The second trailer for No Time To Die, the 25th movie in the James Bond series and the last for current Bond Daniel Craig, dropped earlier today and it raises more questions than it answers.
2015’s Spectre was gorgeous, but bloated, the opposite of this interpretation of Ian Fleming’s super spy.
So, No Time To Die has to be big, but feel lean and no-nonsense at the same time, which is quite a feat.
This current Bond is also the first directed by a non European director – Cory Fukunaga, an American – and while I’m sure he’ll bring his own sensibilities to the production the current owners, Eon Productions, are extremely protective of the franchise.
This likely had a lot to do with Danny Boyle leaving the production before Fukunaga was hired.
So whatever sensiblities Fukunaga may bring, they’re in service to the priories of Eon Productions (Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson) so no one should be expecting anything out of the ordinary.
And did anyone notice the “Universal” logo in the trailer? That’s new because I believe Sony was the distributor for their last few features, not Universal.
And coronavirus hasn’t run it’s course in the United States – due to our own misplaced priorities more than anything else – so I’m not at all certain that enough people will be going to the theaters in November to justify the release of a movie that likely costs somewhere in the ballpark of $200 million or more.
Though many nations have done better than the United States, particularly in Europe, so it can still do well though if underperforms domestically.
That being said, it’s a huge problem.