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No Time to Die London film premiere 2021

Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

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No Time to Die London Premieres No Time to Die

  • Status: Confirmed
  • Date: September 28, 2021
  • Location: Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square London
  • Release in Cinemas: 2021-10-08
  • Runtime: 163 minutes
  • directors: Cary Joji Fukunaga

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In January 2021, a number of brand sponsors and partners demanded re-shoots pertaining to their product placement. Some products seen in the movie became outdated or obsolete due to the eighteen months delay caused by the global health pandemic. Reportedly, the Nokia phone ad starring Nomi (Lashana Lynch) had a smartphone which became both outdated and obsolete during the wait. The speed at which smartphones get new models and releases is particularly fast. In the relevant Nokia tie-in commercial, CGI was used to replace the phone in the advert, but the original smartphone in the movie remained the same.
  4. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga wanted one great bike stunt to feature in Matera, Italy. Stunt coordinator, Lee Morrison came up with the spectacular wall jump, performed by stuntman, Paul Edmondson. To perform the stunt, Edmondson rides up an 8m ramp at approximately 60kmh (37mph), gets airborne over a wall and lands on a cobbled terrace. This scene, along with the bridge attack jump, are two of the movie's signature stunts.
  5. Ana de Armas (Paloma) was so worried that her action sequences would not be good enough with only three weeks of training, she has shared "I kept telling Cary, 'I just have three weeks of training' and I said it so many times he said, 'Say that in the movie.'". Her line to Bond that she had had been "training for three weeks, more or less", was kept in the final version.
  6. The porcelain Royal Doulton "Union Jack" bulldog statuette which M (Judi Dench) gave James Bond as a present in 'Skyfall' (2012) can be seen just before James Bond (Daniel Craig) uncovers his Aston Martin V8 Vantage in his garage. The British Flag Bulldog figurine is seen at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  7. Composer Hans Zimmer took inspiration from the music composed for the theatrical trailer of the previous Bond film, not only by taking a similar approach to the James Bond theme for various action sequences, but also by incorporating the main theme from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
  8. 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 was not used as a filming location for the movie, but key creatives and principal cast did stay at GoldenEye for this launch event and during the Jamaican leg of the shoot.
  9. The type of mask seen in the film being worn by Safin (Rami Malek) is known as a "Noh" mask. They are made by carving from blocks of Japanese cypress and then later painted with natural pigments. The similarity of the words ''No'' and ''Noh'' contributed to the belief prior to release that Malik's character was a new incarnation of classic Bond villain Dr. Julius No.
  10. Christoph Waltz's return as villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld was supposed 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 became part of the picture's publicity and promotion, with him appearing in credits and trailers.
  11. 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.
  12. Paloma's gown, designed by Michael Lo Sordo, was chosen as her costume by the costume department (Suttirat Larlarb told Vogue) because it allowed her to fight without restriction while still being elegant enough to wear to a black-tie event.
  13. Star Daniel Craig, after having gotten injured on earlier Bond movies, injured his ankle by slipping during the shoot in Jamaica in May 2019, requiring minor surgery. He said in a 2021 interview that the accident was so unnecessary as he wasn't performing a stunt or anything physically dramatic, he just tripped over whilst walking and broke his ankle. The media at the time reported he was performing an action scene.
  14. This film is Daniel Craig's fifth and final appearance as James Bond. Released in 2021, the movie is also Craig's 15th year in tenure as James Bond since his first in Casino Royale (2006). By tenure, this makes Craig the longest running actor playing James Bond in the official series. Connery's tenure is the longest if one counts the period between 'Dr. No' (1962) and the unofficial 'Never Say Never Again' (1983), albeit with breaks, totaling a whopping 21 year time-span.
  15. David Dencik's role as the Russian scientist Obruchev was originally supposed to be smaller, but director Cary Joji Fukunagi enjoyed Dencik's performance so much that he expanded the role and looked for ways to keep the character in the film longer.
  16. All three James Bond movies to film in Jamaica: Dr. No (1962), Live and Let Die (1973), and No Time to Die (2021), have featured the CIA agent Felix Leiter. He is played in each of these films by different actors; Jack Lord, David Hedison, and Jeffrey Wright respectively.
  17. 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.
  18. 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".
  19. 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.
  20. Lashana Lynch had not watched any of the Bond films prior to taking part in this one. So, once her casting had been confirmed, she did precisely that and watched all of them during her preparations for the role, starting from the very beginning with 'Dr. No' (1962) right up to 'Spectre' (2015).
  21. 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."
  22. The controversial interview with Daniel Craig with Time Out published on 7th October 2015 reported that Craig said about making another James Bond film after Spectre (2015): "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" ... "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." Asked if he cares who plays Bond after him: "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."
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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).
  26. Reportedly, both this Bond movie and the previous film Spectre (2015) are not based on any original Ian Fleming James Bond story. However, 'No Time to Die' (2021) features some story elements from 'Dr No', 'You Only Live Twice' and 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. The opening title sequence from 'Spectre' was inspired by 'Live and Let Die' whilst 'Spectre' also featured story elements from both 'Octopussy' (the name Oberhauser) and 'The Hildebrand Rarity' (for the Hildebrand Safe House).
  27. The Matera location in Italy, which is featured in the pre-credits action sequence in this film, reportedly was actually first location scouted for the pre-titles sequence for the earlier Daniel Craig James Bond movie 'Quantum of Solace' (2008). Both of the sequences feature car chases. Another Daniel Craig James Bond, 'Spectre' (2015) also features a car chase in Italy.
  28. 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.
  29. In James Bond's home in Jamaica there is a replica of creator Ian Fleming's writing desk in the corner of the bedroom. The real desk however resides in Jamaica at Fleming's Villa at the Goldeneye Resort in Oracabessa, Jamaica.
  30. First James Bond movie to feature four different models of Aston Martin vehicles. The cars are the classic silver-birch Aston Martin DB5, the classic cumberland grey Aston Martin V8, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera and the new forthcoming mid-engined hypercar the Aston Martin Valhalla.
  31. Originally, the movie's antagonist, Lyutsifer Safin, had an associate henchman, and they were to both wear masks based on Siberian bear-hunting armour. These masks are spiked and somewhat resemble the 'Hellraiser' character, 'Pinhead.' Ultimately, the henchman character was written out, and new director Cary Joji Fukunaga wanted changes to Safin's costume, including a new mask, as the spiked hunting mask dominated the costume. A new mask based on the Noh from Japanese theatre replaced the spiked Siberian hunting mask.
  32. Longest pre-titles sequence in the official James Bond film series running at about 24 minutes before the opening titles roll. With its boat chase down the River Thames, the 14 to 15 minutes previous record holder had been 'The World is Not Enough' (1999), which held the title for around twenty-two years. That opening pre-credits sequence was so long that in theaters the opening song and titles didn't run until about one minute into the second reel.
  33. 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."
  34. Cary Joji Fukunaga is the first American director to direct a James Bond film in the official series. John Huston and Robert Parrish were the first Americans to direct a Bond feature film, they being 2 of the 5 or 6 directors who directed the unofficial Bond spoof 'Casino Royale' (1967). The director of the unofficial Bond movie, 'Never Say Never Again' (1982), Irvin Kershner, was also American, as was William H. Brown Jr, who was the director of the unofficial 'Casino Royale' (1954) tele-movie.
  35. Filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga is the first film director of a James Bond movie in the official film series to receive a writing credit for a Bond movie which they directed whilst 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).
  36. Eight stunt replicas of the classic James Bond silver-birch gun-metal gray car, the Aston Martin DB5, were especially designed and constructed for this movie. Two of the vehicles housed a mine dispenser and machine guns, while another two could be controlled by stunt drivers sitting in a cage on the roof while the actors were inside as the cars sped along. James Bond actor Daniel Craig commented: ''It's great to have the DB5 again. It was returned to Bond in 'Spectre' [2015] and is now in perfect condition... with a few added extras.''
  37. Eighth James Bond movie where the villain resides on an island lair. Safin (Rami Malek)'s lair is called ''Poison Island'' and its actual location was on Kalsoy Island in the Faroe Islands. In 'Skyfall' (2012), Raoul Silva's empty island lair was shot on Hashima Island, an abandoned isle near Nagasaki, Japan. The others were: Dr. No (1962)'s Crab Key island; Largo's Palmyra Estate in the Bahamas in Thunderball (1965); Blofeld's Japanese island volcano lair in You Only Live Twice (1967); Mr. Big's fictitious Carribean island of San Monique in Live and Let Die (1973); Kizkulesi Island (The Maiden's Tower) belonging to Renard and Elektra King located in Turkey's Bosphorus Sea in The World Is Not Enough (1999); and perhaps most famously Scaramanga's island in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
  38. The name of the Cuban night-club in Havana, Cuba was the ''El Nido Bar''. The words ''El Nido'' are Spanish and translates into the English language as ''The Nest''. Set Decorator Véronique Melery has said: "This hotel was a composite set, with a grand entrance, a theatre, a ballroom, and some bars. The feeling of this place is of an old palace, all faded glory. The frescoes' patina lends to the nostalgic atmosphere, and the elegance of the dated Art Deco furniture shows signs of age, like so many places in Cuba."
  39. 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.
  40. In March 2021, the movie's title 'No Time to Die' song won the Grammy for Best Song written for Visual Media making it the first time that a Grammy has been awarded in this category for a film that has not even been released. The song is sung by Billie Eilish and was written by her and Finneas O'Connell who both won the Grammy. The ceremony was held on 14th March 2021 approximately 7 months prior to the film's North American release date of 8th October 2021.
  41. The interior design of the ground floor bar of the ''El Nido'' Bar of the old grand hotel in Havana, Cuba was inspired by the classic ''Nighthawks'' (1942) oil on canvas painting by Edward Hopper. The bar is featured in the film when Bond (Daniel Craig) has a drink with Paloma (Ana de Armas) during the Cuban sequence.
  42. When actress Lashana Lynch first auditioned for the role of Nomi and a Double-O Agent she has stated that she did not initially know she was auditioning for a Bond movie.
  43. Jamaican actress Grace Jones, who starred as May Day in A View to a Kill (1985), was going to make a cameo appearance in this film during the Jamaica scenes, however she quit shortly after shooting began upon learning how small her part was. Two of this movie's actresses: Lashana Lynch and Naomie Harris, are of Jamaican descent.
  44. During principal photography, actor Rami Malek had to wear a wig to portray the arch-villain Lyutsifer Safin because he was still shooting the fourth and final season of the television series 'Mr. Robot' (2015-2019) and had to hide his haircut for his Elliot Alderson character.
  45. 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.
  46. Daniel Craig is the only actor to play James Bond who is never seen smoking in the movie. Though there is the appearance of 'Delectado' cigars at his Jamaican home in 'No Time to Die' (2021). His iteration of the character though was the first time Agent 007 was seen drunk on screen which was in 'Quantum of Solace' (2008).
  47. Of the movie's 'No Time to Die' title, producer Barbara Broccoli has said: "We were struggling to find a title. We wanted a title that wouldn't give away anything but would be understandable, and after you see the movie, have a deeper resonance, because that's often what [Ian] Fleming titles are all about."
  48. 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."
  49. 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).
  50. Most expensive James Bond movie ever with a budget of about US $250 million beating previous Bond movie record holder of 'Spectre' (2015) which had a budget of around US $245 million.
  51. The name of the Italian town featured in the film where James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) stay at the ''Palazzo Lucareschi'' hotel and later go to a train station is ''Civita Lucana''. Both these Italian place names are fictional and do not exist in real life. In the movie, ''Civita Lucana'' is portrayed by the town of Sapri in Salerno, Campania, Italy whilst the ''Palazzo Lucareschi'' hotel was comprised of two set constructions. These hotel scenes were filmed in Italy at Matera in Basilicata at the ''Rione Pianelle'' (for the lobby entry) and the ''Piazetta Pascoli'' (for the hotel room with balcony).
  52. 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 Sorry. I would've liked to." However, in the end, Waltz did return to play Blofeld in this picture.
  53. 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."
  54. Rami Malek nearly didn't get the part of Safin as his agents didn't bother to respond to phone calls from the producers. It was casting director Debbie McWilliams who managed to meet him and secured the invitation to audition when she attended a preview screening of Malek's hit film, Bohemian Rhapsody (2018). He agreed to the role on the condition that he didn't want Safin to be an ethnic-religious terrorist and a cackling megalomaniac, which he felt was too much of a stereotype.
  55. 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). Fukunaga also said that Léa Seydoux would be reprising her role as Madeleine Swann, making her the first female lead to appear in successive Bond films.
  56. 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' (2021), 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' (2021).
  57. The film features the first ever female 00 agent character in the official James Bond series. The character is Nomi portrayed by actress Lashana Lynch, who in a 21 January 2020 interview on Entertainment Weekly's video special 'Around the Table with No Time to Die' (2020) stated clearly that she portrays a 00 agent in this movie.
  58. 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)].
  59. 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.
  60. Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong'o was reportedly sought for a role, but was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts, as she was committed to both '355' and 'The Killer'. The relevant part is believed to have been filled by actress Lashana Lynch who portrays Nomi.
  61. About five days before the film's world premiere, actor Daniel Craig was made an honorary Commander in the British Royal Navy. The rank matches that of James Bond in the novels and movies whilst the filmmakers worked closely with them and the Ministry of Defence in the production of the picture. Commander Craig's appointment as an Honorary Officer was made to reflect his personal support for Her Majesty's Armed Forces and links it with the legacy created through the guise of the famous fictional British secret agent. Commander Craig has stated that he is keen to support personnel with the Royal Navy with a particular interest in service families. Commander Craig said: "I am truly privileged and honoured to be appointed the rank of Honorary Commander in the senior service." The word 'commander' actually features in a working title of an Ian Fleming Bond novel. That was for the other 'No' titled Bond story - 'Dr. No' - and it was 'Commander Jamaica' - and it's a popular title amongst fans for being be used one day as a James Bond movie title. 'No Time to Die' (2021) features Jamaica as a setting and filming location and in the film Bond in Jamaica is called Commander by Nomi (Lashana Lynch). As such, there is a little bit of 'Commander Jamaica' in 'No Time to Die' (2021).
  62. 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' (2021).
