holder, with a running time of two hours and twenty-eight minutes. Daniel Craig has now played Bond in the four longest Bond movies of all time: 'No Time to Die' (2020, 'Spectre' (2015), Skyfall (2012), and Casino Royale (2006). The former long-time record holder, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), is now in fifth place, with Skyfall (2012) in fourth. Conversely, Daniel Craig has also starred in the shortest theatrical Bond film to date, Quantum of Solace (2008), which has a running time of only one hour and forty-six minutes.
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Producer Michael G. Wilson confirmed during the theatrical release of Spectre (2015) that Daniel Craig is not contracted for five films and at the time of the interview Craig is not actually under contract for No Time to Die (2021). Wilson told London's The Mirror, "We think we've got him but we don't have a contract" whilst Wilson said to The Hollywood Reporter, "...that the studio [MGM] is confident of securing Craig for the inevitable No Time to Die (2021)" according to website 'We Got this Covered'.
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Rumoured titles for this picture have included "Eclipse", "Shatterhand", and "A Reason to Die". No title for the movie was available at the official launch event on 25th April 2019, where it has been reported that the title "A Reason to Die" was allegedly dropped by the production just the day/night before on 24/04/2019.
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Debuting James Bond co-scriptwriter Scott Z. Burns previously was a screenwriter on the Jason Bourne film 'The Bourne Ultimatum'. However, he receives no credit for screenwriting on this picture as Union rules state that there can be only four writing credits for a film.
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James Bond series regulars since Skyfall (2012), Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, whose characters of Q and Moneypenny respectively were re-introduced to the series with that Bond movie, have both appeared in other espionage filmed productions since their last Bond movie role reprisals in Spectre (2015). Whishaw has starred in the London Spy (2015) mini-series for television, whilst Harris has starred in the filmed adaptation of John le Carré's Our Kind of Traitor (2016).
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Both actor Daniel Craig and actress Ana de Armas have starred in a movie with Harrison Ford. Craig was in Cowboys & Aliens (2011) whilst de Armas was in Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Both films were science fiction pictures.
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The film allegedly has a working title of "Shatterhand". According to the book "James Bond: The Man and His World" (2005) by Henry Chancellor, "'Old Shatterhand' was a curiously named café that [Bond creator Ian] Fleming had seen in Hamburg in 1959". There has already been a movie that shares the title of this café, Old Shatterhand (1964). Hamburg, Germany, is where Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) was partially shot. One of the working titles for Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) reportedly was "Shatterhand".
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Reportedly, African actress Lupita Nyong'o was apparently sought for a role, but was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts, as she is committed to both '355' and 'The Killer' . The relevant part is believed to have been filled by actress Lashana Lynch who portrays Nomi.
First James Bond film to feature Cuba as a setting since 'Die Another Day' (2002) which is an interval of about eighteen years. However, the picture will not do any filming in Cuba, with Jamaica and Pinewood studios doubling for the small nation. For the earlier 'Die Another Day' (2002), the production went to Cuba to source locations, but they were unable to shoot there, due to American legislation of the USA, so Cuba was re-created in a combination of Pinewood Studios outside of London, England, and at Cadiz in Andalucía, Spain. 'No Time to Die' (2020) features the first ever lead/major Cuban Bond Girl, Paloma, portrayed by Cuban born actress Ana de Armas. An earlier James Bond movie 'Goldeneye' (1995) was also partially set in Cuba, with the Goldeneye Satellite Dish set there, but this was actually portrayed by the Arecibo Observatory, which is located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The official live reveal launch of 'No Time to Die' (2020) was held at the Goldeneye Estate in Jamaica.
Actor Christoph Waltz, who appeared as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in 'Spectre' (2015), has said multiple times ever since that movie that he wasn't interested in returning in a future James Bond movie, if Daniel Craig didn't return. When Craig announced that he would return for 'No Time to Die' (2020), Waltz later changed his mind in late-2017 and said he wasn't interested in returning at all, because he felt his character had served his purpose in the James Bond story. On 13th July 2019, Waltz had a change of heart again, as it was confirmed that he would in fact return as Blofeld in 'No Time to Die' (2020).
Vehicles featured in the film include an Aston Martin V8 and DB5, a Land Rover Series III and Defender 110, a Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE, and a Royal Alloy GT125 scooter.
After Danny Boyle left the project, a short-list of potential directors included: Jean-Marc Vallée, David Mackenzie, Yann Demange, and Edgar Wright.
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Daniel Craig announced that he would be returning to the role of James Bond with this movie on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015) in August 2017 whilst doing press (publicity) for Logan Lucky (2017). In that film, Craig plays a character called "Joe Bang", which has the same "J.B." initials as "James Bond", and in a sense, this is a play on the name of the James Bond character. The timing of the announcement has been considered to be an asset for the promotion of Logan Lucky (2017).
