More fallout from repeated delaying movies like James Bond #25 is Bond is supposed to be using the newest, greatest tech gadgets. Product placement is an additional revenue source for the filmmakers to increase revenue.
But what happens when a film is delayed so long that the advertising window not longer syncs up with the movie release date?
Product placement is a surefire way to excite your fans, sell some merch, and offset a massive budget, should your film cost something in the ballpark of $200+ million to make. As No Time To Die is the most expensive Bond film to date, and the delays to the movie’s theatrical release cost roughly $1 million for ever month shelved, now’s not the time to be upsetting your sponsors. So it wouldn’t be surprising if Daniel Craig and the rest of the cast were to reassemble, in order to get some pickup shots of a sweet new Nokia phone being used in the field.
Is Nokia going to pony up more dough for these pickup shots or because MGM is responsible for the delays, will they just have to eat them? Reshots can become very expensive, especially if visual effects work is required.
This is a new wrinkle, however, in the ongoing game of movie delays. Someday we will finally get to see Daniel Craig’s last outing as Bond. Someday.
Here comes round #__ (fill in the blank) of movie delays. Think of Rocky getting punched in the face by the Russian Ivan Drago again, again, again. Bloodied, sitting in the corner, the scantily clad ring girl sways between the ropes, another card waving in the air. What round is this? Losing count!
That’s James Bond’s seemingly cursed 25th film which has been trying to come out for, well, a couple years now and counting.
MGM has pushed No Time To Die back again, this time from April 2 to Oct 8, 2021.
Moments after MGM relocated Bond, Universal announced that the studio’s Bob Odenkirk-led action thriller “Nobody” was moving from Feb. 26 to April 2 and Sony redated “Peter Rabbit 2,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and “Cinderella.” Meanwhile, Focus Features, the specialty studio owned by Universal, bumped Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho” from April 23 back to Oct. 22. It’s also been commonly speculated that Universal’s “Fast & Furious” sequel “F9” won’t keep its May 28 release date.
This isn’t shocking news, considering a lot of movie theaters aren’t open and there seems to be some doubt that by April enough of them will be. MGM doesn’t want to take a Tenet or Wonder Woman 1984 gamble. They want to wait until things return to normal.
It’s possible that Bond gets pushed back again, especially if summer 2021 doesn’t go much better than summer 2020 That might sounds alarmist right now, but nobody knows how long it’s going to take — really, how long — for the pandemic to subside.
Here’s a wrinkle in the Bond saga we haven’t discussed yet: MGM possibly wanting to sell to another studio or streaming platform.
The buyer then would have access to thousands of movies, including the entire Bond library.
MGM would like to sell to another studio or streaming platform before the when pandemic ruins the film industry. Ulrich, sources talks, wanted to strike a settlement with the firm in the region of $8 billion. This is a high amount of money and while MGM controls a 4000 titles library which everything from “The Silence of Lambs” to “Rocky,” many intellectual titles that also has been heavily profited
I can see why MGM wants to get out, but there have been relatively few signs that Apple is interested in being or buying a film studio. Sure, they had roots in Pixar at one point when Steve Jobs was still alive, but look where that ended up (Disney).
Netflix might like to buy MGM, but that also seems unlikely to me, again due to the price tag. Who else is in the mix, studio-wise to buy them? Forget about AT&T, WarnerMedia seems to be more seller than buyer lately.
It is worth discussion that a way Bond might skip a theatrical release is through a sale to a streaming platform. We want to see Bond in theaters and hope MGM stays the course, but that’s anything but guaranteed in the current environment.
Best to start with the good: Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches which had previously been delayed to “TBA 2021” now has been picked up by HBO Max as an exclusive streaming release for October 22, 2020. So, no, it also won’t receive a theatrical release in the United States, but that seems to be the trend here in America at the moment.
The next major film on the theatrical release schedule, James Bond #25 No Time To Die has been delayed from November to Easter 2021 where F9 is currently scheduled, but Deadline saying they think will vacate that date (UPDATE 6:27pm PT: F9 has, in fact, moved to May 28, 2021 via Hollywood Reporter).
“MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of No Time To Die, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience. We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing No Time To Die next year,” said the studio in a statement. MGM was the first studio to foresee how the pandemic was going to stall exhibition, and jumped No Time to Die from its Easter weekend release date of April 10-12 to the Thanksgiving frame.
If you’re keeping track — and believe me that process has been messy — No Time To Die was originally planned for Easter 2020 then moved to Thanksgiving 2020 and now is being pushed back to Easter 2021.
Just yesterday I watched the released video for the No Time To Die theme song from Billy Eilish.
The Witches joins a growing list of films removed from theatrical release in the United States. Some films have released internationally where the pandemic seems to be under better control.
Recently movies include Greenland (HBO Max), Bill & Ted Face The Music (PVOD/VOD), Mulan (Disney+ & PVOD/VOD $29.99). That’s just a few more noteworthy and recent moves. Trolls World Tour at the beginning of the pandemic was the first to skip a theatrical release for streaming. It’s becoming the norm, not the exception in 2020.
Oh, and with a month left to the next election our President and First Lady — two of the most protected people on the planet — have tested positive for COVID-19.
Yeah, this is not a good time in America. Not at all. Hoping that both of them will be OK. The President is in his 70s, which is not the best age for anybody to have COVID, but 95% survive it at his age.
If the President of the United States can get COVID-19, all bets are off with anything in the entertainment industry. I mean it just seems like everything else is insignificant to all human beings on this planet to be safe. Please be safe out there and take care of your loved ones, family, friends and each other.
Ian Fleming has been dead for many years, but his iconic espionage character James Bond has lived on through the eyes of multiple actors.
Daniel Craig has already filmed his last outing in Bond #25: No Time To Die. Presumably we’ll see this movie before the end of 2020, but with moves and delays, it might be 2021. Whenever that film debuts, should there be Bond #26 with another actor playing James Bond?
That’s a question that’s been asked after every Bond actor has left the franchise. When Sean Connery left and was replaced by Roger Moore (also for one film George Lazenby). Moore left, then Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and now, soon, Daniel Craig.
Bond will go on with another actor in the title role.
It’s an interesting question, though, how many iterations should continue before the purity of the character is completely compromised. Maybe that’s already happened. James Bond as Fleming originally conceived is dubiously relevant any more. Should they have kept the character frozen in time, continuing to work through missions in the 60s or brought him into modern times, changing him to fit into modern times. They’ve done the latter, at times fairly successfully, so it seems that the original creation can be changed with time and box office success can continue.
It really boils down to a deeper, more pure question: should it continue? We know it can
In the music world, comparatively, we’ve seen more and more original members of rock bands dying and fans divided over the band continuing with very few or no original members left. Most recently, this happened with Frankie Banali the drummer for the band Quiet Riot. Kevin Dubrow, the lead singer died years ago. Banali originally retired the band vowing never to play again out of respect for Dubrow. Then a few years later he decided, with the blessing of Dubrow’s family, to continue. Quiet Riot would cycle through singers, including James Durbin, an American Idol finalist. Jizzie Pearl was the singer for a little while, then left when Durbin stepped in and recorded two albums, then left, and Pearl is back as the current singer.
And then a few weeks ago, Frankie Banali succumbed to death by pancreatic cancer. The band had committed dates and have decided to continue on, essentially without any members of the classic lineup of Quiet Riot (Dubrow, Banali, Carlos Cavazo on guitar and Rudy Sarzo on bass).
The surviving members of QUIET RIOT said it was “Frankie Banali’s wish that the band continue and we keep the music and the legacy alive.”
Quiet Riot is noteworthy for being the first heavy metal band to chart #1 with their album Metal Health. I saw them on their follow-up tour for Condition Critical in the 80s. They were a good band, albeit formulaic, and it seems they could never match the success of Metal Health. A lot of 80s bands put out 1 or 2 great albums and then just faded into obscurity.
Sarzo and Cavazo are still alive and one would think they’d be the ones most likely to carry the band name forward, but they are involved with other projects. Chuck Wright, the current Quiet Riot bassist did play bass on a couple songs on the recorded Metal Health album, so that’s about the closest connection the band has to the classic lineup.