  63. No Time to Die (2021) cost roughly 250 times more than the first James Bond movie. Dr. No (1962) cost about £800,000, while No Time to Die (2021), according to May 2020 UK newspaper reports, was at the £200 million mark.
  64. 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."
  65. The name of the drink that James Bond in retirement pours at his home in Jamaica is ''Blackwell's Rum''. The beverage makes its film debut in a James Bond movie in 'No Time to Die' (2021). The rum is produced by Chris Blackwell who was a location scout on 'Dr. No' (1962). In 1956, Fleming met Chris' mother, Blanche Blackwell, who lived next door. They became close friends and Chris became a location scout in 1961 for 'Dr. No' (1962) upon Fleming's recommendation. Chris and his mother spent many afternoons at Goldeneye, enjoying lunch in Fleming's sunken garden and swimming in the crystalline lagoon. Of the rum in the film, Chris Blackwell said: "This is a rum that celebrates Jamaica, my friendships, and also my family legacy." The involvement of the Blackwell family with the 25th James Bond film 'No Time to Die' (2021) has made this very special relationship between Bond and Blackwell in existence since 'Dr No' (1962) now come full circle with 'No Time To Die' (2021).
  66. First motion picture feature film of stunt driver Jessica Hawkins who was hand picked by stunt coordinator Lee Morrison who had scouted her 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."
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. Nomi's ( Lashana Lynch ) rectangular sunglasses are a nod to former A View to a Kill (1985) Bond girl Grace Jones, who wore a similar pair of sunglasses in one of her music videos.
  70. First James Bond movie in the official series since 'Dr. No' (1962) where Jamaican scenes were filmed on location. 'Dr. No.' (1962) was the first James Bond movie in the official series. The interval between the two pictures is fifty-eight years. In 'Live and Let Die' (1973), Jamaica was the filming location for the fictitious state of "San Monique".
  71. The visually outstanding bridge where Bond, Madeleine and Mathilde first pass the enemies in their cars, is Storseisundbrua ("the Storseisundet Bridge"), world famous for its peculiar shape that creates an illusion for approaching motorists that it ends in nothingness. For this, it has been called "The Bridge to Nowhere" and "the drunk bridge".
  72. 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 1985 5.3 litre Aston Martin V8 Vantage, 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 playing James Bond at the time.
  73. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produces the James Bond movies but do not generally theatrically release them. The agreement between MGM and Sony expired 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.
  74. Cars and road vehicles featured in the film include Bond's classic 1964 silver-birch Aston Martin DB5 gadget-car; Bond's cumberland grey 1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Mark IV previously seen in The Living Daylights (1987); a 2020 Aston Martin Valhalla; the forthcoming mid-engined Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar seen behind M in a wind tunnel; Nomi's new model Aston Martin DBS Superleggera coupé; numerous black Land Rover Defender 110 SUVs; Bond's old Toyota Land Cruiser Prado J90; 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVRs; Classic 1987 Range Rover ORVs; Bond's old blue Land Rover Series III off-road vehicle; Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro motor-bikes; a 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE motor-cycle which jumps over the tall wall; 2016 black Jaguar XF saloon sedans; Paloma's old 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan, a 1994 Maserati Quattroporte IV sedan in the bridge attack; a blue 2006 Citroën C3 Série 1 hatchback; a black 2002 Lancia Thesis sedan; a red 1974 Dino 308 GT4 Ferrari coupé; small white Soviet Lada Riva 1600 sedan marked patrol cars (aka VAZ-2106 aka Zhiguli 2106); a grey 1950 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Special sedan; and Nomi's white Royal Alloy GT 125 scooter in Jamaica.
  75. 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', 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.
  76. 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.
  77. An accident during the shoot occurred when three explosions accidentally went off on the set at the 007 Stage 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. The official press release stated: "During the filming of a controlled explosion on the set of 'Bond 25' today at Pinewood Studios, damage was caused to the exterior of the 007 Stage. There were no injuries on set, however one crew member outside the stage has sustained a minor injury." A source told 'The Sun' newspaper that ''there were three loud explosions, one after another, and a member of the crew was lying on the floor outside the building injured." It reported that the stunt was being rehearsed wherein "a fireball was supposed to go through the set." However, apparently things went "horribly wrong". 'The Sun' reported that ''part of the roof and some wall panels were blown off in the explosion misfire.''
  78. The total number of production crew personnel that worked on this picture amounted to about 650.
  79. For every one of Daniel Craig's five James Bond films, there has never been a consistent returning gun-barrel walk sequence. In these, Craig's Bond movies have only used the classic Maurice Binder graphics once. In each of the movies, a new gun-barrel walk sequence was filmed with the actor. In 'Casino Royale' (2006), the sequence was worked into Bond's first kill as a Double-O Agent. For 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) and 'Skyfall' (2012), the gun-barrel walk was moved from their traditional place right at the start of the film to just before the end credits roll. 'Spectre' (2015)'s gun-barrel walk used the Binder graphics and were sequenced in their traditional opening spot. In 'No Time to Die' (2021), the gun barrel sequence is still at the beginning but is uses CGI (computer generated imagery) for the contours graphics of the inside of the gun. There is no red blood falling colour at the end of the gun-shot component of the gun-barrel walk, the first time this has happened in the series. Further, it is also the first time in a Daniel Craig Bond movie that he is seen wearing a tuxedo during a gun-barrel walk sequence.
  80. The "Safin" name of Rami Malek's villain character in the film is of Arabic origin. Its meaning is "Boat". 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. Malek 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).
  81. 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. The release date changed three or four times and in the end the picture premiered on 28th September 2021.
  82. 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.
  83. The warship seen in the film is portrayed by the British Royal Navy vessel HMS Dragon. The ship filmed its scenes for the film prior to the pandemic in The Solent. A Royal Navy spokesman declared though ''no weapons were fired during the filming'' of the movie indicating that any missiles fired in the film were the result of VFX and CGI. The 152 metre Portsmouth-based ship is a Daring-class Type 45 air-defence destroyer and has a gigantic red dragon emblem on its hull. In actual use, it performs weapons operation, helicopter maintenance, long-range air target searching and long-distance target engagement. Ten of the Dragon's crew attended the Royal World Premiere Charity Benefit of 'No Time to Die' (2021) on 28th September 2021 where images of the ship were shown on big screens over the red carpet and about fifty musicians from the Portsmouth Band of the Royal Marines played at the end of the live cross.
  84. 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.
  85. Rami Malek is the fifth Academy Award winner to play a Bond villain, after: Orson Welles - Casino Royale (1967) Christopher Walken - A View to a Kill (1985) Javier Bardem - Skyfall (2012) Christoph Waltz - Spectre (2015)
  86. 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.
  87. 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 show-business trade paper '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 due to delays in releasing the film, adding to a financially difficult year. Earlier this year it was reported that the studio was 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.
  88. In Jamaica, James Bond discovers that someone has been in his home smoking a cigar. He finds one there and notices that it is a 'Delectado'. According to 'Cigars of the Silver Screen' published by Alexanders Cigars Merchants, 'in a very British take on the genre, in [the earlier Bond movie] 'Die Another Day', Bond [Pierce Brosnan] visits a Cuban cigar factory ostensibly asking for a Delectado cigar whilst searching for a sleeper agent. At the time the movie was made there was no such thing as a Delectado but of course there is now.' Both 'Die Another Day' (2002) and 'No Time to Die' (2021) feature Cuba as a setting as does 'GoldenEye' (1995).
  89. The film'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."
  90. At 163 minutes or 2 hours and 43 minutes, 'No Time To Die' (2021), which is almost 3 hours, this is the longest James Bond film by approximately 13 minutes, beating out Spectre (2015)'s 150 minutes. At two hours and twenty-four minutes, Casino Royale (2006) was once the longest James Bond movie, beating the previous record 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' (2021), 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, four minutes shorter than the second shortest movie, Dr. No (1962).
  91. The theatrical 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 five years and eleven 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).
  92. One the most emotional moments during the shoot came when James Bond actor Daniel Craig's final scenes and last day filming were shot. These were, fittingly, shot at Pinewood Studios, the traditional home of the Bond films. Producer Michael G. Wilson recalled the feeling on set by saying: "It was late at night and usually people go home when they're done but everyone came on set. It wasn't a party atmosphere exactly but it was a special moment and people wanted to be there. They called 'Wrap!' and Daniel said some beautiful words and everyone was tearful and hugging. We were all sorry to see this era end; it was very emotional for the crew."
  93. The painting that hangs in the office of M (Ralph Fiennes) is the ''Battle of Germany'' (1944) by British war artist and surrealist painter Paul Nash (11 May 1889 - 11 July 1946). The landscape and battle painting genres artwork is an abstract art oil painting on canvas with a World War II theme and hangs in the Imperial War Museum in London, England. According to 'Architectural Digest', it is ''an abstract work from 1944 of a city under attack'' and ''was selected to hang on M's wall'' as ''it hints at some of his emotional conflicts through the film.'' The artwork was the final painting that Nash painted under his tenure with the WAAC (War Artists' Advisory Committee). The WAAC had originally requested a sequel to Nash's earlier painting the ''Battle of Britain'' (1941). One of the producers of the later movie 'The Battle of Britain' (1969) was former James Bond film series producer Harry Saltzman.
  94. Daniel Craig said in an interview that he is very sad to be leaving the series.
  95. The movie's title song secretly features an Easter Egg: the famous classic opening Bond sting from the many Bond theme songs. Singer Billie Eilish confirmed this Easter Egg in the track in the music episode of the 'No Time to Die' Official Podcast. She said: "You can't do a Bond song without it sounding like a Bond song. If you listen closely, you can hear [the Bond sting] in the second verse. It's very subtle, and it's very echoed. We decided to do that though." Her brother and the song's producer Finneas O'Connell said: "It was recorded in London, and then like there was a version without [the Bond sting]. Then, we were like, put it back in, it's great.'' (A "sting" is a trademark set of notes. For this theme song, the four notes occur just after the second verse begins.)
  96. Land Rover has had a long partnership with EON Productions' official James Bond film franchise, and it continues with this movie. Their first association was in 1982 with 'Octopussy' (1983), about thirty-eight years before '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', seen during the film's opening sequence. Land Rover vehicles that appear in 'No Time to Die' (2020) include four models: The Range Rover Classic, the Series III Land Rover, the Range Rover Sport SVR, and the new Land Rover Defender. The first time a Land Rover was seen in a Bond movie was 'You Only Live Twice'. Military Police pull up in a Defender right after Bond is "killed".
  97. On 6th October 2021 at 6:30 p.m, about two days before the movie's release in the USA on 8th October 2021, the film's James Bond actor Daniel Craig received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In attendance were co-star Rami Malek and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson the latter of whom also made a speech. Also in attendance were top brass from MGM, Universal International, EON Productions and United Artists Releasing. Craig is the 2,704th person to receive a star on the famed walkway and his resides near the star of another James Bond actor, Roger Moore, both at 7007 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, USA. Moore's star was awarded in the year 2007 on 10/11. The only other James Bond actor to have a star here is Pierce Brosnan, awarded on 12/03/1997, nearby at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. And about a block away is a star for co-founding James Bond producer Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli at 6910 Hollywood Blvd.
  98. Fifth James Bond movie to film in Scotland. The fourth and most recent has been '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' (2021) 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 ancestry. 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.
  99. 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 balked 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".
  100. To celebrate the return of James Bond's iconic Aston Martin DB5 to the big screen in 'No Time to Die' (2021), Aston Martin and Corgi unveiled a full-size replica of the original 1965 Corgi DB5 model. Located at The Coaling Jetty, outside Battersea Power Station, the life size model which measures 5.66 metres long, 2.7 metres tall and 2.7 metres deep, replicates the original Corgi design and houses a new Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation car. The vehicle is complete with a broad selection of working gadgets, albeit the ejector seat, that fans will recognize from the classic James Bond films 'Goldfinger' (1964) and 'Thunderball' (1965): a retractable bullet proof rear shield, pop out machine guns, extending front over-riders and of course rotating number plates.
  101. During filming at Langvann in Hakadal, Norway, due to ice melting quicker attributed to global warming, a set construction of a hytte (large cabin) started to sink into the ice, uncharacteristic for the time of year, and the film production had to act quickly to rectify the situation. Director Cary Joli Fukunaga told Norwegian newspaper 'Aftenposten': "-'A set we'd built began to sink down into the lake.' He described a race against the clock, with no opportunity to postpone that portion of the filming, 'since it was an unusually warm winter'.'' It added: ''the frozen lake scenes in Nittedal became a bit more exciting for the production crew than expected: A short winter characterized by the relatively warm temperatures linked to climate change resulted in the ice over Langvann melting much more quickly than expected.'' Production designer Mark Tildesley has said: ''We built that house on the lake and decided to put it in the middle of the lake. It was tricky because we didn't get our cameras in time and the ice began to melt. So, we had to support the house on stilts to keep it standing.'' Ironically, in Daniel Craig's first Bond movie 'Casino Royale' (2006) Bond is in Venice and has to escape a sinking house.
  102. The names of books seen at the home of James Bond in Jamaica include: (1) ''Time's Arrow: or The Nature of the Offence'' (1991) by Martin Amis ; (2) ''Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945'' (2005) by Tony Judt ; (3) ''The Complete Zaha Hadid'' by Zaha Hadid (2009) ; (4) ''Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values'' (1974) by Robert M. Pirsig ; (5) ''Welcome Aboard! Traveling on an Ocean Liner'' (1987) by Barbara A. Huff ; (6) ''A Sailor's Tales'' (1978) by Bill Robinson ; (7) ''Sunset Song'' (1932) by Lewis Grassic Gibbon ; (8) "The Complete Book of Sea Fishing" (1993) with introduction by Trevor Housby ; and (9) ''A Brilliant Darkness: The Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Ettore Majorana, the Troubled Genius of the Nuclear Age'' (2009) by Joao Magueijo.
  103. 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.
  104. Featuring in the pre-credits sequence in this Bond movie is the Italian stone city of Matera, which is, according to TV Tropes, ''a rare instance of [a] non-Italian film where the city appears as itself.''