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The movie's "No Time To Die" title, after having being known as "Bond 25" for a very long time, was announced by the producers, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, via Twitter on 20th August 2018.
This is Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's first film to shoot with 70mm IMAX film cameras and Universal Pictures's second film to use IMAX film cameras since the lunar sequences in First Man (2018). Both films were shot by Linus Sandgren.
Christoph Waltz's return as villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld was suppose to be a secret and a surprise for moviegoers. However, he was spotted on the lot at Pinewood Studios during principal photography, where Waltz allegedly said to some passersby, something like " you haven't seen me". Once the secret was out, Waltz's appearance in the movie eventually became part of the picture's publicity and promotion, with him appearing in credits and trailers.
Land Rover has had a long partnership with EON Productions' official James Bond film franchise and it continues with this picture. Their first association was during 1982 on 'Octopussy' (1983) which was about thirty-eight years prior to 'No Time to Die' (2020). In 'Octopussy' (1983), the Land Rover vehicle featured was a russet brown 1980 special conversion off-road Land Rover Range Rover drop-top convertible Series I 'Rapport Huntsman' vehicle seen during the film's opening sequence. Land Rover vehicles that appear in 'No Time to Die' (2020) include four makes and models: The Range Rover Classic, the Series III Land Rover, the Range Rover Sport SVR, and the new Land Rover Defender.
The film cast includes two Oscar (Academy Award) winners: Rami Malek and Christoph Waltz and two Oscar (Academy Award) nominees: Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes.
The filming location of Matera in Italy is rumored and expected to be, according to industry insiders, be staging this movie's pre-credits action sequence, and is expected to be of the size and style of the one which was filmed in Mexico for 'Spectre' (2015).
Metro Goldwyn Mayer will release this 25th James Bond feature film domestically in the USA through their United Artists Releasing banner on 8th April 2020, through Universal Pictures International globally in non-US and UK territories, and through Metro Goldwyn Mayer, in the UK on 3rd April 2020.
The film's premiere in China and a countrywide publicity tour was planned for April 2020 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
Rami Malek is the third consecutive actor to play a Bond villain to have won an Oscar, and he is the fifth actor overall to do this. Previous Bond villain actors who have won Oscars and their Bond films include: Benicio Del Toro ('Licence to Kill' (1989)), Christopher Walken ('A View to a Kill (1985)), Christoph Waltz ('SPECTRE' (2015), and Javier Bardem ('Skyfall' (2012)). Robert Shaw ('From Russia with Love' (1963)) and Telly Savalas ("On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969)) were both nominated for Academy Awards but didn't win.
'No Time To Die' (1958), aka 'Tank Force!', featured actor-stuntman Bob Simmons, who played Mustapha. He later became a stunts veteran of twelve official James Bond movies. Simmons also had previously collaborated with co-founding James Bond series producer Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli on the non-Bond movies 'Zarak' (1956), 'The Red Beret' (1953), 'Fire Down Below' (1957), and 'The Black Knight' (1954). 'Tank Force!' aka 'No Time to Die' (1958) was a Warwick Films production produced by Irving Allen and Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, the latter being a James Bond film series co-founding producer along with Harry Saltzman.
The type of mask seen in the film being worn by Rami Malek is a known as a "Noh" mask. They are made by carving from blocks of Japanese cypress and then later painted with natural pigments.
The film was originally scheduled for release in April 2020, however due to concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak, its release was delayed to later in the year, 12th November in the UK and 25th November 25 in the USA.
Eight stunt replicas of the classic James Bond gun-metal gray car, the Aston Martin DB5, were especially designed and constructed for this movie.
Star Daniel Craig told GQ magazine that there were "four versions of the 'No Time to Die' script [that] came and went during the movie's development."
With Our Kind of Traitor (2016) following 2015's James Bond movie Spectre (2015) in 2016, Miss Moneypenny actress Naomie Harris becomes the fourth major actor in the James Bond film series to star in movies relating to both John le Carré and Ian Fleming's James Bond. Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery are actors who have both previously portrayed James Bond on screen and both starred in le Carré filmed adaptions, they being respectively The Tailor of Panama (2001) and The Russia House (1990), the latter which has a title that evokes From Russia with Love (1963) which starred Connery as Bond. Rachel Weisz, the wife of James Bond actor Daniel Craig, previously starred in the Carré filmed adaptation The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. The Constant Gardener (2005) also starred the Bond film franchise's Ralph Fiennes who has portrayed the series' new M character Gareth Mallory since Skyfall (2012) as has Harris played Eve Moneypenny. About thirty cast and crew personnel worked on both Spectre (2015) and the film of John le Carré's Our Kind of Traitor (2016). It is anticipated that the characters of M and Eve Moneypenny played by both Fiennes and Harris respectively will return in No Time to Die (2021).
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It is was once rumored that Theo James would be replacing Daniel Craig as James Bond but this turned out not to eventuate.