As more bands become brands, it’s essentially the same thing as what’s happening with James Bond. Should the brand, IP, franchise continue without the original creators?
James Bond is a somewhat unique case. He’s a character that can continue to evolve with times, since he’s done it already. As a fan of the original Fleming Bond, I’ve become less interested over time in the modernizing of the character. That’s not to say some of the recent Bond films haven’t been good, they just haven’t been Goldfinger or Dr. No. Even some of the cheesy 80s Bond films with Roger Moore like Moonraker seem closer to the flavor and spirit of Fleming’s original character than more recent iterations, but it’s a deeper and more complex issue.
Should James Bond Continue?
I think yes. How he is portrayed is the subject of greater debate among fans. Personally, I’d like to see a retro Bond explored next. Go back to the 60s and give us another cold war spy thriller.
Yes, the times have changed and a lot of what happened during those times would not be socially correct in a film post 2020, but hey, do it anyway. No cell phones, no internet, just Bond and Q’s gadgets fighting and foiling global dominators. At least give it a try and see what the ticket sales say. If it works, make a few more. When the retro fad energy dries up, then go back to the modern Bond and see what a James Bond today would be like.
My feelings on rock bands is essentially the same. Let the artists play the music as long as people will pay to see it. Cover bands have existed forever, and will continue, so why not? The music should continue. Whether or not to tour under band names without original members? It’s a case by case basis. Rush touring without Neil Peart? Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson say no for the moment, but maybe in a few years they decide to get out there again. AC DC can go on as long as they have Angus Young, but when he’s gone? Well, there’s always Hell’s Belles.
There really isn’t a right or wrong answer that fits every circumstance. Generally speaking, when the character or franchise becomes big enough, when it attracts a large enough audience, it gains its own form of immortality. It can live well beyond the creators.
We may have to wait several more months for Bond movie #25, No Time To Die, but the theme song has been available for months to listen and enjoy. There is also an unprecedented story behind the track.
At 18 years old, Billie Eilish has already accomplished some incredibly impressive milestones. Her Grammy-winning album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” was one of the best-selling records of 2019. She co-wrote and recorded it alongside her older brother Finneas O’Connell in a bedroom studio at their home. That is a far cry from the fancy studios many A-list artists use to get their music out into the world, and the down-to-earth quality of both the artist and her music has helped endear her to fans all over the world.
For those of us looking forward to James Bond #25: No Time To Die in April, we now can thank the coronavirus for the studio’s decision to push back the release to November.
But hey, you can still see Daniel Craig on SNL, even though the movie won’t be out for another seven months.
…the studio worked with “Saturday Night Live” to get James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, to host the comedy sketch show ahead of the film’s original release. Craig will still host this Saturday night, but he’s now promoting a movie that won’t come out for seven months, which is less effective than if the film was coming out next month as intended.
Just got back from the first of two vacations in Las Vegas and the coronavirus wasn’t big news there. I didn’t learn about this delay until I got home and our oldest son told me about it. The studio’s decision makes sense, especially when we look at box office revenue for the last three James Bond movies.
With many theaters in China currently closed, the studio can’t afford to have its major tentpole movie open only in the United States, especially if the reviews are poor. If the film receives positive press, it probably wouldn’t hurt, but the studio doesn’t want to gamble on a film with a budget over $200 million, especially when the last one saw a modest drop from the film before (Skyfall).
The CNBC article goes into more hypotheticals about other major movies delaying their release dates. Why it is downplaying that possibility, it’s reasonable to assume that more will push their dates back.
If that happens, what movies will be left to open? Could provide some smaller budget and indie films longer opportunities in the theaters to leg out. Keep your eyes on the following bigger anticipated movies and their current wide release dates (very subject to change in our current environment):
Mulan – March 27 (Disney)
No Time To Die – April 10 moved to November 25, 2020 (United Artists / EON)
Black Widow – May 5 (Disney / Marvel)
F9: The Fast Saga – May 22 (Universal)
Wonder Woman 1984 – June 5 (Warner Bros.)
How many of these listed above will change is unknown, but if you’re looking forward to some of them coming out in the near future, might want to temper those expectations. At least until the lab wizards develop a coronavirus vaccine or until flu season passes.