  105. The breed of Q's two cats seen in the film are Hairless Egyptian Sphynx cats which are the same breed as the cat Mr. Bigglesworth in the 'Austin Powers' spy spoof series. Mr. Bigglesworth himself is a cat spoof of Blofeld's Cat from the Bond series whose breed is a blue-eyed white-haired Chinchilla Turkish Angora Persian cat. Blofeld's Cat actually appears in a starring role in a 'No Time to Die' (2021) tie-in advert. In 'Meow' (2020) (V), aka the 'Royal Mail James Bond Stamps 'No Time to Die' Television Commercial', Blofeld's Cat has his first ever starring role in an official Bond video in a comic commercial promoting a series of James Bond stamps. Ironically, the name of the director of the commercial is Austen Humphries.
  106. The on-board yachting scenes in Jamaica with James Bond (Daniel Craig) sailing were not directed by the film's director Cary Joji Fukanaga but by Spirit Yachts CEO and founder Sean McMillan whose company provided the 14 metre Spirit 46 yacht to the production. Boat International reported: ''During filming McMillan was charged with directing Craig on board and ensuring Bond appeared a convincing experienced sailor. At times, this involved McMillan lying on the floor - out of shot - barking instructions up to Craig as the cameras rolled.'' McMillan said: "By the time you've got cameras, cameramen and sound-men on a very small boat, there's not much room. Everybody just muddles on and gets along with it. There's no real difficulty about it at all because everyone wants the same end goal."
  107. 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.
  108. First James Bond movie to be made and released after the passing away of former 007 actor Sir 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 Sir Sean Connery, who sadly passed away on 31st October 2020.
  109. 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.
  110. Showtime CEO and President and David Nevins said on 8th August 2017 that "Purity" (2016) 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."
  111. At 53 years old at the time of release, Daniel Craig became the second oldest actor to play James Bond in the official film series. Roger Moore was 57 when his final Bond movie in the official series 'A View to a Kill' (1985) was made and first released. In comparison, when Sean Connery made his last Bond movie, the unofficial Bond film 'Never Say Never Again' (1983), he was aged 52 years when it was filmed and 53 when it was first released. David Niven was aged 57 years when he played James Bond in the unofficial Bond spoof movie 'Casino Royale' (1967).
  112. James Bond (Daniel Craig) is 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).
  113. First Hollywood film to get a theatrical release in India in the Indian language dialect of Gujarati. The movie is also releasing in India in English and other predominant Indian dialects and languages.
  114. 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.
  115. When in Norway, Nomi's car has a GB sticker on the license plate with the EU flag above it. As of January 2021, these are no longer valid for British cars travelling to the EU and in September 2021, it changes from GB to UK. As this was filmed and set for release before the changes, this is accurate and not an error.
  116. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) granted access to key assets and personnel to the production. RAF Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire, was used as a backdrop in the film, standing in for a NATO airbase in Norway, where James Bond (Daniel Craig) joins MI6 allies and later boards a C-17 Globemaster aircraft. Meanwhile, for the production, the British Army supplied troops from the Household Cavalry. They offered their time at a pivotal moment in their calendar, just before the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in London, England.
  117. Lutvann, one of the frozen lakes that this James Bond spy movie production filmed at in Norway, is situated right near E-tjenesten, which according to Norway's 'News in English' website, is ''the fenced-off headquarters of Norway's own military intelligence agency''.
  118. This is Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's first film to shoot with 70mm IMAX film cameras and Universal Pictures' second film to use IMAX film cameras since the lunar sequences in First Man (2018). Both films were shot by Linus Sandgren. It's the first 007 picture ever filmed with Imax15/70 film cameras.
  119. Despite the film extensively referencing the early Bond movie 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969) and its ''All the Time in the World'' music and dialogue, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, who admitted to having being a Bond series fan-boy, had not seen 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969) prior to directing 'No Time to Die' (2021).
  120. Debuting James Bond co-scriptwriter Scott Z. Burns previously was a screenwriter on another spy movie, the Jason Bourne film 'The Bourne Ultimatum' (2007). However, he receives no credit for screenwriting on this picture as Union rules state that a picture can only have three writing credits. In February 2019, Burns was responsible for an uncredited rewrite for the film.
  121. 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.
  122. In the French version, Léa Seydoux (Madeleine) and Dali Bensallah (Cyclops) dubbed themselves. Ms Seydoux also provides her dialogue in her native language in scenes with Lisa-Dorah Sonnet who plays her daughter.
  123. In Denmark, 'No Time To Die' had the best opening weekend at the box office on record, beating the previous record by the previous James Bond movie 'Spectre' (2015). In total, 'No Time to Die' sold more than one million tickets, the first film to do so since 'Avatar' (2009).
  124. This 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 Bond comic or short story or video-game or continuation novel by another writer. Nor does it have any connection with James Bond creator Fleming in terms of wording or phraseology such as personal relevance, story text or the name of a chapter title. "No Time to Die" is the fourth 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), and the third was Skyfall (2012). It's the fifth, if one counts the unofficial Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983). Spectre (2015), GoldenEye (1995), Licence to Kill (1989), and The World Is Not Enough (1999) were all Bond movie titles with a connection to Fleming or a James Bond work (but not being a title of a novel or short story).
  125. The film's folding-wing two-seat submersible glider in the movie continues a tradition in the Bond film franchise which sees vehicles perform a different type of motion than their usual travel mode. These have included the Lotus underwater car - the amphibious car that can turn into a mini-submarine in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977); the gondola boat that could turn into a road vehicle in 'Moonraker' (1979); and the car that could be adapted to fly in the air in 'The Man with the Golden Gun' (1974) and become a flying car. Further, in 'Octopussy' (1983), a car traveled in train-like locomotion driving on rail tracks, whilst in the non-bond spy movie 'XXX: The Return of Xander Cage' (2017) dirt-bikes converted into jet-skis. Moreover, about a half dozen 1960s films and a few others feature an ''amphicar'' - it's another amphibious vehicle but one from real life - an automobile which can drive along the top of water. Now, 'No Time to Die' (2021) features two amphibious aircraft - it's the fifth James Bond film to feature a seaplane whilst there is also the fantastical "Stealthy Bird" glider - a plane that can turn into a submarine.
  126. 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).
  127. First James Bond movie to be released in 3D (in selected countries only though). This includes 3D and RealD formats.
  128. Eight Aston Martin DB5 stunt cars were built specially for this movie, and two real Aston DB5 were used for close-ups. The main difference between stunt cars and hero cars is that the stunt cars can drift and have a shine in the paint that doesn't look common in a old car, and the grill chrome looks too new for a 1964 model.
  129. 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. In Australia, a similar concept was utilized for their football code, Australian Rules football run by the AFL (Australian Football League). A TV spot for the movie was broadcast during the Aussie AFL Grand Final on 25th September 2021 despite the fact that the movie would not launch there for about another month and half on 11th November 2021.
  130. With this film, his fifth turn as Bond, Daniel Craig became the third ranked actor to have played the character the most times in the official movies, after first ranked Sir Roger Moore, who made seven official Bond films, and second ranked Sir Sean Connery, who appeared in six official Bond movies. Down the tally order would be Pierce Brosnan with four, Timothy Dalton with two, and George Lazenby with one.
  131. First James Bond movie to film in Jamaica since 'Live and Let Die' (1973) with this being an interval of about forty-six years.
  132. Right on the day after the movie world premiered, British comedian and long-time Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais jokingly declared himself to be the next James Bond thereby giving himself the moniker: ''The Man with the Golden Globes''. Gervais, with a dapper photo of himself sporting a tuxedo from when he hosted the Golden Globes in 2020, said on Twitter on 29th September 2021: ''I'll be the next James Bond but I'm not doing any running around or working after 4pm. And no Martini. Bollocks drink, that. Oh, and he's from Reading and swears a lot.''
  133. First James Bond movie to be screened in both the new technology formats of 4DX and ScreenX.
  134. The nick-name of Primo (Dali Benssalah) was ''Cyclops''. He is so named after the fact that he has one bionic eye and one normal eye. According to 'The Bond Bulletin', ''henchman Primo [(Dali Benssalah)] seems to have a fake eye, an idea that had previously been in the script for 'SPECTRE' [(2015)].'' In the earlier James Bond movie 'Casino Royale' (2006), the henchman Gettler (Richard Sammel) wore eye-glasses with different shades - one clear and one dark.
  135. 5th James Bond movie to feature a seaplane. The make and model of the seaplane is apparently a De Havilland Canada DHC-2. Prior to 'No Time to Die' (2021), seaplanes have featured in at least four James Bond movies. They were: (1) A Republic RC-3 Seabee Seaplane in 'The Man With the Golden Gun' (1974) ; (2) A Cessna U206G Stationair Amphibian Seaplane in 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981) ; (3) A Cessna 185 Seaplane in 'Licence to Kill' (1989) ; and (4) A De Havilland Canada Twin Otter Seaplane in 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  136. In territories where Universal distributed the film, the appearance of the O of the gun-barrel is initially formed out of the globe of the Universal Pictures logo, which appears second after the MGM logo.
  137. The ramp featured in the opening sequence's big motor-cycle jump was not part of the actual wall it was adjacent to in the old age stone city of Matera in Italy. It was in fact a specially built secure platform set construction made especially for the stunt so the motor-bike could ride up it and jump over the corresponding ancient wall.
  138. According to Huntingbond's 'James Bond Movie Locations around the World', ''the 'El Nido' night club and the whole junction in front of it aren't real: they were a massive set built in Pinewood [Studios 007 Stage]. The stairs and bar of the night club are inspired by famous real counterparts: For example the stairs, where Paloma (Ana de Armas) fights, are taken from Havana's famous bar 'La Guarida'. The balcony and street setting is inspired by bars like 'Casa de la Trova' in Santiago and the wooden bar has similarities to one of [Ernest] Hemingway's home-turfs in Havana: 'Sloppy Joe's Bar'.''
  139. Rami Malek didn't want his character to be purely Russian, so he decided that Safin should be speaking in an ambiguous accent but based his character on an amalgam of several personalities including former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko (scarred face from poisoning, slow deliberate movements) and former tennis player Marat Safin (name). The scarred face makeup required 2.5 hours to apply daily.
  140. This is the second James Bond film to feature an F-bomb, with the first being Skyfall. However, this is the first to feature the word being used twice, although the first one (spoken by Madeleine Swann early in the film) is difficult to hear since she says it under her breath.
  141. First James Bond movie to feature two major female characters who are black. They are actresses Lashana Lynch and Naomie Harris, who play Nomi and Eve Moneypenny, respectively.
  142. The movie is the first pandemic picture that made over US $100 million globally without being released in China and which did not debut in the USA.
  143. 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.
  144. After the old Dalida sung French song ''Dans la Ville Endormie'' (1968) was acquired for use in the movie, the song was then re-issued in a limited and numbered edition 45 rpm 10 inch (25 cm) vinyl single issue release and a music video made in the style of a James Bond opening titles sequence which is available to watch on the internet.
  145. Product placements, brand integrations, corporate partners, and promotional tie-ins for this movie include: Nokia phones; vehicles: Formula One, Triumph motorcycles, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover Defender; watches: Omega and Swatch ²Q; clothing from N. Peal; footwear: Adidas sneakers and Crockett & Jones shoes; accessories: Barton Perreira sunglasses, Michael Kors bags and Globe-Trotter attaché cases; drinks: Coca-Cola, Heineken beer, Smirnoff vodka, Blackwell Rum and Bollinger champagne; Chopard diamond jewelry; boats: Spirit Yachts and CMA CGM shipping; Greg Williams Photography (GWP); DHL couriers and logistics; Royal Mail stamps; and the Jamaican Tourist Board.
  146. 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.)
  147. 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, Jack Davenport, David Beckham, and bookies front-runners, Tom Hardy and Damian Lewis.
  148. According to the 'Useless Daily Gazette', the time-line of Danny Boyle's involvement with the picture is as follows: ''In February 2018, Danny Boyle was established as a front-runner for the directing position. Boyle's original pitch to [producers] Broccoli and Wilson saw John Hodge writing a screenplay based on Boyle's idea with Purvis and Wade's version scrapped. Hodge's draft was greenlit, and Boyle was confirmed to direct with a production start date of December 2018. However, Boyle and Hodge left in August 2018 due to creative differences...It was reported at the time that Boyle's exit was due to the casting of Tomasz Kot as the lead villain. However, Boyle later confirmed the dispute was over the script. Following Boyle's departure, the release date became contingent on whether the studio could find a replacement within sixty days. Cary Joji Fukunaga was announced as the new director in September 2018.''
  149. 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".
  150. The film could be the first ever James Bond movie in the official film series to lose money. Show-business trade paper 'Variety' said the studio had already spent $66 million on promoting the film, while fellow show-business trade paper '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. Different figures have been reported in the press, some stating that the film has $100 million in marketing costs on the top of its $250 million budget declaring that it needs to make between $600-800 million to just break even.
  151. 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), Sir Sean Connery (six), Sir Roger Moore (seven) [Connery has also done seven Bond films if one counts the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983)].
  152. 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.
  153. The plot line about James Bond having left the service and being asked for help has already been used as a story element in the non-series James Bond parody Casino Royale (1967) which was suggested by Ian Fleming's first novel of the same name. The first James Bond movie Daniel Craig starred in was 'Casino Royale' (2006) .
  154. First time in the official James bond film series that two actresses have portrayed the same Bond Girl / Bond Woman character in the one same Bond movie (excluding body doubles and stunt doubles). The Madeleine Swann character is actually played by two actresses in the film. Léa Seydoux reprises her role from 'Spectre' (2015) as the adult aged Madeleine whilst Coline Defaud portrays the Young Madeleine during the pre-titles sequence.
  155. 'Film New Europe' reported on 30th August 2018 regarding the earlier publicized casting of Polish actor Tomasz Kot as the villain in this Bond movie: ''Polish actor Tomasz Kot has responded to a deluge of international media reports that allege a conflict between Danny Boyle and Daniel Craig over who would play the main villain was the reason behind the director walking away from the 25th Bond film. Kot confirms that the director considered him for the role of the Russian villain but says that he does not have any knowledge about the alleged artistic tensions between Danny Boyle and Daniel Craig. According to international media reports, when Craig opposed Boyle's choice to cast Kot and wanted to replace him with someone more internationally recognized, the director walked away from the project claiming a lack of artistic freedom.''