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First James Bond movie to film in Jamaica since 'Live and Let Die' (1973) with this being an interval of about forty-six years.
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The movie's 'No Time to Die' title features a word mentioning death or dying. During the making of 'Quantum of Solace', James Bond actor Daniel Craig said he wanted to avoid titles that mention dying or death for that Bond film's title. The name of the theme song for that Bond movie actually ended up being "Another Way To Die".
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Development of this picture has been reported to begin in Spring 2016 in the Northern Hemisphere which will be the season of Autumn 2016 in the Southern Hemisphere. In a late 2015 interview with Swiss news-magazine 20Minuten.ch, producer Barbara Broccoli said: "We have put three years of work into Spectre (2015). It was a thrill, but now we want to enjoy the success and the reactions of the audiences. In spring we start again."
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The film's original North American theatrical release date was November 8th, 2019. Its release date was pushed back a second time, to February 14th, 2020, and then again until April 2020. However on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 two days after tickets were released, it was announced that the film would be postponed seven months till November 2020 due to the Coronavirus affecting movie theatres in several international markets. The film was scheduled for November 25th in North America but on June 13th, 2020 it was moved up five days to November 20th. It will open on November 12th in the U.K.
Third James Bond movie for actors Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), and Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny).
This movie shares its name with Columbo (1971) season eleven, episode two, "No Time to Die".
Actresses Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch appearing in this film are both of Jamaican descent. This movie features Jamaica as one of the major filming locations. Naomie Harris' mother is from Jamaica, where Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond stories at his Goldeneye estate. Lynch is the fifth actress of Jamaican descent to play a Bond Girl whilst Naomie Harris was the fourth actress of Jamaican descent to play a Bond Girl, starting with 'Skyfall' (2012), then 'Spectre' (2015). American Grace Jones was the third in A View to a Kill (1985). Jones was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, whereas Harris' mother is from Jamaica, Naomie spent some time there as a child. Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond stories at Goldeneye in Jamaica. The first Bond Girl in the official franchise, was Swiss actress Ursula Andress, who was first seen in a white bikini emerging from the tranquil sea waters of Jamaica in Dr. No (1962). Marguerite LeWars was the first in Dr. No (1962). LeWars was the reigning Miss Jamaica, and was cast in the film when the production crew encountered her at Kingston Airport, where she had been an employee there. Martine Beswick is the second Jamaican actress, and the only Jamaican who was cast twice: as the gypsy Zora in From Russia with Love (1963), and as the doomed Paula in Thunderball (1965).
An early short promotional gun barrel sequence was released in black and white in June 2019 mirroring the one that was used for 'Casino Royale' (2006) and suggesting the possibility that the series traditional gun barrel sequence may not be used for this movie.
Fourth James Bond film to feature the word 'Die' or 'Dies' in the title after 'Live and Let Die' (1973), 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997), and 'Die Another Day' (2002). A James Bond continuation novel by John Gardner is entitled 'Win, Lose or Die' (1989) whilst another by Raymond Benson is called 'Never Dream of Dying' (2001). The names of two 'Young Bond' novels are 'Double or Die' (2007) by Charlie Higson and 'Heads You Die' (2016) by Steve Cole.
Fourth consecutive James Bond film, after Spectre (2015), Skyfall (2012), and Quantum of Solace (2008), where Rory Kinnear played the Mi6 Chief of Staff character of "Tanner". With Spectre (2015), Kinnear took the record for playing the character the most times in a Bond movie, previously having tied with Michael Kitchen, who portrayed Tanner twice in GoldenEye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999) (as well as voicing the character with his image in the video game The World Is Not Enough (2000)). Kinnear has also voiced Tanner with his image in three James Bond video games, they being 007 Legends (2012), GoldenEye 007 (2010), and James Bond 007: Blood Stone (2010). Taking all of these, this takes Kinnear's appearances as "Tanner" in all Bond visual media to six times. James Villiers and Michael Goodliffe each played the "Tanner" character once in Bond films, in For Your Eyes Only (1981) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), respectively.
Third James Bond movie in the official series to feature Cuba as a setting. The first was 'Goldeneye' (1995), whilst the second was 'Die Another Day' (2002). 'No Time to Die' (2020) is the first non-Pierce Brosnan James Bond film to feature Cuba as a setting.
Fifth James Bond movie to film in Scotland. The fourth was 'Skyfall' (2012) which shot in the Highlands at Glencoe, and Glen Etive. The first, From Russia with Love (1963), filmed at various locations in the Argyll and Bute region). The second, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), filmed at the Faslane Naval base whilst the third, The World Is Not Enough (1999), filmed at Eilean Donan Castle at Kyle of Lochalsh in the Highlands. 'No Time to Die' (2020) is the sixth Bond film to shoot in Scotland, if one includes the unofficial Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967) which shot in Killin in Stirling. Sir Sean Connery, the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen, was a Scot. The Scottish Dalness Estate once belonged to the Fleming family and James Bond creator Ian Fleming loved the Scottish region so much that he gave the James Bond character a Scottish genealogical lineage. The character's father, Andrew, comes from Glencoe, where 'Skyfall' (2012) filmed alongside the Buachaille Etive Mor mountain. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), James Bond is seen wearing a kilt.