Daniel Craig is done with Bond after No Time To Die. The speculation has been raging for quite some time who will take his place, but nothing official will happen until after the smoke clears from the launch of Bond 25.
Some have speculated that there won’t be any more James Bond. To that, I’d say no way. Broccoli and Wilson / Eon will do more Bond. It’s a lucrative franchise and you have to keep putting out movies at least once in a great while to keep it relevant and the cash register ringing.
I don’t know who should play the next James Bond. I don’t really follow British actors that well (I don’t follow any actors well), but I do think it should be a brit. I mean, really, who wants an American with a fake accent playing Bond? Also, I have zero — below zero — interest in a woman playing Bond. That’s not a slight at #MeToo that’s a slight at keeping the character at least somewhat honorary to Ian Fleming’s original vision.
So, we need a brit. Some kind of brit.
If you’d asked me about Timothy Dalton, I probably would have said no, but then I liked Dalton in the role. Maybe he didn’t have the most compelling scripts, but I think the actor could have had some hits given more time and better material.
So, maybe Henry Golding as a choice would be … OK.
From a diversity standpoint, Golding’s Malaysian heritage means the Bond series would finally star its first person of color. But, as would have been the case with Elba, Golding is also a British actor. Bond’s skin tone might not be integral to the character, but his status as a Brit certainly is. Casting Golding would push Bond forward into the modern world without sacrificing what makes him distinctive.
Golding hasn’t been that fantastic an actor to me in anything. He certainly doesn’t scream out “action hero” to me. He’s got the good looks that Bond needs and the ladies like him, also check, but can he pull off an action/thriller? If I’m Henry Golding’s agent, I’m getting Golding signed onto some kind of action/thriller ASAP. Like in the next year, so there can be a screen test.
Free Guy, played by Ryan Reynolds looks like it could have been a worthy vehicle for Golding to show off his action/thriller stuff.
I haven’t seen Crazy, Rich Asians yet, but know that isn’t an action flick. I’ve seen Golding most recently in The Gentlemen⭐️, and yes, while that’s closer to James Bond, it’s not an action flick. Before that? Last Christmas⭐️⭐️⭐️½ , and that is about as close to Bond as Sleepless in Seattle.
We need to see Golding in a feature role as an action hero. Something like Diehard or maybe a superhero or antihero movie (those seem to be rolling out regularly).
No Time To Die is opening wide in theaters on April 10, 2020.
2020 Theater Releases JAN | FEB | MAR | APRIL 2020
If you’d like to see a list of all movies released in 2020 click here (that post is being updated throughout the year). Most releases profiled below are WIDE screenings showing on 2,000+ theater screens in the United States. If the movie title has the word LIMITED following then it means it’s being released on less than 2,000 screenings in the United States.
All movie release dates unless otherwise indicated are for the United States, the release dates in other countries may vary.
“Take… the grease!” — the funny part of the trailer, but no comedy can survive on the humor of one joke. I’m worried about the comedic chemistry between this couple based on the trailer, as they don’t seem to be all that funny together, although the situations they are placed in look humorous. Will this be another Like a Boss on the humor scale? Could be. I’m interested though, because I enjoy comedies.
Anticipation for The Lovebirds: 5/10
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Haven’t seen the first Peter Rabbit film, but this seems like it’s in that middleworld between children-friendly and adults. Trailer isn’t making me super excited for the movie. Was surprised to see it grossed over $350 million, which explains the presence of this sequel less than two years later.
Anticipation for Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway is: 2/10
The last Bond film for Daniel Craig, will he go out with a whimper or roar? I’m voting on somewhere in the middle. He’s got Rami Malek as a villain and that could amp everything up. I hope Bond doesn’t go off the rails into something completely unnoticeable after this. Just get another Bond (a guy, sorry, I don’t think it should be a woman playing James Bond 007). Then again, there is a female 007 in this movie. We’ll find out soon.
