Bond #25: NO TIME TO DIE

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Because something will happen. But here's the story of the day:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/apple-amazon-join-race-james-bond-film-rights-1035539

The James Bond sweepstakes has taken an unexpected turn. While Warner Bros. remains in the lead to land film distribution rights to the megafranchise — whose deal with Sony expired after 2015’s Spectre — a couple of unlikely suitors have emerged that also are in hot pursuit: Apple and Amazon.

The tech giants are willing to spend in the same ballpark as Warners, if not much more, for the rights, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. MGM has been looking for a deal for more than two years, and Sony, Universal and Fox also had been pursuing the property, with Warners and Sony the most aggressive.

But the emergence of Apple — which is considered such a viable competitor that Warners is now pressing MGM hard to close a deal — and Amazon shows that the digital giants consider Bond one of the last untapped brands (like a Marvel, Pixar or Lucasfilm) that could act as a game-changer in the content space. Apple’s and Amazon’s inclusion in the chase would indicate that more is on the table than film rights, including the future of the franchise if MGM will sell or license out for the right price.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 18:25 (three years ago) link

a game-changer in the content space

hhnnnnnnggggghhhhhhhh

Wesley Shackleton explained "look at that beast." (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 18:27 (three years ago) link

"Revaluated and IP-exploited, not stirred."

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 18:28 (three years ago) link

psyched for the bond/transparent crossover possibilities if amazon gets the rights tho

Wesley Shackleton explained "look at that beast." (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 18:30 (three years ago) link

Everything is friggin' content and franchising now lol

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 21:41 (three years ago) link

A period take on Moonraker (the book) would be great, I think. I'd watch it anyway.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 22:47 (three years ago) link

All I want to know is what does this mean for my James Bond theme park

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 22:54 (three years ago) link

A period take on Moonraker (the book) would be great, I think. I'd watch it anyway.

Yeah I've long thought this. A 50s Bond TV series directly adapting the books, and basically portraying Bond as the monster he is. Anyway the book Moonraker has my favorite Fleming sequence, the extended club/dining/gambling bit near the front.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:04 (three years ago) link

gonna be a movie where Bond is mind-controlled using some kind of serum and does things like shoot Wimpy's employees and blow up politician's vehicles and then he manages to break free of the spell and realizes all the people he's killed and vows revenge against the mastermind, Spanish Flye

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:12 (three years ago) link

Xpost - Yes, amazing scene, and it's great spending all that time with M. I much prefer their relationship in the books - much less antagonistic and exposition-y.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:29 (three years ago) link

MGM's sole reason to exist is to sell the rights to Bond movies.. they should sell so they can put themselves out of their misery

officer sonny bonds, lytton pd (mayor jingleberries), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:31 (three years ago) link

xpost -- It's a great portrayal of a quietly nervous mindset about the future, on top of it being an entertainment.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:32 (three years ago) link

True! I only started reading the Bond books a couple years ago, and was very pleasantly surprised by how beautifully written and thoughtful they are (while still being totally weird, fun and lurid). .

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:42 (three years ago) link

i have been thinking about giving the books a go myself

maybe this year is my year...

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:45 (three years ago) link

MGM's sole reason to exist is to sell the rights to Bond movies.. they should sell so they can put themselves out of their misery

Steven Bach reckoned in Final Cut that owning Bond (and getting a distribution arm they ultimately couldn't use for a few years) was why MGM pounced on United Artists after Heaven's Gate crashed the company.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:49 (three years ago) link

Xpost - They're really good! I'd try Casino Royale or Moonraker to start. Avoid Goldfinger - it's the only one where the movie is better. And has too much golf.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:52 (three years ago) link

noted :)

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:54 (three years ago) link

Might as well start with Casino, yeah -- kick it off with the whole shebang. Live and Let Die is *really* fucked up, I'd almost say skip it -- when the racism is just one of the problems with it, well, there you go. (Similarly, Dr No is extremely hard going.) But Moonraker continues things from there well enough.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 September 2017 04:03 (three years ago) link

imo the man with the golden gun is more racist than live and let die, which is buoyed considerably by its blaxploitation vibe and in which the racist white sheriff is a long punchline. said racist white sheriff becomes a goofy but lovable racist sidekick in golden gun

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 7 September 2017 04:09 (three years ago) link

oh fuck you're talking about the books, sorry lol

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 7 September 2017 04:11 (three years ago) link

the books are super fucked up

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 7 September 2017 04:11 (three years ago) link

Yeah I was about to say, let's not confuse our mediums here.