Principal photography on this picture ran for 184 days between 28th April and 25th October 2019. Some second unit filming was done earlier in Norway during March 2019 and pick up shots were filmed at Pinewood Studios on Friday 20th December 2019.
The film's title song sung by Billie Eilish broke the record for the biggest ever opening week for a James Bond theme/title song in the UK. The track sold about 90,000 copies in its first week of seven days in release and also had 10.6 million streams in the same, racing to the UK No. #1 spot on the pop charts. Previously, Sam Smith's theme song from 'Spectre' (2015), entitled 'Writing's On The Wall', previously held the record, selling almost 70,000 copies when it debuted in late 2015, also hitting the UK No. #1 spot on the music single charts. Adele's title song for 'Skyfall' (2012) sold about 84,000 copies when it debuted in late 2012 which at the time made it to the UK No. #2 rank on the UK top of the pops chart.
It was much speculated and anticipated that singer Billie Eilish might be launching this film's title song at the 2020 Academy Awards ceremony. This was fueled by the fact that the details of her performance at the event and the name of the song she would be singing was not revealed publicly. She did not sing the 'No Time to Die' song at the Oscars but sang 'Yesterday' by 'The Beatles' during the 'In Memoriam' segment. The original director of 'No Time to Die' (2020) was Danny Boyle. After he left the production over creative differences, the name of the movie he made was 'The Beatles' related feature film 'Yesterday' (2019).
Second Daniel Craig James Bond movie where there has been a four year gap between pictures, with his previous film being Spectre (2015). Earlier, there was a four year interval between Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012). The only other four year period between Bond films was between Die Another Day (2002) and Casino Royale (2006), the latter being Craig's first film as James Bond.
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During the early development period of this film during 2016, one of the film's producers, Barbara Broccoli, produced William Shakespeare's "Othello" on the stage Off-Broadway, and set in a modern day army military camp barracks, with James Bond actor Daniel Craig playing Iago, and with David Oyelowo portraying the title character of Othello.
The picture was filmed on two continents, Europe and North America, which comprised five countries: Jamaica, Italy, Norway, Scotland, and England, with the first being part of Northern America, and with the last four all being European nations.
Cuban actress Ana de Armas, who plays the Bond Girl Paloma in this picture, made her big screen debut in the Spanish movie 'Virgin Rose' ('Una rosa de Francia') which premiered in 2006 - the same year as Daniel Craig's first James Bond movie 'Casino Royale'.
It marks as the second longest gap in between Bond movies. In between this film and the previous entry Spectre (2015), it's a distance of five years. The longest gap was of six years in between Licence to Kill (1989) and GoldenEye (1995).
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Paul McGuigan, Edgar Wright, Christopher McQuarrie, S. J. Clarkson, Jean-Marc Vallée, David Mackenzie, and Yann Demange were all apparently considered to direct the movie at some point. Director Christoper Nolan stated he would not be directing the film. Cary Joji Fukunaga replaced Danny Boyle as the film's director.
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Seventh James Bond film to have a title which references life and/or death. The previous ones [in order] were: 'You Only Live Twice' (1967), 'Live and Let Die' (1973), 'A View to a Kill' (1985), 'Licence to Kill' (1989), 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997), and 'Die Another Day' (2002).
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Rami Malek's stunt double in this film is named Safi. Rami's character in the film is named Safin.
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The North American release date in the USA was pushed back from 14th February 2020 to 8th April 2020.
Though the official announcement event and its associated twenty minute launch video [See: 'Bond 25: Live Reveal' (2019)] were hosted at the Goldeneye estate and resort where Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond stories and novels, and the movie itself is being partly filmed in Jamaica, the 'Goldeneye' site in Oracabessa in Jamaica itself is not being used as a filming location for this film.
First James Bond movie to be distributed by the Universal Pictures studio, at least in part, as they will be distributing the movie in non-USA territories, as did the previous foreign distributor of the last four pictures, Sony / Columbia Pictures. The film is expected to feature the Universal Pictures studio logo at the start of the movie, as the Columbia Pictures logo did. This movie will also be the first James Bond film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond not to be distributed by the Sony / Columbia Pictures studio.
Third James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig as James Bond with a motor-bike chase sequence. The first was in 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) whilst the second was in 'Skyfall' (2012).
First James Bond film to feature a black Felix Leiter character and a black Miss Moneypenny character in the same James Bond movie. The series regular characters are played by Jeffrey Wright and Naomie Harris respectively. In 2015, when 'Spectre' (2015) debuted, the African American Film Critics Association hosted a tribute event to "The Black Women of Bond" at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, USA.