  156. The film's Royal World Premiere held on 28th September 2021, according to show-business trade-paper 'The Hollywood Reporter', was ''the biggest film premiere in the U.K. in several years and, definitely, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic''. The gala charity benefit event ''required all guests to show negative COVID-19 tests before entering the venue, and guests were 'strongly encouraged' to wear masks throughout, per the official invite.''
  157. Where once the James Bond films played as separate adventures, linked by characters both malevolent and benign, EON Productions wanted the Daniel Craig series to unfold as a unified whole. 'Quantum Of Solace' (2008) picked up immediately after 'Casino Royale' (2006), which had tracked Bond's initiation into the life of a Double-O agent. 'Skyfall' (2012) slotted into the series to reveal important aspects of Bond's early life. Now, the 25th film in the EON series, 'No Time To Die', begins in the aftermath of 'Spectre' (2015) where the film's conclusion saw Bond (Craig) and Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) drive away in the Aston Martin DB5.
  158. First time in about forty-two years that a James Bond film has received an Oscar (Academy Award) nomination for Best Visual Effects. The last time was for 'Moonraker' (1979) in 1980. In 1966, John Stears won an Oscar for Best Effects - Special Visual Effects for 'Thunderball' (1965). 'No Time to Die' (1965) is the third James Bond movie to receive an Academy Award (Oscar) nomination for Visual Effects after the above-mentioned two Bond movies. Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould and Visual Effects Supervisor Charlie Noble both said in a joint statement: "It is over forty years since James Bond got nominated for a Visual Effects Academy Award so it is a tribute to Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Mara Bryan and the thousand plus 'No Time To Die' special and visual effects crews who produced such beautiful work. We applaud the filmmakers for holding out and allowing our work to be showcased as was intended, on the big screen."
  159. The name of the French hand-made knitted woolen stuffed toy rabbit teddy doll that Mathilde (Lisa-Dorah Sonnet) had in the film was a "doudou" or ''dou dou''. This is a French word which translates into the English language as ''blankie''. It is manufactured by a French company entitled "Une Pelote de Laine". Reportedly, sales for the French toy went up after the movie came out.
  160. With ten cast members reprising their roles in this official James Bond series entry this picture becomes the most number ever for a James Bond movie in the official series. They are: Daniel Craig (James Bond), Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swan), Ralph Fiennes (M/Mallory), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny), Christoph Waltz (Ernst Stavro Blofeld), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Gediminas Adomaitis (Blofeld's Right Hand Man) and Brigitte Millar (Vogel).
  161. This movie marks the last time the *Her* Majesty's Government and Her Majesty's Secret Service references will be used in a James Bond movie following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022, and the accession of King Charles III. On the next film, James Bond will serve on *His* Majesty's Government and Secret Service.
  162. The picture was filmed on two continents, Europe and North America, and across six countries: Jamaica, Italy, Norway, Scotland, England and the Faroe Islands, the latter of which is an autonomous territory of the Kingdom of Denmark.
  163. Many details have been updated in the movie while waiting for its release, due to the four postponed dates because of the Covid pandemic. Details relating to the new technology brands showed in the film and which could be fashionable, popular, for the first foreseen release date - April 2020 - and not necessarily fashionable at the fourth release date, of late September/early October 2021 for most global territories, when the movie finally debuted.
  164. 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).
  165. Allegedly the only film in history to close 160 cinemas due to its delayed release caused by the COVID-19 world health pandemic.
  166. This is the only James Bond movie featuring the Ernst Stavro Blofeld character that doesn't also feature his white Persian cat. Blofeld's cat actually appears in a starring role without Blofeld in a 'No Time to Die' tie-in advert: In Royal Mail James Bond Stamps 'No Time to Die' Television Commercial (2020), aka the 'Royal Mail James Bond Stamps 'No Time to Die' Television Commercial', Blofeld's Cat has his first ever starring role in an official Bond video in a comic commercial promoting a series of James Bond stamps.
  167. First time that the criminal organization SPECTRE has appeared in back-to-back consecutive James Bond movies in the official series since 'Diamonds are Forever' (1971). 'No Time to Die' premieres in 2021 which is actually the 50th Anniversary year of 'Diamonds are Forever' (1971).
  168. No Time To Die marks the only Bond film in Craig's era to not start the end credits with the James Bond Theme. As the song "We Have All The Time In The World" was played instead during the beginning of the credits.
  169. The film's premiere in China and a countrywide publicity tour planned for April 2020 were canceled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
  170. 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.
  171. 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' (2021).
  172. First James Bond film in the official series to premiere and be selected to screen in competition at a film festival. The movie will co-debut in its traditional English format in London at the same time it will open the Zurich Film Festival. However, it will not be the first time a Bond movie will play at a film festival. There have been over the years various James Bond revivals and retrospective film festivals whilst 'GoldenEye' (1995), for example, was selected to screen in a spy movie strand at the Cambridge Film Festival in 2009.
  173. The James Bond Charity Benefit Royal Premiere for 'No Time To Die' set a new record for the most amount of money raised at such a James Bond premiere event with the total raised being over £1,000,000 (UK Sterling pounds).
  174. 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!".
  175. Cast and crew from 'No Time to Die' (2021) in attendance at at the film's Royal World Premiere on Tuesday 28th September 2021 at the Royal Albert Hall included cast members Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Rory Kinnear, Ana de Armas, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah. Crew members included director Cary Joji Fukunaga, composer Hans Zimmer, "No Time To Die" musicians and performers Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Principal cast members not in attendance included Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz. Former James Bond film series cast members in attendance included Judi Dench, Michelle Yeoh, Britt Ekland, and Maryam d'Abo.
  176. Third James Bond movie for actors Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), and Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny).
  177. 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' (2021) is the first non-Pierce Brosnan James Bond film to feature Cuba as a setting.
  178. Though the official announcement event and its associated twenty minute launch video (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 was partly filmed in Jamaica, the 'Goldeneye' site in Oracabessa in Jamaica itself was not used as a filming location for this film.
  179. The name of one of the CMA CGM vessels on the Jamaican Coast that features in 'No Time to Die' (2021) is the ''Fort Saint Georges''. The name of the spy ship fishing trawler in the earlier James Bond movie 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981) was the ''St. Georges''. 'No Time to Die' (2021) debuts in 2021 which is the 40th Anniversary year of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981). Ironically, the seaplane stunt in 'No Time to Die' (2021), which involves flying a seaplane through a series of port terminal STS cranes, evokes the opening action sequence in 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981) where a helicopter flies through an abandoned Beckton Gas Works warehouse building. The similarity of the two aerial action sequences is that the flying vehicle is ''flying though'' the interior of a structure in both films, an empty warehouse in 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981) and a series of H shaped cranes in 'No Time to Die' (2021).
  180. At the 2021 box-office, the movie had its best opening weekend for any Bond film ever in twenty-four countries including Japan, Hong Kong and Germany. In the USA, the picture opened on more than 4,000 cinema screens, the most ever for any Bond film stateside, and raced to No.1 at the box office in its opening week in the states. In the UK, the film had a greater three-day opening weekend than either 'Spectre' (2015) or 'Skyfall' (2012), and it became the highest-grossing film of 2021 in the UK as well as the highest since the pandemic began - and this occurred after just four days in British cinemas.
  181. Second film featuring Daniel Craig where Louis Armstrong's song 'We Have All The Time In The World' is heard. In Craig's earlier movie, 'The Jacket' (2005), it is sung by Iggy Pop. That movie was first released in 2005 which was the same year that Craig was cast as James Bond with it being publicly announced at the 'Casino Royale' press conference launch on 14th October 2005.
  182. The number of the paper labelling on the Delectado cigar at the Jamaican home of James Bond (Daniel Craig) says ''1952''. This is a reference to the year that Ian Fleming in January 1952 started writing 'Casino Royale'' (1953), his first James Bond novel, at his villa at Goldeneye, Oracabessa, Jamaica. ''1952'' is also the estimated year that Fleming's also Jamaica-set Bond novel ''Live and Let Die'' (1954) is estimated to have taken place by Bond historian Henry Chancellor.
  183. 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.
  184. 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.
  185. Ana de Armas's character is named Paloma which is the Spanish word for "Dove". The nick-name of Milos Columbo (Topol) in the earlier James Bond movie 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981) was ''The Dove''. The James Bond film 'No Time to Die' premieres in the year 2021 which is actually the 40th Anniversary of 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981).
  186. Possibly the final James Bond film to be produced by long-time series stalwart Michael G. Wilson. At the Royal World Premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, fellow producer Barbara Broccoli grabbed the microphone, and thanked her half-brother (now aged around 79) for his contribution to the James Bond film series.
  187. 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".
  188. According to the Official 007 website, the film's title song 'No Time To Die' is the most streamed Bond song ever with over one billion global streams. The song has gone platinum in US, UK, Australia and Canada. It also won Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe, Critics Choice and Society of Composers and Lyricists awards.
  189. The Royal Navy warship seen in the film is portrayed by the British Royal Navy vessel HMS Dragon. Previous Royal Navy ships to appear in Bond movies have included HMS Rothesday in 'Thunderball' (1965), HMS Tenby in 'You Only Live Twice' (1967), HMS Fearless in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977) and both HMS Winchester (interiors) and HMS Somerset (exteriors) in 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997) portraying three fictional ships - HMS Bedford, HMS Chester and HMS Devonshire. Ironically, in the other 'No' titled Bond movie, 'Dr. No' (1962), the title character's attack vehicle on Crab Key was named the ''Dragon''.
  190. The use of the 1968 French song ''Dans la Ville Endormie'' in the film sung by Dalida was first announced in October 2020 for a scene in the movie intended to be set in France. The song is reminiscent of and has been likened to that of James Bond song music of the 1960s such as that of 'Goldfinger' sung by Shirley Bassey. The music for the song was composed by William Sheller with lyrics written by Claude Lemesle. Dalida sadly passed away in 1987 which was the year the James Bond film 'The Living Daylights' (1987) debuted. Dalida once had dinner during the 1980s at the Palace of Versailles with former James Bond actors Roger Moore and Sean Connery.
  191. Even though the movie was shot on film and some sequences were captured using native IMAX cameras, the movie was not released on printed format and only digital screenings were announced. Even at 70mm projector equipped venues the movie was screened digitally. Only cinemas where IMAX laser projection is available had the IMAX sequences exhibited in 1.43:1 aspect ratio, all other IMAX screens showed the picture in 1.90:1 aspect ratio. Most other cinemas screened the movie in traditional 2.40:1 aspect ratio only.
  192. 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.
  193. 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.
  194. Paul Haggis did an uncredited rewrite of the screenplay.
  195. Producer Michael G. Wilson confirmed during the theatrical release of Spectre (2015) that Daniel Craig was not contracted for five films and at the time of the interview Craig was 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)."
  196. An alternative title for the 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. A number of Bond series alumni also worked on that film. This included screenwriter Richard Maibaum, actor-stuntman Bob Simmons, actor-voice artist Robert Rietty, and 'Thunderball' actress Luciana Paluzzi.
  197. 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.
  198. This is the only 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.
  199. 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).
  200. 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 2019.
  201. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga (from the USA) is the fifth non-British person to direct a Bond film, after Martin Campbell (New Zealand), Roger Spottiswoode (Canada), Lee Tamahori (New Zealand) and Marc Forster (Swiss-German).
  202. The song ''All the Time in the World'' by Louis Armstrong from 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' ('OHMSS') (1969) is featured in the film. Lyrics were originally intended for John Barry's main 'OHMSS' (1969) theme, but were later rejected in favor of Louis Armstrong's memorable rendition of "We Have All The Time In The World". This love theme, composed by John Barry with lyrics by Hal David, was the last song recorded by Louis Armstrong. A re-mix of the song "We Have All The Time In The World" was a number three hit in the U.K. twenty-five years after the movie was originally released. The song has also been covered by Iggy Pop, and it can be heard on the David Arnold Bond song compilation album, "Shaken and Stirred: the David Arnold James Bond Project". This album also featured a cover of 'OHMSS' (1969) main title theme performed by Propellerheads.
  203. Debut theatrical feature film of actresses Coline Defaud and Lisa-Dorah Sonnet who play the young Madeleine and the young Mathilde respectively.
  204. 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.
  205. First James Bond film to feature Cuba as a setting since 'Die Another Day' (2002). However, the picture did not film in Cuba, with Jamaica and Pinewood studios doubling for the island nation. 'No Time to Die' features the first 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.
  206. 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).
  207. Members of the British Royal Family in attendance at the film's Royal World Premiere on Tuesday 28th September 2021 at the Royal Albert Hall included their Royal Highnesses, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles) and their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate).
  208. The North American release date in the USA was pushed back from 14th February 2020 to 8th April 2020. In the end, the movie opened stateside on 8th October 2021.
  209. 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 21 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.
  210. 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 007th one rolled out off the factory line. They are variants based on the Defender 110X 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.
  211. The film allegedly had 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. Reportedly, one of the working titles for Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) was "Shatterhand" making 'No Time to Die' (2021) the second Bond movie to have a working title of ''Shatterhand''.
  212. The literal English translations of some of the movie's foreign language titles include ''007: No Time to Die'' (Chinese Mandarin, Japan and Portugal); ''007: A time to be born, and a time to die'' (Chinese Cantonese); ''No Reason To Die'' (Czech Republic); ''No Time To Exist'' (Turkey); ''Not the Time to Die'' (Vietnam); ''Dying Can Wait'' / ''To Die Can Wait'' (France, Canada (French) and French Territories); ''It's Not Time to Die'' (Poland); ''007: Life and Death Battle'' (Taiwan); ''There is No Time to Die'' (Serbia); ''007: Death Must Wait'' (Estonia); ''There's No Time For Death'' / ''There is No Time for Death'' (Croatia); ''Death Is Ahead'' / ''Death Will Wait'' (Lithuania); and ''Death Can Wait'' (Estonia and Bulgaria). Previously, about twenty years earlier, the phrase ''Death Can Wait'' had also been a literal English translation in Italy and Finland for their foreign language titles for the Bond movie 'Die Another Day' (2002).
  213. Cast members Léa Seydoux and Christoph Waltz have both appeared in four movies. The pair first appeared together in the first scene of Inglourious Basterds (2009) and later both appear again in the two Bond movies Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2021). In the same year as the latter, the two are also seen in The French Dispatch (2021).