I will say that whenever people complained about how they changed things from the books, not only was it in many cases for the better, but in one case -- The Spy Who Loved Me -- Fleming explicitly laid down a condition that if an adaptation was made the only thing that could be used was the title, nothing else. So they just remade You Only Live Twice and made Moore's best 70s Bond film as a result.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 September 2017 04:29 (three years ago) link

why the condition for just the one book?

Neanderthal, Thursday, 7 September 2017 04:33 (three years ago) link

Due to its poor critical reception at the time -- also it's a very atypical book in all compared to the rest: first person narration, the 'me' being a woman who Bond eventually rescues. He doesn't show up until more than half way through it, IIRC!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 September 2017 04:52 (three years ago) link

It's a fun book if you're interested in a peak at Fleming's weird ideas, and well-written as usual. But yeah, very skippable. The movie's fun - maybe the only 100% successful Moore movie - but I don't consider it an "improvement" as it's effectively a different story with the same title. Goldfinger, otoh, seems to have been written by someone who understood exactly what was wrong with the book and how to fix it.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 7 September 2017 07:34 (three years ago) link

(peek, sorry)

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 7 September 2017 07:34 (three years ago) link

Goldfinger screenplay co-written by an interesting writer and critic called Paul Dehn, who also wrote the screenplay for the The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and a number of the Planet of the Apes movies(as well as the lyrics to the faux folk song 'O Willow Waly' that features in the film The Innocents). Dehn's long-term partner was James Bernard, who wrote the music for most of the classic Hammer horrors.

Gulley Jimson (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 7 September 2017 08:33 (three years ago) link

six months pass...

Ugh.

Dangleballs and the Ballerina (cryptosicko), Thursday, 15 March 2018 19:14 (two years ago) link

Cilliam Murphy is....

Bond

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Friday, 16 March 2018 02:31 (two years ago) link

I'm gonna call it and say Danny Boyle will make a Bond movie that'll be better than the last three.

omar little, Friday, 16 March 2018 02:32 (two years ago) link

yeah i am willing to roll the dice with Boyle.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 16 March 2018 02:50 (two years ago) link

Boyle I think is good with dynamic action, the problem with Mendes was while he made everything look like a painting, his compositions I thought were a bit too "big" if that makes sense and for all the movement within the frames everything seemed very inert in a lot of ways bc he went oversized. I can't put my finger on it precisely idk. He wanted to do elegant vv pretty action and it was just DOA. He was trying to achieve the same end result as Bird and McQuarrie did with MI 4 and 5 and it just didn't work. Boyle I trust to actually achieve something a bit more in keeping with what Martin Campbell did in Casino Royale.

omar little, Friday, 16 March 2018 03:04 (two years ago) link

I agree with what you said about Mendes, but obviously John Logan was a major problem as well. The villains in the last two Bonds were shite, the plots messy, tonally they were all over the place, a mix of the blunt killer Bond of CR and QOS with silly Q-teasing Bond, featuring the old Bond cars and the old Bond cliches and the old Moneypenny (sort of).

Logan's gone, thankfully. Not sure if Purvis & Wade are working with Boyle and Hodge or if we get the first Bond since Tomorrow Never Dies not co-written by the pair.

abcfsk, Friday, 16 March 2018 08:57 (two years ago) link

Yeah definitely can't take away from John Logan's influence, I think there's a balance the best Bonds achieve between serious business and casual humor that the last couple especially failed at. They were trying to be very impressive and they were also the most glaring examples of a perfectly decent franchise trying to Dark Knight things up a bit. Okay the Cumberbatch Star Trek was probably worse actually.

omar little, Friday, 16 March 2018 16:40 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

Well, well

https://variety.com/2018/film/news/bond-25-danny-boyle-exits-1202911993/

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 18:10 (two years ago) link

Time to stop making auteur wishlists for the Bond director gig.. The Broccolis will always want to ghost direct!