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Fifth James Bond movie in the official series with a four word title. The first was 'From Russia with Love' (1963), the second was 'You Only Live Twice' (1967), the third was 'Live and Let Die' (1973), and the fourth was 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981). It's the sixth if one counts the unofficial Bond movie 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
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Between this James Bond movie and the previous one, Spectre (2015), the films' producers, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, produced a non-Bond picture, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017), their first non-Bond dramatic feature film produced together.
Producer Barbara Broccoli confirmed 'Shatterhand' would not be the title of this movie around March 2019 when she signed a piece of fan art for autograph hunter India Grace that included the word 'Shatterhand' on it.
Fourth James Bond film starring Daniel Craig to film in Italy. The earlier ones were 'Casino Royale' (2006), 'Quantum of Solace' (2008), and 'Spectre' (2015). With the announcement in 2019 that Bond 25 (2020) will be filming scenes in Matera in Italy, 'Skyfall' (2012) becomes the only Bond film starring Daniel Craig not to have any scenes set or shot in Italy.
Eighth James Bond film to shoot in Italy with the movie filming in Matera. The previous pictures were [in order]: 'From Russia with Love' (1963) in Venice, 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977) in Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, 'Moonraker' (1979) in Venice, 'For Your Eyes Only (1981) in Cortina d'Ampezzo, 'Casino Royale' (2006)' in Venice and Lake Como, 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) in Siena and Talamone, as well as 'Spectre' (2015) in Rome.
Cameo: Michael G. Wilson. The producer and long-time series associate, as subtly mentioned at the 'Bond 25 Live Reveal' event, in a yet undisclosed part.
This James Bond film features Jamaica as a major filming location. Five of the actual original James Bond novels and short stories written by Ian Fleming at the Goldeneye estate in this country featured Jamaica as a setting. They were (in order): The novel 'Live and Let Die' (1954); the novel 'Dr. No' (1958); the short story 'For Your Eyes Only' (1960); the novel 'The Man with the Golden Gun' (1965); and the short story 'Octopussy' (1966).
The eighth movie in the official James Bond film series to feature S.P.E.C.T.R.E., while it has also appeared in the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983). The seven official James Bond movies, where S.P.E.C.T.R.E. has previously appeared, include: Dr. No (1962), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), From Russia with Love (1963), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), and 'Spectre' (2015).
The Ernst Stavro Blofeld character, who is played by Christoph Waltz in this James Bond film, has appeared in the following James Bond movies and video games (in order): From Russia with Love (1963), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), informally in the official For Your Eyes Only (1981), in the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983), GoldenEye 007 (2010), GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004), 007 Legends (2012), 'Spectre' (2015), and this movie.
S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agents in the earlier Bond films often wore a gold "Ring of Evil". According to the book "James Bond: The Secret World of 007" (2006) by Alastair Dougall, "Top operatives of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., and (Ernst Stavro) Blofeld himself, could sometimes be recognized by a distinctive octopus ring, which symbolized the organization's tentacular reach into the murkiest depths of world crime."
The British title for the earlier British film 'Tank Force!' (1958), produced by co-founding James Bond producer Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, was also "No Time To Die". It was shown under that title in the UK in the late 1950s. However, 21st-century showings of the film on British television have reverted to its American release title of "Tank Force".
Second James Bond movie in the official series to film in Jamaica and feature either the words "die" or "no" in the title. The first Bond film to film in Jamaica and have the word "no" in the title was 'Dr. No' (1962) whilst the first Bond film to film in Jamaica and have the word "die" in the title was 'Live and Let Die' (1973).
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'No Time to Die' (1958) featured actor Robert Rietty, who played Alberto, and who later acted or did voice work in seven Bond movies. 'No Time to Die' (1958), aka 'Tank Force!', had as one of its two producers, Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, who was a co-founding producer of the James Bond film series with Harry Saltzman. Of the 007 Bond films Rietty later worked on, these included two unofficial films, 'Casino Royale' (1967) and 'Never Say Never Again' (1983), and five official films, 'Dr. No' (1962), 'Thunderball' (1965), 'You Only Live Twice' (1967), 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969), and 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981). Rietty also did voice work in 'Reflections in a Golden Eye' (1967), based on the source Carson McCullers novel of the same name, which was one of the inspirations for James Bond creator Ian Fleming to name his Jamaican estate 'Goldeneye'.
'No Time to Die' (1958), aka 'Tank Force!', was produced by co-founding James Bond producer Albert Broccoli. A number of Bond series alumni worked on that 1950s picture. This included screenwriter Richard Maibaum, actor-stuntman Bob Simmons, actor-voice artist Robert Rietty, and 'Thunderball' (1965) actress Luciana Paluzzi.