  214. 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 coincidentally bears the same initials as "James Bond". The timing of the announcement has been considered to be an asset for the promotion of Logan Lucky (2017).
  215. 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' was Danny Boyle. After he left the production over creative differences, he made the the Beatles-related film Yesterday (2019).
  216. 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).
  217. In 2018, Polish Tomasz Kot was reported in the media as the actor who then director Danny Boyle wanted to cast as the villain. Around this time, Kot issued a formal press statement about this publicity through his Polish agency representation L-Gwiazdy. It read: ''In response to the media publications concerning the tension between Danny Boyle and Daniel Craig, allegedly caused by their differences in the artistic vision of the film and the possibility of Tomasz Kot being part of the new James Bond film we'd like to state the we don't have any knowledge about what was the cause of these differences. It is true that Tomasz Kot was asked by the director to prepare a couple of scenes where he showcased the latest Bond villains and he did that with great pleasure. All casting issues are managed by the producers and the director. We did not get any official statement from either of them, so we can't offer a statement based solely on media publications."
  218. The movie's folding-wing two-seat submersible glider in the movie has a name - "Stealthy Bird". The name was revealed during mid-October 2021 press announcements for the new ''Bond in Motion - 'No Time To Die' Exhibition'' at the UK's National Motor Museum in Beaulieu. It is seen in the film when Bond (Daniel Craig) and Nomi (Lashana Lynch) fly to Safin's lair. Like ''Little Nellie'' (the mini auto-gyro) and ''Wet Nellie'' (the underwater car) before it, in 'You Only Live Twice' (1967) and 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977) respectively, it continues a tradition in the series where novelty vehicles have nick-names.
  219. The French song heard in the movie is ''Dans la Ville Endormie'' (1968) sung by Dalida. The song's title has a few English language translations. They are: ''The Sleeping City'', ''My Year Is A Day'' and and ''In the Sleeping City''.
  220. The Royal World Premiere Charity Benefit is held in aid of charities supporting serving and former members of the three intelligence agencies: GCHQ, the Security Service and the Secret Intelligence Service. The event also assisted charities supporting past and present members of the United Kingdom Special Forces.
  221. When the film was originally going to first release in 2020, a time when cast member Ana de Armas and ''Batman'' actor Ben Affleck were dating, it was reported in the media that Armas had been told that she could not take Affleck to the World Premiere, as this could act as a distraction to the proceedings, effectively banning the American movie star from the big event. The film's long-time series producer, Michael G. Wilson, is the son of Lewis Wilson, who was the first actor to play the ''Batman'' character on screen with the Columbia Pictures wartime serial ''Batman'' (1943). However, in the end, the two ended up separating before the gala launch on 28th September 2021 at London's Royal Albert Hall.
  222. Daniel Craig and George Lazenby are the only James Bond actors to drive an Aston Martin in each and every Bond movie they appeared in, though in Lazenby's case, he only appeared in the one Bond movie - 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969).
  223. 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).
  224. In 2019, it was reported in the media that a title for this movie, 'A Reason to Die', was allegedly pulled by senior figures in the production for not being Bond enough, the night before it was to be announced.
  225. 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).
  226. First time in the official James Bond film series that the silver-birch gun-metal grey Aston Martin DB5 spy car has been seen in three consecutive Bond movies. The famous gadget car appeared at the very end of the previous Bond movie 'Spectre' (2015) as well as in that film's precursor during the third act of 'Skyfall' (2012). During the Pierce Brosnan era, the car appeared back-to-back in both GoldenEye (1995) and then in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) just as it had gone back-to-back during the Sean Connery era appearing in Goldfinger (1964) and then in Thunderball (1965). The Aston Martin DB5 possibly appeared three consecutive times during the Brosnan era. The DB5 did originally appear in Brosnan's third Bond movie 'The World is Not Enough' (1999) and was seen arriving at the funeral of Sir Robert King (David Calder). But these shots were cut out but the DB5 can still be seen in the movie's DVD deleted scenes. Some believe a thermal satellite image of the Aston Martin DB5 can be seen right at the end of the film outside the home of Christmas Jones (Denise Richards).
  227. One of two 2021 feature film releases from EON Productions starring actress Lashana Lynch. The other title is the low-budget independent film 'Ear for Eye' (2021) which debuted in mid-October 2021 this being only about a couple of weeks after 'No Time to Die' premiered. About at least a dozen cast and crew personnel worked on both pictures including producer Barbara Broccoli.
  228. 20th cameo performance in an official James Bond movie of long-time series producer and former co-screenwriter Michael G. Wilson (MGW). Wilson appears as a Military Officer at the SPECTRE party in Cuba when James Bond (Daniel Craig) walks through the meeting. 'No Time to Die' (2021) is the 17th Bond movie to feature a MGW cameo which first started with 'Goldfinger' (1964) and then has continued regularly in the series in every Bond movie since 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977). Though MGW has made cameo appearances in the last sixteen consecutive Bond movies, MGW now tallies up twenty cameo performances because in two Bond movies, 'Moonraker' (1979) and 'Octopussy' (1983), MGW made more than one cameo appearance. MGW's cameo appearance in 'No Time to Die' in 2021 marks the 44th anniversary year of his regular cameo since 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977) and the 57th anniversary year of his first Bond cameo in 'Goldfinger' (1964).
  229. The movie in 2022 received three Academy Award nominations. These were in the categories of Best Sound, Best Original Song and Best Visual Effects. It is the equal second highest number of Oscar nominations achieved by a Bond movie after 'Skyfall' (2015) which scored five Oscar nominations. In 1978, 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977) also garnered three Oscar noms - in the categories of Best Original Song, Best Art and Set Direction and Best Original Music Score. Coming in third with one Oscar nomination is a multiple-tie for seven 007 movies: 'Goldfinger' (1964), 'Thunderball' (1965), 'Diamonds are Forever' (1971), 'Live and Let Die' (1973), 'Moonraker' (1979), 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981) and 'SPECTRE' (2015).
  230. With development of this movie reported as starting in 2016, the film was originally estimated to be released in either late 2017 or late 2018. In 2017 it was announced as debuting late 2019 before moving to 2020. Due to Covid-19, it was ultimately released in October 2021.
  231. First James Bond movie to be distributed by the Universal Pictures studio (in non-USA territories). Universal also have the global rights to distribute the film on physical home media like DVD and Blu-Ray.
  232. This movie shares its name with Columbo: No Time to Die (1992). Peter Falk, in between sessions of Columbo, starred in the somewhat James Bondish spoof The In-Laws (1979).
  233. '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' (2021).
  234. 'No Time to Die' (2020) features Norway as a filming location. The film's director Cary Joji Fukunaga previously directed Maniac (2018) which was based on a Norwegian television series of the same name. 007 personnel worked on both productions. They are: Cary Joji Fukunaga, actor Billy Magnussen, consultant producer Nick Cuse, first assistant director Jon Mallard, ADR mixer/recordist Michael Miller and visual effects creators, digital compositor Zahid Jiwa and digital matte painter Rahul Venugopal.
  235. In North America, when the movie was released on 8th October 2021, its main rival at the box-office was the sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021), which was playing in its second week, after having recorded a pandemic box-office record in its first frame, and attracting many young movie-goers, something which is believed to have eaten into this movie's opening at the stateside box-office. Ironically, the 'Venom 2' sequel co-stars James Bond's Naomie Harris whilst that movie's star, Tom Hardy, was in late 2020 heavily rumored to be the next James Bond, reportedly to a point that UK bookies stopped taking bets. Moreover, Harris commented in the media on 29th September 2021 that she thinks Hardy should be the next James Bond, saying, "He would make a great Bond."
  236. Cary Joji Fukunaga hired Linus Sandgren on recommendation by Emma Stone while working on the Netflix limited series Maniac (2018) (Sandgren photographed La La Land (2016)). After attending an early screening of First Man (2018) that Sandgren was completing work on, Fukunaga agreed with her recommendation.
  237. There are many parodies for this Bond movie's title already in existence. Some of these are even from 2020 when the film had not debuted and there was a long wait time for some filmmakers to create a video send-up of the title. Some news media articles also vary the title in a play on words in headlines. The title spoof videos include: GQ Magazine's 'No Time to Lie' sketch starring cast member Lashana Lynch ; the Australian '60 Minutes' segment 'No Time to Waste' ; the animated comedy feature '00K9: No Time to Shed' ; the short videos 'No Time to Dine' , 'No Time to Limo' , 'No Time to Diet' and 'No Time to Vibe' ; the short Swiss spy spoof 'No Time for Corona' ; Spitting Image's puppetry segment 'This is No Time to Die' ; and a number of numerous 'Lego No Time to Die' online videos.
  238. With Our Kind of Traitor (2016), Miss Moneypenny actress Naomie Harris became the fourth major actor in the James Bond film series to star in movies relating to both John le Carré and Ian Fleming. Pierce Brosnan and Sir Sean Connery are actors who have both previously portrayed James Bond on screen and starred in le Carré adaptions, respectively The Tailor of Panama (2001) and The Russia House (1990). The Carré adaptation The Constant Gardener (2005) starred Ralph Fiennes alongside Rachel Weisz, who is Daniel Craig's wife.
  239. Third James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig as James Bond with a motor-bike chase sequence. The first was in Quantum of Solace (2008) and the second was in 'Skyfall (2012).
  240. 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' (2021). 'Casino Royale' (2006) was Daniel Craig's first Bond movie whilst 'No Time to Die' (2021) has been confirmed to be Craig's final as James Bond.
  241. Actors Rami Malek and Ralph Fiennes, previously collaborated on 'Dolittle' (2020) prior to working on this Bond movie. In fact, in total, about two hundred personnel, both cast and crew, actually worked on both pictures.
  242. Fourth James Bond film in the official series to have its World Premiere held at the Royal Albert Hall. The previous ones were [in order]: 'Die Another Day' (2002), 'Skyfall' (2012), and 'Spectre' (2015). The event was, and still is, made available free to global worldwide viewing audiences via Facebook.
  243. The main space in Safin's Lair where Safin (Rami Malek) delivers his major monologue (as seen in publicity clips) was nick-named by the production ''The Meeting Room''.
  244. In the car chase scene set in Norway but filmed in Scotland, James Bond drives a J90-series Toyota Land Cruiser. This is the first time a Toyota automobile has been featured as a major vehicle in a Bond movie since 'You Only Live Twice' (1967) which featured a bespoke Toyota 2000 GT convertible and an S 40-series Toyota Crown sedan.
  245. 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.
  246. Third consecutive James Bond movie to win an Oscar for Best Original Song, after 'Skyfall' and 'Spectre'. Earlier Bond movies to be nominated for the Best Original Song Oscar include 'Live and Let Die' (1973), 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977) and 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981) - and all three lost.
  247. In the opening sequence/credits, when James Bond is in the circle aiming at the camera, it is not Daniel Craig.
  248. The movie in the USA went to premium streaming / VOD (video on demand) on 9th November 2021 which was earlier than expected. This was only one month after the movie's theatrical debut stateside on 8th October 2021. The film was available in North America on the platforms DirecTV and Amazon Prime Cinema. This streaming premiere date was actually about only a couple of days before the picture's theatrical cinema debut in Australia - the movie's last major release territory - on 11th November 2021. The Mi6 James Bond fansite reports that ''with the 31 day 'only in theaters' distribution window closing, the title can now move on to VOD.''
  249. The movie's opening titles sequence features nearly fifty separate 2D assets and computer generated images with all this comprising a grand total of 5373 frames used for the opening titles. This content took over two and a half million hours of CPU (central processing unit) rendering time. At visual effects production house Framestore, a team of about forty artists worked solely on the opening title sequence, and around 170 people there worked on the film's visual effects, with Framestore in the end providing almost four hundred CGI VFX shots in total for the movie.
  250. Fourth James Bond movie to receive an Academy Award (Oscar) nomination in a sound category after 'Goldfinger (1964) won for Best Sound Effects, 'Diamonds are Forever (1971) was nominated for Best Sound in 1972 and 'Skyfall' (2012) received in 2013 sound noms for both Sound Mixing and Sound Editing and winning in a tie for the latter. As such, the Oscar nomination for Best Sound for 'No Time to Die' (2021) is the series' fifth Oscar nomination in a sound category. The film's Best Sound nominees - Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey and Mark Taylor - said in a joint statement: "We are honored that the Academy has nominated 'No Time To Die' for Best Sound. Thank you to Cary [Joji Fukunaga], Michael [G. Wilson] and Barbara [Broccoli] for giving us such an amazing opportunity, on what is a truly magnificent Bond film. Thanks also to the hugely talented sound team that collaborated with us."
  251. The names of deceased relatives of Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) from 'Casino Royale' (1967), and buried with her in her grave, according to her tombstone in the film, are ''Emilia Saviani 1950-1980'' and ''Elena Saviani ved. Lynd 1958-1988''.
  252. Tenth appearance in the official James Bond film franchise to feature the Felix Leiter character who is played in the movie for the third time in the series by actor Jeffrey Wright who previously had played Leiter in both 'Casino Royale' (2006) and 'Quantum of Solace' (2008). The first appearance of the Leiter character in the official movie series was in 'Dr. No' (1962). It's the 11th appearance of Leiter in any James Bond feature film when one counts the unofficial 'Never Say Never Again' (1983) and it's the twelfth appearance of Leiter when one includes the unofficial one hour tele-movie episode of 'Casino Royale' (1954) where the character was instead called Clarence Leiter and was played by actor Michael Pate.
  253. In early released footage and trailers, James Bond (Daniel Craig) is seen walking around his property in Jamaica with a spear/harpoon gun but in the finished film he is armed with a revolver/handgun instead. Similarly, in the shot where Bond says, ''Letting go is hard'', it was previously in trailers and early footage with different dialogue, which was: ''The past isn't dead''.