abcfsk, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 19:38 (two years ago) link

there goes their shot at making this at least quasi interesting

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 19:39 (two years ago) link

Thought the revive would be about the rumours that Idris Elba is lined up to play Bond.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Tuesday, 21 August 2018 19:57 (two years ago) link

More interesting than the director is whether the script goes ahead without Purvis & Wade as planned

abcfsk, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 19:58 (two years ago) link

God, please

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 21 August 2018 20:12 (two years ago) link

Danny Boyle would've made a fun Bond sure but I do still look forward to Ken Loach's take on the iconic spy

— Italian Alex Pareene (@pareene) August 22, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 18:58 (two years ago) link

Loach, Gareth Evans or Joanna Hogg, all fine by me

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:03 (two years ago) link

i know this never will happen and never would've happened but i would've liked to see a soderbergh bond

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:05 (two years ago) link

Don't know if Craig has any sway but as they worked on Logan Lucky together I wouldn't rule it out.

FWIW would love to see what Paul Verhoeven would do with it.

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:13 (two years ago) link

james gunn’s available iirc

ghost beef (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:18 (two years ago) link

Albert Brooks

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:21 (two years ago) link

Brad Bird

omar little, Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:26 (two years ago) link

i was gonna say it's a little redundant but basically any m:i director not named jj abrams would've prob made a good bond film

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:35 (two years ago) link

Verhoeven doing a PG-13 action film would be a waste.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:42 (two years ago) link

The new one grinds to a halt halfway through thanks to a twenty minute discussion between M, Q and Bond about how Brexit has affected Q Branch's talent pool.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:41 (seven months ago) link

There's a scene where Bond is killing time in a safe house where they insert an entire episode of Rick and Morty.

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:43 (seven months ago) link

A significant Act II chase sequence takes place in the line for Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Universal Studios Orlando.

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:59 (seven months ago) link

Extended sequence of Bond taking his Aston Martin to a garage because the clutch keeps slipping.

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 20:02 (seven months ago) link

No time to release this film QUITE yet.

MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020. pic.twitter.com/a9h1RP5OKd

— James Bond (@007) March 4, 2020

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 17:18 (six months ago) link

coronavirus situation worries re: Chinese cinemas, right?

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 17:27 (six months ago) link

Pretty much, there have been a lot of rumbling already, and if something similar happens here, well.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 17:29 (six months ago) link

on the bright side, now I know I'll have a way to take my mind off of Trump winning for at least a few hours.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Wednesday, 4 March 2020 17:30 (six months ago) link

I can't think of another 'big' film being postponed so close to its release date. That may turn out to be the most memorable thing abt this movie.

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 20:44 (six months ago) link

There was that Arnold movie he had pushed back because of 9/11.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 4 March 2020 20:49 (six months ago) link

& what other 'big' films came out in the first two months of a pandemic?

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Wednesday, 4 March 2020 20:52 (six months ago) link

There's Something About Malaria

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 4 March 2020 20:55 (six months ago) link

Soderbergh is in town tonight to promote Frosé and hosting a "secret" screening of one of his movies first: really missing a trick if it's not Contagion.

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Wednesday, 4 March 2020 21:02 (six months ago) link

I’m kind of suspicious that it’s not just a market issue. They brought Hans Zimmer in to do the score in January which seems like a little bit of a rush. No clue if this means they’re done editing and it’s going to sit there until fall or if this gives some breathing room on the work

mh, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 23:06 (six months ago) link

I’m imaging some scenario where they saw the first cut with the complete score and it’s Zimmer doing the Moby remix of the Bond theme from the 90s with some orchestral flourishes

mh, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 23:07 (six months ago) link

“Zimmer” meaning a flunkie from the Zimmer-haus obv

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 4 March 2020 23:11 (six months ago) link

yeah, the speculation was Wallfisch, etc. would be on duty

mh, Wednesday, 4 March 2020 23:40 (six months ago) link

Hang on.. does 'Zimmer' no longer mean he actually does the score? I'm obvs being real naive here.

piscesx, Thursday, 5 March 2020 01:37 (six months ago) link

like all great artists, he has a studio and signs his name on work

(he does credit collaborators)

mh, Thursday, 5 March 2020 02:01 (six months ago) link

youtube recommended billie eilish at some award show doing her new bond theme and it looked like zimmer was playing a synth with them for.. reasons?

mh, Thursday, 5 March 2020 02:03 (six months ago) link

Zimmer not a very good choice for Bond really - I can't think of any of his scores which have much in way of swagger.

chap, Thursday, 5 March 2020 17:24 (six months ago) link

six months pass...