'No Time to Die' (1958), aka 'Tank Force!', was directed by Terence Young, who helmed three of the first four James Bond pictures: 'Dr. No' (1962), 'From Russia with Love' (1963), and 'Thunderball' (1965). This late 1950s war movie was a Warwick Films production produced by Irving Allen and Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, the latter being a James Bond film series co-founding producer along with Harry Saltzman.
'No Time to Die' (1958), aka 'Tank Force!', was co-written by veteran James Bond film series scribe Richard Maibaum, who co-wrote thirteen Bond movies, and collaborated with producer Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli on eight other pictures. This late 1950s British war movie was a Warwick Films production produced by Irving Allen and Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, the latter being a James Bond film series co-founding producer along with Harry Saltzman.
'Tank Force!' (aka 'No Time to Die') was co-produced by James Bond series producer Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli. His final film as a producer, as a presenter, and as a consulting producer was 'GoldenEye' (1995), which is famous for, among other things, its tank action sequence. 'Tank Force!' aka 'No Time to Die' (1958) was a Warwick Films production produced by Irving Allen and Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, the latter being a James Bond film series co-founding producer along with Harry Saltzman.
Co-produced by later James Bond series co-founding producer Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, 'No Time to Die' (1958) (aka ''Tank Force!') featured Italian actress Luciana Paluzzi, playing Carola, and who about 007 years later, would star as femme fatale Fiona Volpe in the Bond movie 'Thunderball' (1965). The late 1950s British war movie was a Warwick Films production produced by Irving Allen and Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, the latter being a James Bond film series co-founding producer along with Harry Saltzman.
The film's music composer Hans Zimmer served as executive music producer on EON Productions' previous picture 'The Rhythm Section' (2020) which was scored by his friend and colleague Steve Mazzaro who is the score producer of 'No Time to Die' (2020).
Despite the film's title featuring two "O" characters, allowing for promotional materials to form the 007 symbol within the name of this James Bond movie, as has sometimes been the case when this can be done, as with 'Casino Royale' (2006) and 'Quantum of Solace' (2008), promotional materials for 'No Time to Die' (2020) do not form the 007 symbol within this James Bond movie's title.
Third James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig as James Bond with a car chase sequence in Italy. The first was in 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) whilst the second was in 'Spectre' (2015).
Key creatives and principal cast and crew stayed at James Bond creator Ian Fleming's renowned 'Goldeneye' resort during the production shoot during filming the movie in Jamaica.
First motion picture feature film of stunt driver Jessica Hawkins who was hand picked by stunt coordinator Lee Morrison who had scouted her potential from the Formula 3 W Series. She said: "It doesn't get any more exhilarating than being a stunt driver in a James Bond movie and it's an honour to be a part of this incredible movie driving the new Defender. "
The New Defender Land Rover 'No Time to Die' tie-in television commercial featured actual test and rehearsal footage used from a chase sequence in the movie. These are scenes where the vehicle drives through rivers and swamps and launches into the air.
There were no changes made to the new Land Rover Defender vehicles seen in the movie except for the use of safety roll cages for the drivers. Nick Collins, Vehicle Line Director for Jaguar Land Rover Defender, said of the New Land Road Defender vehicles seen in the movie: "We developed a new test standard for Defender, the most challenging we've ever had and unique to this vehicle. Physical strength and durability is measured by a number of different tests including a bridge jump test which gave us confidence to deliver what the stunt team needed to create for 'No Time To Die', with no modifications to the body structure except the installation of a roll cage."
The new Land Rover Defender vehicles seen in the movie were the first makes and models to be released from the company's factory in Nitra, Slovakia. Land Rover's design team worked closely with Chris Corbould , the film's Special Effects and Action Vehicles Supervisor, on the Defenders' technical specifications. 'No Time to Die' (2021) is the first cinema movie to feature the new make and model of these sport utility vehicles. Ten of them were used for the movie including the OO7th one rolled out off the factory line. They are variants based on the Defender 110 X make and model in Santorini Black which has darkened skid pans, professional off-road tyres, and twenty inch dark finish wheels. Land Rover first announced that the new Defender vehicle would be appearing in this film on 13th November 2019. Series III Land Rover and the Range Rover Classic makes and models also appear in the movie.
Stunt Coordinator Lee Morrison said of the New Land Road Defender vehicles seen in the movie: "We pushed the Defender further than we believed possible to generate the maximum excitement, and to give fans an insight into the uncompromising challenge of producing an incredible chase sequence which you can look forward to seeing in 'No Time To Die'," and "designing and coordinating the action sequences for the Bond franchise requires a non-compromising mindset. We needed an unstoppable vehicle to help us battle against the elements, steep descents and river crossings so we chose the new Defender. I'm beyond impressed that the Defender is not only back but much, much better!".
The total number of production crew personnel that worked on this picture amounted to about 650.