  254. Four James Bond movies have featured leading Bond Girls with a doctor qualification. In 'Spectre' and 'No Time to Die', Léa Seydoux's character is Dr. Madeleine Swann, a Doctor of Psychology. Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards), a doctor of nuclear physics, and Dr. Molly Warmflash (Serena Scott Thomas), a doctor who is a physician to MI6 agents, both appeared in The World Is Not Enough (1999). The first leading Bond Girl who was a doctor was Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles), a CIA agent and an astronaut space scientist doctor of astrophysics in Moonraker (1979). In the James Bond video games, 007: Agent Under Fire (2001) featured Dr. Natalya Damescu (Beatie Edney, voice), James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003) featured Dr. Katya Nadanova (Heidi Klum), and 007 Legends (2012) also features the above-mentioned Dr. Holly Goodhead (Jane Perry), while The World Is Not Enough (2000) also featured Dr. Christmas Jones (Sumalee Montano) as well as archive footage of Denise Richards from the movie version.
  255. David Dencik said that when he met the director and producers in London, he had been asked to prepare a scene from an earlier Bond film, and to do it in a Cuban accent, despite being considered for the Russian character Obruchev. Apparently the filmmakers approved as they confirmed the same day that they wanted to cast him.
  256. The dark Cumberland gray-black 1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Mark IV car seen in the film was previously James Bond's signature vehicle in The Living Daylights (1987). The number 25 is particularly associated with both of these Bond movies. 'No Time to Die' is the 25th Bond movie in the official film franchise whilst 'The Living Daylights' debuted in the 25th Anniversary year of the series.
  257. RAF Globemaster C17 callsign ZZ177 The RAF C17 seen in the film is also the same C17 that carried the UK's Queen Elizabeth II coffin on her journey from Scotland to London for her state funeral in September 2022
  258. The use of the Dalida sung French song ''Dans la ville endormie'' (1968) in the film is not the first time an old French ballad has been used in a Daniel Craig James Bond movie. About a decade earlier, in 'Skyfall' (2012), a World War II-era French song was heard playing on Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem)'s Island lair. It was "Boum!" (1938) which had won the Grand Prix du Disque and was sung by French singer and songwriter Charles Trenet.
  259. The make and model of the sailing boat that James Bond (Daniel Craig) sails in Jamaica is a Spirit 46 sailing yacht. Previously, he had sailed a Spirit 54 yacht in Venice in 'Casino Royale' (2006). The Spirit 46 is a day sailing yacht which has flush decks and long overhangs and is capable of up to 18 knots sailing speed. These Spirit Yachts are custom designed and inspired by elegant classic sailing yachts from the 1930s. They are built to order in the UK by a team of world class craftspeople at a waterside workshop in Ipswich, Suffolk.
  260. Sixth theatrical feature film collaboration of actors Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig. Apart from their three Bond movies - 'Skyfall' (2012), 'Spectre' (2015) and 'No Time to Die' (2021) - the pair prior to the series had both previously starred in 'The Trench' (1999), 'Layer Cake' (2004) and 'Enduring Love' (2004).
  261. Cast members David Dencik and Daniel Craig both previously worked together on 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' (2011) about a decade earlier with the movie premiering exactly ten years before 'No Time to Die' (2021).
  262. Actor Billy Magnussen, who plays the CIA agent Logan Ash, actually has some history with the spy film genre. He previously portrayed Doug Forrester in Steven Spielberg's Oscar winning cold war thriller 'Bridge of Spies' (2015) as well as Porty McCabe in the Sundance debuting espionage drama 'The East' (2013) which had the tagline of ''Spy on Us. We'll Spy on You''.
  263. First Daniel Craig James Bond movie to be released by United Artists instead of the Sony Corporation. The banner and branding of this MGM distribution company is called United Artists Releasing.
  264. Filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga is the first director of Asian heritage to direct a James Bond film. 'No Time to Die' features a Noh mask and ceremonial costume which are of Asian (Japanese) heritage. Bond movies to film in Asia include 'You Only Live Twice' (1967), 'The Man with the Golden Gun' (1974), 'Octopussy' (1983), 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997) and 'Skyfall' (2012).
  265. Three of this Bond movie's cast members - Léa Seydoux, Jeffrey Wright and Christoph Waltz - all appear in the Wes Anderson film The French Dispatch (2021). Both films had gala premieres at the 2021 Zurich Film Festival. 'The French Dispatch' (2021) also co-stars two other Bond alumni, Mathieu Amalric and Benicio Del Toro, who co-starred in the earlier Bond movies 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) and 'Licence to Kill' (1989) respectively.
  266. The first James Bond film to be released theatrically in the United States in the month of October since 'Never Say Never Again' in 1983. This is a period of approximately thirty-eight years.
  267. A casting sheet for the film was made public during the early period of the picture's development when Danny Boyle was attached as the movie's director. It described the film's villain antagonist as a "cold and charismatic Russian" with the leading Bond lady role as a "witty and skillful survivor". There were male Maori henchmen characters in supporting roles in the film with actors to play them requiring "advanced combat skills".
  268. The use of the French song ''Dans la ville endormie'' (1968) sung by Dalida was first announced in October 2020 for a scene in the movie intended to be set in France. According to French newspaper 'Le Figaro', Orlando, producer and brother of Dalida, ''in great secrecy . . . cleared the James Bond producers to use the song 'The Sleeping City'-'' in late 2019. In the 17th November 2020 edition, Orlando said: ''When the phone rang a year ago, I was really surprised. It really pleased me that the James Bond team looked at Dalida's repertoire. I admit to feeling a touch of pride. Dalida would have loved it too. She really enjoyed watching 007 movies especially the early ones. In the 80s, in the company of Michel Drucker, with whom she was very good friends, she went to dinner at the Palace of Versailles at the same table as Sean Connery and Roger Moore. There are beautiful photos of this evening.'' Of the place in 'No Time to Die' (2021) that the song is heard, Orlando said: ''In a scene where James Bond is in France. The production obviously did not send me a preview of the images of the film but a synopsis of the scene. The song is broadcast on the radio and in a nightclub.''
  269. 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.
  270. A number of the film's principal cast were born in the year that a Bond movie first released. Rami Malek was born in 1981 when 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981) debuted; Ralph Fiennes was born in 1962 - the year of the first James Bond film 'Dr. No' (1962); Lashana Lynch was born in 1987 - the year 'The Living Daylights' (1987) launched; Jeffrey Wright was born in 1965 - the year 'Thunderball' (1965) exploded; David Dencik was born in the first release year of 'The Man with the Golden Gun (1974); and both Billy Magnussen and Léa Seydoux were born in 1985 when 'A View to a Kill' (1985) premiered with that Bond movie being partially set in and filmed in France where Seydoux is from. Moreover, the film's director Cary Joji Fukunaga was born on 10th July 1977 which was just three days after the World Premiere of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977) on 07/07/77.
  271. 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' (2021), 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' (2021) started filming.
  272. The names of the two sea vessels from the shipping company CMA CGM that feature in the movie are CMA CGM Fort Saint Georges (2,260 TEUs1) and CMA CGM Fort De France (3,504 TEUs) [TEU = Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit].
  273. The movie received a production support grant from the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) for filming in Norway. This amounted to 47 million NOK (US$ 5.5 million). Stine Helgeland, NFI Executive Director of Promotion & International Relations, stated that the grant had been "the largest in the incentive scheme's history." Previously, the Tom Cruise spy movie Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) had recently shot in Norway and utilized the same incentive scheme.
  274. David Dencik, who plays the scientist Valdo Obruchev, has some history with the spy film genre having previously played Toby Esterhase in John le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). He also appears as Colonel Stork in the mini-series remake of Len Deighton's The Ipcress File (2022).
  275. First James Bond movie where the home and house of a Q character is shown and represented.
  276. Though her name is not listed among the actors in the titles sequence, Lisa-Dorah Sonnet has quite a featured role in this film.
  277. 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).
  278. TV Tropes have awarded a 'joke 'Fake Nationality'' credit to two of the movie's cast. The Russian scientist character Valdo Obruchev is portrayed by Danish-Swedish actor David Dencik whilst the Italian henchman character of Primo aka Cyclops is portrayed by the Algerian-French actor Dali Benssalah. Moreover, Madeleine Swann is a character of at least partial Scandinavian descent (her childhood home is in Norway) and is portrayed by French actress Léa Seydoux.
  279. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga is the first film director in the series to direct a James Bond film in the IMAX format.
  280. 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).
  281. When James Bond (Daniel Craig) makes his first appearance in 'No Time To Die', he and Madeleine (Léa Seydoux) are in Matera, a rocky, hilltop city perched atop Southern Italy. According to series producer Michael G. Wilson, the narrative was always going to pick up with the Bond and Madeleine relationship. "The question was when," he said. Fellow producer Barbara Broccoli explained: "There was the debate on how we continue telling the love story and explore the themes that have become so pivotal across the Daniel Craig movies." Craig added: "With 'No Time To Die' there was a strong story to finish off, lots of loose ends to tie up," said Craig. "I think we have managed to tell that story and get everything rounded up."
  282. Official IMAX publicity for the film declared that the movie's IMAX version was presented in the ''IMAX 4K laser digital'' format. It also said that it was ''the first [James] Bond film to shoot key sequences on IMAX film cameras'' adding that there were ''over thirty minutes of full-screen IMAX sequences'' in the picture. It noted that ''select sequences were captured on IMAX 1570 film cameras'' and that during screenings ''sequences will expand to fill full-screen height (1.43:1 aspect ratio).''
  283. To shoot the Matera sequence, the filmmakers used two classic Aston Martin DB5 cars, which both had an identical finish. For the majority of the close-up shots with Bond and Madeleine entering and exiting the car, the production used the EON Productions owned vehicle that featured in 'GoldenEye' (1995), 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997), 'Skyfall' (2012) and 'Spectre' (2015). All the stunt work, meanwhile, was shot with eight bespoke Aston Martin DB5 stunt replicas built specifically for the production by the engineers at Aston Martin. Two of the eight vehicles were built as gadget cars to house the smoke screen, the mine dispenser and the machine guns. Of the remaining six, two more were fitted with pods that allow the stunt drivers to control the car while sitting on the roof. This ensured that the actors could be filmed inside the car when it drives at high speed.
  284. The appearance of the gun-metal grey Aston Martin DB5 during the closing scene of 'Spectre' (2015) allowed a smooth transition into 'No Time To Die' (2021) with the story picking up right at the very start of the movie with Bond (Daniel Craig) and Madeleine (Léa Seydoux) driving along the Italian coast in the same Aston Martin DB5. The car then goes on to enjoy potentially one of its most memorable performance yet as the centerpiece in a road chase through the narrow labyrinthine streets of Matera in Southern Italy.
  285. This is the first time that 'Daniel Craig's James Bond character is seen working alongside another Double-O agent which is Nomi (Lashana Lynch). Craig's Agent 007 though has been seen before operating alongside other Mi6 agents such as Eve and Ronson in 'Skyfall' (2016). In 'GoldenEye' (1995), Pierce Brosnan's James Bond was seen on a mission at the start of the film operating alongside Agent 006 Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean).
  286. For the movie, the film-makers opted for five-time Grammy winner Billie Eilish. "I was given a Billie Eilish song that she and her brother, Finneas O'Connell, had done. It was just a demo and yet I said, 'I don't want to hear anything else. This is it'," said the film's music composer Hans Zimmer. "They didn't know the story then but their song felt like a story to me. It feels relevant and like a young person with an amazingly old heart." Music collaborator, Johnny Marr, the legendary guitarist and co-writer for 'The Smiths', agreed. He said: "It's very modern, obviously, and it's a matter of less is more because there's so much intensity in the song. It is quite radical in a way because it's so fragile and the strength of it is in the minimalist aspect." Zimmer added: "It traveled across time for me. I said, 'Get them on a plane. Get them over here'." Eilish and O'Connell came over. "I never thought we would ever get to do a Bond song, honestly," said Eilish. "We always wanted to. We always talked about it. And we told everybody on the team, 'If there's ever an opportunity to do anything with Bond, please...'. And to be a part of the final Bond movie from Daniel, it's just crazy."
  287. The latest Aston Martin DBS Superleggera sports car, the Mi6 issued vehicle that Nomi (Lashana Lynch) drives in the movie, is a 700 bhp 8-speed V12 car. The vehicle is an update on the car used in both 'Casino Royale' (2006) and 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) and was the perfect choice for the movie according to the filmmakers. Associate Producer Gregg Wilson said: "We felt Nomi should drive something sleek and cool and the DBS Superleggera was ideal," he said.
  288. The license plate numbers of the Aston Martin DB5 in all the Daniel Craig James Bond movies are as follows: In 'No Time to Die' (2021) it is ''A 4269 00'' whereas in 'Casino Royale' (2006) it had been ''56526'' whilst in 'Skyfall' (2012) and 'Spectre' (2015) it was ''BMT 216A'' - the same as it had been in both Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) . The Aston Martin DB5 did not appear in 'Quantum of Solace' (2008). In the two Pierce Brosnan Bond films, GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) , the license plate number of the Aston Martin was ''BMT 214A''.
  289. Eighth appearance in the official James Bond film franchise of the classic silver-birch gun-metal grey Aston Martin DB5 spy car. The movie marks yet another return of the vehicle, which first appeared in Goldfinger (1964) and last appeared right at the end of 'Spectre' (2015), after having also returned in the third act of Skyfall (2012), as well as also having appeared briefly in 'Casino Royale' (2006). The Aston Martin DB5 has also appeared in Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). The car also features in the James Bond video games 007: Agent Under Fire (2001) , 007 Racing (2000) , James Bond 007: Blood Stone (2010) and James Bond 007: From Russia with Love (2005).
  290. The Bond movie partnership of Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson has now tied for the number of Bond movies produced as a partnership with series founding producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli. The original Harry and Cubby producer partnership produced nine Bond movies starting with 'Dr. No' (1962) and finishing with 'The Man with the Golden Gun' (1974). The new producer partnership of Wilson and Broccoli has also produced nine Bond movies, starting with 'GoldenEye' (1995) and continuing with 'No Time to Die' (2021), made across about a 26 year period, which is about twice the amount of time to produce the same number of Bond movies as Saltzman and Cubby.
  291. First James Bond film to show, albeit very briefly, a cricket match. This occurs early in the movie during the Jamaica scenes. A sequence was filmed in black-and-white for 'Casino Royale' (2006) where the bomber Mollaka is seen at a cricket match in Lahore, Pakistan with Bond chasing him. The sequence appears as a deleted scene on the DVD/Blu-Ray for 'Casino Royale' (2006).