Anticipation for No Time To Die: 9/10
The Secret: Dare To Dream
I remember seeing this book everywhere and wondering what the “Secret” was? In mid April I’ll find out. Could have always read the book, I suppose, but wasn’t that motivated. The teaser trailer is equally enigmatic and mostly just toting sales stats. While that’s impressive, I already knew it was popular. Guess I need to see a trailer showing something that actually happens in the movie to be excited.
Anticipation for The Secret: Dare To Dream: 3/10
Promising Young Woman
This trailer makes it look like the woman is hunting men by setup. She pretends to be too drunk and waits for them to take advantage of them and then does … what to them? Revenge is called out, but we don’t actually see any taking place. I’m getting a black widow spider vibe to this tale. Somewhat eager to see it.
Our grandchildren are huge Trolls fans and must admit I like them, too. The sequel idea based on different tribes of trolls having a specific musical genre is sound, but I wonder why rock and roll always gets such a bad rap? It’s good music and I’d argue it’s better than some other types. Still, a troll tribe rolling around to the music of Ozzy Osbourne sounds like the making of a killer soundtrack at least. Looking forward to this.
Anticipation for Trolls World Tour: 7/10
Monster Problems — no trailer available to evaluate anticipation. Scheduled to open in theaters on April 17, 2020 (moved to Feb 21, 2021)
After a string of bad horror films starting off 2020, my anticipation for this one is reduced. Then again, maybe this will be better because it’s following the sequel to A Quiet Place. It seems to be some kind of evil force based on or originating from slave catching times? Sort of has a more vengeful Harriet vibe going, but that could be totally off.
I cheated a bit and peeked at the Wikipedia page.
Successful author Veronica Henley finds herself trapped in a nightmarish reality and must find a way to break free of the horrors at hand.
So, is this more of a Nightmare on Elm Street meets Harriet?
Anticipation for Antebellum: 3/10
Bad Trip RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Feb 28 to April 24, 2020
Looks like reality TV gone wild. Sign me up! Will admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of reality TV, but there have been some shows (I liked Cops,The Osbournes and Gene Simmons Family Jewels and some others). The whole catch the audience real reactions to crazy scenes is often too gimmicky to hold my interest through a TV series, but in a movie maybe it will work. This one looks like it could be very funny, I just hope the trailer isn’t showing the best parts.
A little skeptical because they moved back the date. Most delayed films suggest production problems and/or negative initial screen testing. Haven’t heard that to be the case here, so we’ll see what kind of trip this is soon.
Anticipation for Bad Trip: 6/10
Ranking the April 2020 movies by anticipation (as of this writing)
No Time To Die – 9/10
Trolls World Tour – 7/10
The New Mutants – 6/10
Bad Trip – 6/10
The Lovebirds – 5/10
Promising Young Woman – 4/10
Antebellum – 3/10
The Secret: Dare To Dream – 3/10
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – 2/10
Monster Problems – no rating / no trailer
What movies in April 2020 are you looking forward to seeing?
Who wears watches any more? James Bond, for one. And it’s not just any watch, James Bond’s Daniel Craig is wearing, he’s helping for the first time to also create that special watch:
Excitingly and in a first for the Bond franchise, Bond actor Daniel Craig worked personally with Omega for the past two years to help design the Seamaster. (He valued lightness and a vintage-inspired aesthetic, both of which are present in the new model.) Using inspiration from MOD-issued watches in Omega’s back catalog, the Omega team worked with Craig to perfect this aesthetic via the inclusion of “old radium”-style Super-LumiNova, present in the watch in blue-glowing indices and a green-glowing seconds hand.
The watch is gorgeous, but cell phones have become the current day watch. These Fitbit health watches which measure your heart rate and other technical goodness are also popular alternatives to the watch market. I used to wear a market for years and years when I was in my teens and until late 20s. After that? Only a few technology-related watches. Bought my wife a SPOT watch when they were the rage and she liked it.
As far as luxury goes, the Omega watch sure looks good. Too bad for that price it doesn’t have tires and can get me to and from the movie theater or I’d be all over it.
Why not a villainous Rami Malek watch?
Apparently people are interested in Daniel Craig enough to require a security team surrounding him for protection:
“It was hard to spot him at his own event. It’s the first time 007 needed his own security detail,” a spy quipped.