May 2020 UK media reports revealed that by the end of December 2019, the cost of the picture to 'B25', the film's holding company, was UK £199.5 million.
Reportedly, the movie would apparently have cost another UK £47million if it had not been for a producers' tax incentive scheme which was targeted for making movies at UK-based film studios.
'No Time to Die' (2020) cost about 250 times more than the first James Bond movie 'Dr No' (1962), which cost about UK £800,000, according to May 2020 UK newspaper reports, which unveiled the movie's almost UK £200 million cost.
With a reported price tag of an almost UK £200 million cost, 'No Time to Die' (2020), as reported in May 2020 UK media news, cost about UK £18 million more than 'Spectre' (2015), which cost about UK £182 million, cost about UK £62 million more than 'Skyfall' (2012), which cost about UK £138 million, and cost about UK £93 million more than 'Quantum of Solace' (2008), which cost about UK £107 million.
Show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter' estimated in March 2020 that the 2020 release date change from April to November would cost the MGM studio an estimated US $30-50 million.
The Super Bowl TV spot for the film that was broadcast in the USA during the game in February 2020 cost a reported US $4.5 million.
First James Bond movie to be released in 3D (in selected countries only though).
Reportedly, apparently according to director Cary Joji Fukunaga, James Bond does not feature in the pre-credits sequence in this Bond movie. As such, this will be the first Bond film since 'Live and Let Die' (1973) not to feature the 007 character in the pre-titles sequence.
Director Cary Joji Fukunaga (from the USA) is the fourth non-British person to direct a Bond film, after Martin Campbell (New Zealand), Lee Tamahori (New Zealand), and Marc Forster (Swiss-German).
Ana de Armas's character is named Paloma, the Spanish word for "Dove".
According to numerous reports, MGM was "at least open to the possibility of unloading their crown jewel for a princely sum," looking for a deal of around $600 million. It seems, however, that this was simply too high a sum for two streaming services reportedly described as "free-spending," which probably refers to Netflix and Apple which are named in the report. A spokesperson for MGM denied any streaming deal "We do not comment on rumors. The film is not for sale. The film's release has been postponed until April 2021 in order to preserve the theatrical experience for moviegoers." Another issue is whether Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson would have to sign off on the deal. According to Variety, a sale so big would be led exclusively by Kevin Ulrich, CEO of MGM's majority owner, Anchorage Capital Group. Bond informers at MI6 HQ report that MGM is looking to sell only the North American distribution rights to the film which would still allow Universal Pictures to release the film internationally. MGM has already lost between $30 and $50 million already due to the delays in the releasing of the film, adding to a financially difficult year for MGM. Earlier this year it was reported that the studio was maybe looking into selling out to either Netflix or Apple (both of which also made offers for the latest Bond film) as the studio was hit with a wave of layoffs due to the pandemic.
Variety said the studio had already spent $66 million on promoting the film, while The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the delay cost MGM between $30-50 million in wasted marketing costs, and estimated that the global box office losses could have exceeded $300 million had the film stayed in its April 2020 slot.
This film is one of the most expensive films ever made, with an estimated budget of $250 million.
No Time to Die was scheduled for release in April 2020, but was postponed worldwide twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now scheduled for release on 2 April 2021.
No time to die becomes the most expensive james bond movie ever with a budget of 250 million beating previous bond movie spectre which had a budget of 245 million
'B25' was a working title for the film seen on clapperboard slates for filming this movie. 'B25 Limited' was the name of the holding company which was set up by the production in order to process accounts and business relevant to the making of 'Bond 25'. The final title for the movie was announced in late 2019 as 'No Time to Die' (2020).
The Ian Fleming James Bond novels which prominently feature S.P.E.C.T.R.E total to only two: "Thunderball" (1961) and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1963). S.P.E.C.T.R.E. features in a more minor capacity in two other Fleming Bond novels, "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1962) and "You Only Live Twice" (1964), with the latter having Blofeld operate without S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Though S.P.E.C.T.R.E. appears in the Bond movies Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963), S.P.E.C.T.R.E. did not actually feature in those films' source Fleming Bond novels, nor does S.P.E.C.T.R.E. feature in the Fleming source novels of the James Bond films Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and You Only Live Twice (1967), where S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is arguably represented, as both movie's feature arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion.
The plot line about James Bond having left the service and having been asked for help has already been used in the non-series James Bond parody Casino Royale (1967), which is also based on the motives by Ian Fleming.
The film features the first ever female Double-O agent character in the official James Bond series. The character is Nomi portrayed by actress Lashana Lynch who on a 21st January 2020 interview on Entertainment Weekly's video special 'Around the Table with No Time to Die' (2020) stated clearly that she portrays a Double-O agent in this movie.