  292. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga's introduction to the James Bond film stories came when he went to watch Roger Moore's swansong 'A View To A Kill' (1985) at his local cinema. He recalled: "I remember loving the finale on the Golden Gate Bridge. It seemed like Bond had crossed over into my world. It was just a cool film with Roger Moore kicking ass." As Fukunaga's career developed as a writer, producer and director, those memories remained and he said that he always hoped to direct a Bond movie one day.
  293. In some early publicity for the film, actress Léa Seydoux said that her character Madeleine Swann and James Bond (Daniel Craig) were happily married at the start of the movie but this appears not to be the case in the finished film. At the start of 'No Time to Die' (2021), after the bridge attack, a concierge at the Italian hotel says to Bond, referring to Madeleine, as ''your wife''. Previously, Bond was married in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969) and participated in a pretend nuptials in 'You Only Live Twice' (1967). Early speculation of the plot of 'No Time to Die' (2021) speculated that Bond and Madeleine, following on from the end of 'Spectre' (2015), would be married at the start of 'No Time to Die' (2021) and then she would be killed by Blofeld as with the ending of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969). Bond would then go after Blofeld in a revenge mission of the kind in 'Licence to Kill' (1989), 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) and the start of and early drafts of 'Diamonds are Forever' (1971).
  294. This British film in 2022 was nominated for 6 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards including Most Outstanding British Film, Best Sound, Best Cinematography and Best Special Visual Effects. In the end, the picture won 2 BAFTAS - for Best Editing and Best Rising Star for actress Lashana Lynch
  295. The film was released on October 8, 2021, some three weeks before the first anniversary of the passing of the first cinematic James Bond, Sean Connery.
  296. Easter Egg: When Daniel Craig is talking to M Ralph Fiennes (00:42:52) in a, to put it nicely, an agitated state, he slips into a vocal impersonation of Sean Connery's Scottish accent.
  297. Daniel Craig is the third Englishman to play James Bond, after David Niven and Sir Roger Moore. The other actors were Barry Nelson (American), Sir Sean Connery (Scottish), George Lazenby (Australian), Timothy Dalton (Welsh), and Pierce Brosnan (Irish).
  298. Though Nomi (Lashana Lynch) and Bond (Daniel Craig) leave about the same time to travel from Jamaica to Santiago, via sea-plane and sailing yacht respectively, with the light plane seen flying over the sail boat during the journeys, both are seen arriving in Cuba at the same time, despite the fact that traveling via plane is far quicker than traveling by boat.
  299. The make and model of the train featured during the opening sequence at the railway station at Sapri in Italy was a ''Frecciarossa 1000''.
  300. With this movie, the final James Bond film out of five for Daniel Craig, it can now be confirmed that he leaves the series with his version of Agent 007: (1) Never seen skiing on skis in a ski chase sequence (neither did Sean Connery though he did visit mountains with skis on his car in Goldfinger (1964)) and Timothy Dalton only with the skis attached to the bottom of his gadget car) though Craig in 'Spectre' (2015) did engage in a chase through snowy terrain but not on skis ; (2) Never having a tryst or romantic liaison with a blonde (the only one to do so in the official series with George Lazenby only briefly liaising with a blonde with Blofeld's 12 Angels of Death); and (3) Never seen wearing the Navy uniform of his character's naval Commander background (neither did George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton but Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan all donned the naval garb each in one film). In regards to having a tryst or romantic liaison with a black woman, Craig's flirtations with Nomi and intimacies with Eve Moneypenny would count with Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton being the only ones not to have had on this count and again Lazenby only via brief liaisons with Blofeld's 12 Angels of Death. In regards to having a tryst or romantic liaison with an Asian woman, Craig did in 'Skyfall' (2012) with Sévérine whilst Moore and Dalton are the only ones not to have had on this count and again Lazenby only via brief liaisons with Blofeld's 12 Angels of Death.
  301. To tell this story, the film-makers turned to visionary filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, Sin Nombre, True Detective), who stepped in after the production parted ways with director Danny Boyle. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli had long admired Fukunaga's work as both a writer and a director and first met the filmmaker in New York shortly after the release of 'Spectre' (2015). "When we met, Cary said he would love to do a Bond film at some point," explained Broccoli. "So when Danny Boyle exited the project, we were looking for a new director and he reached out. It was amazing that he was available. His enthusiasm for the project and also his ability as a writer really came into it. It all worked out miraculously."
  302. Of director Cary Joji Fukunaga, producer Michael G. Wilson explained: "I think that all Cary's films are incredible and he is able to work in any kind of genre and he is also a wonderful writer. He is great with characters and with actors and he brings a level of complexity to everything he does. He is a very international person. He speaks several languages, is very well traveled and is also a kind of maverick. He is young and enthusiastic and he is visually extraordinary. Cary is also able to make very complicated things understandable and that fit so well with what we wanted from this story."
  303. Over 1.7 million feet of film were shot and printed, with 40 percent of it were in large format (IMAX and 5-perf 65mm). The IMAX sequences (at an aspect ratio of 1:43 on IMAX GT laser venues and 1:90 on IMAX digital venues) appear at the first 28 minutes (prologue, opening titles, lab raid); two more these sections are at 32:24 to 34:36 and from 52:03 to 58:09; finally the end credits. The rest of the film have an 2:40 aspect ratio but some of the action sequences were shot on 70mm vertical stock as the IMAX cameras were too noisy to capture dialogue spoken by characters in between.
  304. Themes exploring secrets, betrayal and trust had stitched together the last four Bond movie and they propel the narrative towards its thrilling conclusion in 'No Time To Die'. After the heartbreak he suffered with the loss of Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in 'Casino Royale' (2006), his fluctuating relationship with M and MI6, and the pain inflicted by the revelations imparted by Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), Bond has taken another risk, letting down his guard with Madeleine (Léa Seydoux) as he bids to try and love again. "If Bond is going to commit to a relationship, this throws up so many emotional challenges for him," said producer Barbara Broccoli. "So trust is the biggest theme in this movie; making an emotional commitment with someone is very difficult because of his history with attachments, and then betrayal being a big part of the break-up of those attachments." Though he is committing to his relationship with Madeleine, 'No Time To Die' begins with Bond having severed his longest-lasting relationship, his employment with MI6. Associate producer Gregg Wilson notes that Bond's retirement opened the movie's filmmakers to a new reality. "Bond being retired was a new place for us," he said, "thinking what this man would be like if he didn't have his day job. When you have devoted your life to the service, like Bond, what is the legacy that you leave behind?".
  305. First James Bond film in the official film franchise that the James Bond character is, or has been working for, the American spy organisation the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). In the earlier unofficial ''Climax!'' American tele-movie episode of 'Casino Royale' (1954), Bond worked as a spy for the Combined Intelligence Agency which was a fictional and similarly worded version of the Central Intelligence Agency, with both bodies having the same CIA initials. Moreover, interestingly, 'No Time to Die' (2021) is the first film in the official series to be directed by an American director (Cary Joji Fukunaga).
  306. Both the leading Bond Girl and the movie's main villain are doctors. Safin is addressed as a doctor by one of his henchmen whilst Léa Seydoux's character is Dr. Madeleine Swann, a Doctor of Psychology.
  307. Early set photos of the villain Safin (Rami Malek) standing in the snow wearing a half-broken away Noh mask, which evoked 'The Phantom of the Opera' musical, led him and his character getting nick-named ''The Phantom of the Tundra''.
  308. The film movie debuted in 2021 as did the World War II adventure-spy-drama Operation Mincemeat (2021), which featured James Bond creator Ian Fleming as a character.
  309. No Time to Die was an alternate title for Tank Force (1958), a movie co-produced by James Bond series producer Albert R. Broccoli, aka "Cubby", and directed by early Bond director Terence Young. Its cast included future Bond costars Robert Rietty, Bob Simmons, and Luciana Paluzzi. "Cubby's" 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.
  310. First James Bond movie where a leading Bond villain is shown to be in jail or prison. This is Ernst Stavro Blofeld who was captured at the end of Spectre (2015). At the end of the The Living Daylights (1987), Yurgi Koskov was also captured but was not seen in prison. James Bond has seen to be captured and in jail or prison in GoldenEye (1995), 'The Living Daylights, and Die Another Day (2002). In The World Is Not Enough (1999), M was captured and imprisoned, a story element featured in the Kingsley Amis Bond novel 'Colonel Sun'.
  311. First James Bond film where both the leading Bond Girl and the movie's main villain are both doctors. Dr. Lyutsifer Safin is addressed as a doctor by one of his henchmen whilst Léa Seydoux's character is Dr. Madeleine Swann, a Doctor of Psychology, the role being reprised from the previous Bond movie Spectre (2015) The poison garden in 'No Time to Die' is derived from Blofeld's Garden of Death in Ian Fleming's James Bond novel "You Only Live Twice" (1964), but left out of the film adaptation You Only Live Twice (1967). In this Bond book, the alias name of the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld was "Dr. Guntram Shatterhand" (but the Bond Girls in both versions of You Only Live Twice were not doctors).
  312. A few of the movie's key creatives later collaborated on a 2022 Broadway production of William Shakespeare's ''Macbeth''. The film's alumni working on the production include actor Daniel Craig as the title character, with the production produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and with costumes designed by Suttirat Larlarb, creator of the costumes for 'No Time To Die' (2021). The play is staged at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway in New York City and runs from April to 10th July 2022.
  313. Third James Bond film in the official series where a Bond villain is seen wearing a mask. Safin wears a Noh mask at the start of 'No Time to Die'. Both James Bond and Gustav Graves wore fencing masks in the fencing duel in Die Another Day (2002) whilst in the same film both Graves and Zao were seen behind DNA replacement therapy dream machine masks. In 'The Man with the Golden Gun' (1974), henchman Nick Nack wore an Asian acrylic face mask. In the opening sequence of 'Spectre' (2015), Bond was seen wearing a 'Day of the Dead' skeletal costume and skull mask along with Bond Girl Estrella who wore a decorative mask and parade costume. In 'Live and Let Die' (1973), Solitaire is seen wearing a bird mask as part of a ceremonial costume. At the start of 'From Russia with Love' (1963), it appears that James Bond has been killed, but it is revealed that it is another person when the corpse is unmasked.
  314. Blofeld's situation mirrors The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) in which an incarcerated crime lord continues to run his operation from within his cell while babbling incoherently to throw off his captors.
  315. M is twice shown fiddling with binder clips, also known as 'bulldog' clips, perhaps a nod to the association between the character and the British icon.
  316. Michael G. Wilson: Uncredited, the long-time series producer, who has made a cameo in every Bond movie since 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977), as a Military Officer at the SPECTRE party in Cuba, when James Bond (Daniel Craig) walks through the meeting.
  317. Hugh Dennis: The British comedian as the scientist Dr. Hardy.
  318. During the pre-credits car chase, Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) says to James Bond (Daniel Craig), "I have something to tell you". This suggests that Madeleine wants to tell James that she is pregnant, but she doesn't get a chance. When Bond puts Madeleine on the train, she touches her stomach as the door closes.
  319. The quote M (Ralph Fiennes) recites at the end of the movie is taken from American novelist Jack London. It states: "The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time". This is actually an abridged version of a longer quotation which reads: ''I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.'' This same quote appears alongside James Bond's obituary (a postscript) in the 'You Only Live Twice' (1964) novel. Moreover, of this quotation, according to the 2nd December 1916 edition of 'The Bulletin' (San Francisco, California), ''this is generally known as London's Credo. He is known to have said these words, just two months before his death, to a group of friends with whom he was discussing life and living.''
  320. Reportedly, Daniel Craig cut back on doing any dangerous stunt work in this film due to his age and his injury on Spectre (2015). Craig 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." When 007 threatens to shoot Bond she specifically refers to shooting his "other knee."
  321. As of 2021, Daniel Craig is in fact the only actor whose movies as James Bond span the entire career of Mr. Bond as Agent 007, right from the promotion to a 00 agent (an agent with a license to kill) in the opening movie Casino Royale (2006) to the death of his character in No Time to Die (2021).
  322. Possibly the final James Bond film where Ben Whishaw plays Q. Ben Whishaw has publicly stated that he is done with playing Q, pointing out that he was only contracted for three pictures. Doing press for 'No Time to Die', when asked about playing Q again, he mentioned the possibility of wiping the slate clean, meaning the regular supporting characters could be re-cast along with a new James Bond actor.
  323. There are several references to earlier James Bond movies. The opening credits start with the same colored dots as 'Dr. No' (1962); the movie ends with Louis Armstrong's song 'We Have All the Time in the World' as in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969); the opening scene of the movie follows a quote from Madeleine in 'Spectre' (2015) when she says a man came to her house when she was a child; at M's office there are pictures of his predecessors: Bernard Lee, Robert Brown, and Dame Judi Dench; Safin's lair references Ken Adam's work in the Sean Connery Bond movies, especially 'Dr. No' (1962) (location island lair, Safin's room) and 'You Only Live Twice' (1967) (the cave where the serum is produced).
  324. Although James Bond dies in this film, this film follows the long tradition of Bond films by including the post credits line "James Bond will return." No Time to Die is the first Eon-produced film in which Bond actually dies since the Bond series started in 1962. Craig first proposed killing Bond in 2006, after the premiere of Casino Royale; Broccoli agreed to the suggestion. Craig said, "It's the only way I could see for myself to end it all and to make it like that was my tenure, someone else could come and take over ... When he [Craig's Bond] goes, he can't come back." Wilson said it was "the fitting way to deal with a situation where a person is risking their life all the time. Eventually, the odds catch up with you." The production team considered several ways for Bond to die, including being shot by an anonymous shooter. However, Fukunaga said that a "conventional weapons death" felt inappropriate considering that Bond had been able to "escape from everything else." Craig said the team tried to create a sense of tragedy and weight by using Safin's bioweapon, which killed "the only thing that Bond wants in life ... to be with the people he loves."
  325. Set photos have shown that there is a portrait painting of the former M character played by Judi Dench in the offices of Mi6. Also a set photo of Robert Brown's M character (1983 - 1989) appears too. 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).