I’ve decided doing donuts in the aston while firing the headlamp machine guns is the most ridiculous part of the trailer.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Sunday, 6 September 2020 15:58 (three weeks ago) link

Right, we should link that new one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw2FOYjCz38

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 6 September 2020 16:00 (three weeks ago) link

when I see this title, all I can think of is that spiritual we sang in All-State choir, "Ain't Got Time to Die"

Neanderthal, Sunday, 6 September 2020 16:03 (three weeks ago) link

is this ever coming out now? did they push it to next year?

akm, Sunday, 6 September 2020 16:25 (three weeks ago) link

I also wonder how many times Ana de Armas dropped the prop Uzi in that one pitch-and-catch scene.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Sunday, 6 September 2020 16:35 (three weeks ago) link

xpost -- Still aiming for November.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 6 September 2020 16:43 (three weeks ago) link

jokes on you, it was a a real Uzi, and when it hit the ground, it fired and Brandon Lee got hit

Neanderthal, Sunday, 6 September 2020 16:51 (three weeks ago) link

it sure looks beautiful

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 September 2020 17:38 (three weeks ago) link

oh man they have a shot of him shooting down a tunnel that intentionally looks like the opening crawl, sold

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 6 September 2020 17:40 (three weeks ago) link

skeptical they're ever going to top Casino Royale in the modern Bond era, everything since that one has been frantic yet mediocre

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Sunday, 6 September 2020 18:43 (three weeks ago) link

I’m hoping Fukunaga delivers

hopefully they didn’t throw all the best action scenes in this new trailer because if there’s more of that in there... wow!

irn-scamp (mh), Sunday, 6 September 2020 19:30 (three weeks ago) link

xp every future Bond will get a good debut and increasingly crappy further adventures

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Sunday, 6 September 2020 20:00 (three weeks ago) link

Matthew Lilard is

James Bnod

Neanderthal, Sunday, 6 September 2020 20:53 (three weeks ago) link

Throw in Bloomps as Bolfield and you've got a deal.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 7 September 2020 02:41 (three weeks ago) link

I don't expect Casino Royale to happen again. Skyfall quality would be enough.

All the car action in the trailer is a turn-off for me. Car action in movies after 1998 is either boring or incredibly fake.

wasdnous (abanana), Monday, 7 September 2020 04:30 (three weeks ago) link

rong

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 September 2020 04:37 (three weeks ago) link

i mean a lot of car action is fake but Craig bond car action is great

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 September 2020 04:38 (three weeks ago) link

like what are you even here for?

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 September 2020 04:39 (three weeks ago) link

Bond card action. Baccarat games that last eight hours.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 7 September 2020 04:45 (three weeks ago) link

huit
BONK

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 September 2020 04:50 (three weeks ago) link

post-Ronin, Bourne 1 had the best car action, other than that it's pretty dry

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Monday, 7 September 2020 04:50 (three weeks ago) link

mission impossibles ALL have dope car sequences
john wick 1 2 and 3

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 September 2020 05:01 (three weeks ago) link

Dur, DRIVE!

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 7 September 2020 05:27 (three weeks ago) link

And, while Baby Driver can't stop patting itself on the back, the chases and general 'cars as destructive forces' moments are quality.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 7 September 2020 05:40 (three weeks ago) link

I want to know more about the crazy folding wing glider-submarine steel-throwing-star-looking thing

i was like O_O

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 September 2020 06:00 (three weeks ago) link

IT LOOKS SO DOPE

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 7 September 2020 06:00 (three weeks ago) link

James Bond in 2020 has to understand that he sucks and it doesn't matter to be relevant

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 7 September 2020 07:00 (three weeks ago) link

Like, his best fung ku is overrun by Trump saying "fake news" so take it easy buddy

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 7 September 2020 07:01 (three weeks ago) link

This definitely looks like the best/least self serious since CR.

chap, Monday, 7 September 2020 09:04 (three weeks ago) link


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