First James Bond movie to film in the Carribbean region since 'Casino Royale' (2006) which shot in the Bahamas - an interval of about fourteen years. Filming in Jamaica is one of the major settings in 'No Time to Die' (2020). 'Casino Royale' (2006) was Daniel Craig's first Bond movie whilst 'No Time to Die' (2020) has been confirmed to be Craig's final as James Bond.
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Cuban actress Ana de Armas recently appeared in the Beatles tribute movie 'Yesterday' (2019), directed by Danny Boyle, who was for a long time going to be the director of 'No Time to Die' (2020), then known as 'Bond 25', before Boyle departed the production due to creative differences. James Bond star Daniel Craig previously worked with Boyle on the 2012 London Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony[See: 'London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder' (2012) (TV)].
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The director of this James Bond movie is Cary Joji Fukunaga. One of the real-life settings of the James Bond novel 'You Only Live Twice' (1964) by Ian Fleming featured "Fukuoka", which is a similarly sounding place name in Japan to the director's last name.
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In January 2020, it was announced that Billie Eilish would write and perform the film's theme song. Being just 18 at the time, this makes her the youngest artist in the history of the Bond series to do so.
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Fourth James Bond movie in the official series with a four word title. The first was 'From Russia with Love' (1963), the second was 'Live and Let Die' (1973), and the third was 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981). It's the fifth if one counts the unofficial Bond movie 'Never Say Never Again' (1983).
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The James Bond character has long been associated with the Cold War. Actor Ralph Fiennes, who portrays M / Mallory, directed a dramatic biopic feature film called 'The White Crow' (2018), which was first released between 'Spectre' (2015) and 'No Time to Die' (2020), and covers the defection from the former Soviet Union to the west of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. After a number of film festival screenings in 2018, 'The White Crow' (2018) started theatrically releasing widely in a number of territories from around March 2019 which was around the time when 'No Time to Die' (2020) started filming.
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The film features the first ever black Double-O agent character in the official James Bond series. The character is Nomi portrayed by actress Lashana Lynch, who is of African-Jamaican descent. In a 21st January 2020 interview on Entertainment Weekly's video special 'Around the Table with No Time to Die' (2020), she clearly stated that she portrays a Double-O agent in this movie.
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Set photos have shown that there is a portrait painting of the former M character played by Judi Dench in the offices of Mi6. Previously, a portrait painting of the former M character played by Bernard Lee was seen at the Mi6 Scotland retreat in 'The World is Not Enough' (1999).
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Director/writer Fukunaga confessed to Interview Magazine that he initially toyed with the idea of having a major twist halfway though the movie, revealing that the events of the last act of Spectre and of the first part of this film were actually happening in Bond's mind as he was still connected to Blofeld's torture machine seen in Spectre, having only imagined his escape and the following events. The idea never went beyond an initial consideration though.
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Set photos from the movie show James Bond (Daniel Craig) seen driving an early model old vintage open-top blue Series III Land Rover in Port Antonio, Jamaica. In 'Dr No' (1962), which famously was mainly filmed also in Jamaica, Sean Connery as James Bond drove in Jamaica a marine blue 1961 Sunbeam Alpine Series 5 Sports Tourer convertible II Tiger rental car. A Land Rover Series III vehicle was last seen in a James Bond movie in Gibraltar during the pre-credits sequence of 'The Living Daylights' (1989).
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It has been touted prior to release that Nomi (Lashana Lynch)'s Double-OO numerical designation is "004". But an early report in 2019 by UK newspaper 'The Mail' from a ''movie insider'' reported: '"There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says, 'Come in 007', and in walks Lashana [Lynch] who is black, beautiful and a woman," the source said. 'It's a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he's been replaced as 007'."
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It has been touted prior to release that Rami Malek is or becomes Dr. No. The character was previously played by actor Joseph Wiseman in the very first James Bond feature film 'Dr. No. (1962).
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The film's opening sequence, according to Screen Rant, will be different to usual Bond movies, and ''will instead be an extended flashback to Madeleine's childhood. That's right: 'No Time to Die' won't be opening with Bond at all''. As such, it appears that this film will be the first James Bond movie not to feature 007 during the pre-opening titles sequence since 'Live and Let Die' (1973). Moreover, Movieweb states, the film ''will open with a flashback to Léa Seydoux's Madeleine Swann and her childhood run-in with Rami Malek's masked villain, Safin, who murders her mother and chases her through the family home. The scene will feature Malek wearing the 'Japanese Noh mask'.'' In SPECTRE (2015), it was revealed that Mr. White aka 'The Pale King' (Jesper Christensen) was the father of Madeleine.
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Media reports in 2020 reported that James Bond (Daniel Craig) is a dad (or father) in this film having a five-year old daughter called Mathilde with Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux). Reportedly, an industry insider has said: "Yes, it's true. Bond is a dad." However, a detailed plot leak around the same time revealed a more complicated history that ties into Safin's ultimate scheme.
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The film's title hints that the movie could end with the death of James Bond.
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