Tonight, the new James Bond movie will be revealed to the world. The world premiere of No Time To Die will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London and the much-delayed movie is being viewed as a potential box-office kick starter. Having been delayed by COVID-19 from April 2020 to October 2021, Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007 is building its customary hype train.
The added spark this time comes from knowing that a new Bond will take over the tuxedo next time around, with both producers and the star himself being clear that the role won’t be gender-switched when they recast.
So are they already lining up Daniel Craig’s replacement? Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program this week, producer Barbara Broccoli says she will not begin thinking about that just yet:
“Oh God no. We’re not thinking about it at all. We want Daniel to have his time of celebration. Next year we’ll start thinking about the future.”
She also spoke with UK’s Sky TV about the Amazon acquisition of MGM, the studio home of Boind who owns 50% of the rights, alongside Broccoli’s own Eon productions via the Danjaq S.A. holding company. She confirms there are no plans to take the franchise streaming, despite Amazon owning one of the world’s top streaming services.
“We focused on making the films for theatrical release and… I think that’s our position. [Amazon] certainly have told us that the films will be theatrical films in the future. And we’ll see what happens.”
It is famously difficult for any studio to be too influential, as the final creative and casting decisions rest with Eon, not the studio. Distribution strategy, though, remains the studio’s canoe to paddle.
The global rollout begins this coming Thursday in the UK before the U.S. on October 8th and eventually Australia on November 11th. Last Movie Outpost has our tickets booked and will bring you a review at the end of this week.
Interested in who might take over from Daniel Craig? Our rundown of some runners and riders to take over the mantle of 007 can be found here.
If you like your Bond more vintage? Check out our Fleming Revisited series where we re-read and discuss all of the Ian Fleming novels in order. You can read all of our previous entries here starting with Casino Royale, Live And Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia With Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, and For Your Eyes Only.
We stepped out of sequence to tackle Octopussy And The Living Daylights last time around but will return with our FINAL installment of Fleming Revisited this week as we prepare for the release of No Time To Die. The Man With The Golden Gun is coming.