  326. In 'SPECTRE' (2015) Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) mentions how a man came to her house once when she was a girl. She also mentioned how her father kept a gun under the sink next to the bleach. The man turns out to be Safin (Rami Malek) as seen in this film. In this film she uses both the bleach and the gun.
  327. (For 'Spectre') Writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga revealed to 'Interview Magazine' that he initially toyed with the idea of having a major twist halfway though the movie. It stated that the events of the last act of 'Spectre' (2015) and of the first part of this film were actually only happening in James Bond's mind as he was still connected to Blofeld's torture machine in 'Spectre' (2015), having only imagined his escape and the following events. The idea never went beyond an initial consideration though.
  328. Bond throws his MI6 visitor's badge in the trash can by Moneypenny's desk from across the room when leaving M's office as a reference to the classic Connery Era when Bond would walk into Moneypenny's office and throw his hat onto the hat rack.
  329. There are a number of story elements in the film which are shared with the earlier Bond movie 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (OHMSS) (1969). They are: Bond tells Swann "We have all the time in the world" like Bond told Tracy; music theme excerpts from OHMSS are played throughout; the villain's scheme in both involves biological warfare; the ending is down-beat compared to most Bond movies, a key character dies at the end as Bond prepares to start a new family life; and Louis Armstrong's ''All the time in the World'' theme song is heard during the closing credits.
  330. The Latin inscription on Vesper Lynd's tomb is a traditional warning from the grave. It reads: "As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so shall you be." It also provides a clue to later developments in the film.
  331. During the scene between Safin (Rami Malek) with Mathilde (Lisa-Dorah Sonnet) and James Bond (Daniel Craig), a sharp eyed viewer will notice Craig slightly mouth or mimic two lines of dialogue spoken by Malek. This was apparently left in the scene, and is indicative of an actor engrossed by the drama of that take. One may never know why this wasn't edited out, besides perhaps the heightened emotional state of the scene.
  332. First gun-barrel walk sequence in the official James Bond film series where there is no falling colour red (representing the blood of a target hit by the agent James Bond) in it. It has been suggested that this is because the character of James Bond is retired. Instead, there is a reverse zoom into the whiteness of the snow set opening sequence of Norway. As the James Bond character dies at the end, the opening gun-barrel sequence fading to white could represent the later death in the film of James Bond.
  333. (For Casino Royale) James Bond movies generally avoid referencing specific dates, but when Bond visits Vesper Lynd's tomb in Italy, her birth and death years of 1983 and 2006 respectively are shown. Casino Royale (2006), the film in which Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) dies, was first released in 2006, but 'No Time to Die' (2021) is the first time her character's age of about 22 or 23 at the time of her demise is revealed. Left without explanation is how Vesper Lynd, someone that young, obtained a senior-level position at MI6, tasked with protecting $100 million from falling into the hands of a terrorist.
  334. Safin's lair and its bay on his poison island is predominantly a CGI composition as was the case with Blofeld's circular cul-de-sac meteorite crater desert base lair in 'Spectre' (2015). Safin's lair in real life is located at Trøllanes on Kalsoy Island in the Faroe Islands, which is an autonomous territory of Denmark situated between Norway and Iceland. The Guide to the Faroe Islands website states: ''Kalsoy island is heavily animated [in 'No Time to Die' (2021)] as the only industry in the village Trøllanes is farming and there is no harbour.''
  335. This is the first James Bond movie where James Bond, Felix Leiter, and Ernst Stavro Blofeld are all killed. This was done to wipe the slate clean for a future series reboot.
  336. Of the film's controversial ending, where James Bond is killed, Rodrigo Perez interviewed Hollywood script doctor Scott Z. Burns for 'The Playlist', and finally published the held-over second part of the interview just two days after the movie world premiered. It states: ''A source close told me about the ending years ago, and the basic concept of the conclusion was not due to director Cary Joji Fukunaga, [scriptwriter] Phoebe Waller-Bridge, or Burns and, in fact, was written by [screenwriters] Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, approved by the Broccolis, and in fact, may have gone as far back as the days when Danny Boyle was on the film. The particular details of the ending may have changed, but the basic concept was drafted long before anyone was recruited to help rewrite it. So there you have it, in case you think the newbies somehow 'changed Bond'."
  337. First James Bond film where the James Bond character is a father
  338. This is only the second Daniel Craig Bond movie where his Bond character kills the movie's arch villain. In 'Casino Royale' (2006), Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) was killed by his own people whilst Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) in 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) was left in the desert. Craig's Bond didn't kill a lead villain until his third Bond movie 'Skyfall' (2012) when he disposed of Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem). In Craig's fourth Bond film, 'Spectre' (2015), the arch villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) was not killed by Bond but sent to prison. However, in 'No Time to Die', Bond kills both Safin (Rami Malek) and Blofeld (Waltz), albeit the latter accidentally.
  339. During the opening titles there are a number of references to earlier James Bond opening title sequences. These include 'Dr. No' (1962) (colored dots motif); 'Goldfinger' (1964) (Aston Martin DB5); 'Thunderball' (1965) (scuba diver swimming); 'Casino Royale' (2006) (card hearts being shot); 'GoldenEye' (1995) (guns and statues); 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) (woman rising out of sand); 'You Only Live Twice' (1967) (red sun rising); and 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (OHMSS) (1969) (hour-glass and Britannia symbolism). OHMSS (1969), which 'No Time to Die' (2021) extensively references, also had an opening titles sequence which referenced earlier Bond movies. And the bells tolling in the opening action sequence are a nod to the same in "Die Another Day" (2002), which had lots of prior Bond film Easter eggs throughout.
  340. The movie's opening sequence in Italy appears to take place shortly after the end of Spectre (2015). The film's action jumps five years ahead following the opening credits. Had the film been released as planned, this movie would've come out five years after its Spectre (2015) predecessor.
  341. The movie makes various references to the song "We have all the time in the world", which was originally written by John Barry (music) and Hal David (lyrics) for the classic James Bond movie 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969). The references in this movie are both lyrically and musically. At the beginning of the closing credits, the original recording by Louis Armstrong is played.
  342. When James Bond (Daniel Craig) visits Vesper Lynd's grave in Italy, ''Vesper's Theme'' from 'Casino Royale' (2006) is played.
  343. The movie features some content and story elements from James Bond creator Ian Fleming's eleventh James Bond novel 'You Only Live Twice (1964). These are threefold: (1) Safin (Rami Malek)'s poison garden is derived from Dr. Shatterhand (Blofeld)'s Garden of Death ; (2) Verbatim dialogue from the book is used between James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) e.g. when Bond is choking Blofeld, he says, "Die, Blofeld, Die!" ; and (3) The quotation that M (Ralph Fiennes) reads at the end of the film.
  344. Second time in the official James Bond film series where a Blofeld character is killed. The first was in 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981) where it was unofficial for legal reasons and the character was billed as ''Man in wheelchair''. As the Bond filmmakers now own the rights to Blofeld and SPECTRE, the official 007 site now reports the jokey scene of Blofeld's end in 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981) as ''For Your Eyes Only Blofeld Drop''.
  345. The 15-minute countdown that Q announces before the missiles were launched by HMS Dragon at the Poison Garden in the climax is indeed fifteen minutes in real time.
  346. When James Bond (Daniel Craig) says to Logan Ash (Billy Magnussen), ''Who's the Blond?'', this is an in-joke and reference to the controversy around Craig's original 2005 casting in the role and being labelled a blond James Bond, which got hyped in the UK media as ''James Blond'' (as well, Craig was also labelled ''James Bland'').
  347. Primo (Safin's main henchman) is never mentioned by name throughout the whole film except at the end credits.
  348. Unusually for a Bond film - all of which since GoldenEye (1995) have featured paid product placement for either BMWs or various British vehicles (Aston Martin plus Land Rover and Jaguar) - Bond and Madeleine drive a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado while evading Safin's assassins in Norway. The assassins all drive Land Rover vehicles, however, including Range Rovers and the all-new Defender 110 that was originally slated to make its debut in the movie (which was filmed before any photos of the vehicle had been released publicly).
  349. More of the song "We Have All the Time in the World" sung by Louis Armstrong was played in 'No Time to Die' (2021) as the end titles roll than in the Bond movie it was first written for, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' ('OHMSS') (1969). In this earlier film, it was excerpted during a romance montage between James Bond and Tracey di Vicenzo. About 52 years separate the two pictures, though when 'No Time to Die' (2019) was shot, it was the 50th Anniversary of 'OHMSS'. 82-year old George Lazenby, who played James Bond just the once in 'OHMSS', commented on Twitter after seeing 'No Time to Die' (2021), and said: "Interesting choices of music I must say."
  350. The film's finale explosions were created to look like bunker-buster bombs launched in missiles fired from a Royal Navy warship. The process behind these big bangs has been explained by the movie's Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould. He has said: "We had to do three explosions in the one shot which represented three underground caverns all blowing up, each explosion approaching towards the camera. The first explosion was 230 metres from the camera, the second was 130 metres from camera, and the last was only 30 metres from camera. Each one of them had 40 kg of high explosive and probably 30-40 gallons of fuel. So while it was only three explosions, they were big, big explosions. I think it works really well. There was a second between each one of the explosions as the bunker-buster bombs targeted each of the caverns. There is a record for the most high explosive in one shot. We had 135.4 kg in ours, so I'm hoping that that goes through. It'd be nice to get a record on every Bond film!".
  351. The original cut ran exactly three hours long but without any scenes left out in the cutting floor with some parts merely shortened for pacing purposes. However, in order to prevent leaks, Cary Joji Fukunaga shot three versions of the ending, but he has constantly maintained that Bond's death at the end has always been intended right from the beginning by the producers and Daniel Craig himself.
  352. First James Bond movie ever where the Felix Leiter character dies or is killed. In the earlier James Bond movie, 'Licence to Kill' (1989), Della Churchill (Priscilla Barnes) married Felix Leiter (David Hedison), then soon after, Della Leiter was murdered by Sanchez (Robert Davi).
  353. The sinking trawler sequence was created by special effects supervisor Chris Corbould. A rig for the vessel was built and filmed in the exterior tank on the paddock lot of the Pinewood Studios backlot. This a large exterior tank used for live action and model units. Previously, Corbould created the sinking elevator for the sinking house in Daniel Craig's first Bond movie 'Casino Royale' (2006) which also shot in the same exterior tank stage. For 'No Time to Die' (2021), the ship rig in the tank was rotated at a ninety degrees angle so its engines and staircases were visible at oblique angles. He said: ''Once we established that was how it was going to sink, we then started to create a rig that was going to do that. We then injected huge amounts of compressed air into it to give the appearance of it sinking. And the actors did a great job swimming through it trying to get out. It was exhausting for them. It's a long sequence and it's very, very dramatic as well, with a strong story point in there." Of the underwater rig, stunt co-ordinator Lee Morrison added: "Chris is an absolute genius, and the things he's built for Bond over the years are mind-blowing, but this particular rig was a standout.".
  354. The adult villain Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek) chases after a young Madeleine Swann (Coline Defaud) in the opening sequence. In actuality, Malek is only about four years older than French actress Léa Seydoux, who plays the adult Swann.
  355. The film features a number of story elements which had been considered for the previous James Bond movie 'Spectre' (2015). These include: The nanotechnology story-line, the use of the ''All the time in the World'' / "We have all the time in the world" phraseology and the fake eye and real eye face of the Primo/Cyclops (Dali Benssalah) character. Both the Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) and Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) characters in the Daniel Craig cycle of Bond movies, who return in this movie, first appeared in 'Spectre' (2015).
  356. Léa Seydoux admitted that she cried when she watched the film - which she found to be very odd considering that she was actually in it.
  357. According to Rami Malek, the tense Meeting Room confrontation between Bond and Safin in the original script was a far cry from the finished film, as it lacked the punch, threat and intensity but too much banter for his character. He didn't like it while first rehearsing with Daniel Craig that he brought it up with Craig and Cary Joji Fukunaga to over the problem. Fukunaga would eventually called off filming for two days to allow the three of them to revise and rehearse the scene that appears as it is in the finished product.
  358. Lashana Lynch's Nomi is the first character in the official series to have the ''007'' number designation making her both the first woman and first black person to do so. It had 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'."
  359. The movie features as a story element ''nanobots'' which publicity synopses for the picture describe as ''dangerous new technology''. Science Direct define nanobots as ''robots that carry out a very specific function and are ~50-100 nm wide. They can be used very effectively for drug delivery. Normally, drugs work through the entire body before they reach the disease-affected area. Using nanotechnology, the drug can be targeted to a precise location which would make the drug much more effective and reduce the chances of possible side effects.''
  360. 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' (2021) do not form the 007 symbol within this James Bond movie's title. It has been suggested that as James Bond is retired and Nomi has the 007 code-number that this may be the reason for not forming the ''007'' numbering within the movie's 'No Time to Die' title.
  361. In this film, Ben Whishaw's Q is revealed to be gay - much like the actor himself.
  362. Daniel Craig suggested the idea of killing James Bond.
  363. The meaning of the phrase ''L'homme Masqué'', which Madeleine (Léa Seydoux) writes on a piece of paper only for it to later be burned, translates into the English language as ''The Masked Man''. Like the actress' nationality, it is French.
  364. The seaplane aerial action stunt sequence involves an airborne seaplane zipping through a series of shipping terminal STS (ship to shore) cranes. This is a flying feat, according to the film's official publicity, which is the first time such type of aerial stunt has been performed. Shipping Company CMA CGM said more than one thousand containers were mobilized for to shoot this sequence in addition to a dozen crew who took part in the filming including a ship's master.
  365. The character of Safin can be interpreted as a new version of Dr. No. In the prologue he uses a Japanese Noh mask and during the third act a henchmen refers to him as "Doctor" hence Dr No(h).
  366. Madeleine Swann is the first Bond Girl to be a mother.
  367. A technical explanation of the movie's top secret 'Project Heracles' has been provided by Comic Book Resources (CBR). It reads: ''Code-named Heracles, the bio-weapon at the heart of Safin [Rami Malek]'s sinister plot in 'No Time to Die' was originally developed on M [Ralph Fiennes]'s orders as a way of eradicating collateral damage from MI6 assignments. Heracles is a swarm of nanobots, which can be programmed with target DNA, infecting and killing the chosen target on contact. Heracles can come into contact with anyone other than their designated target harmlessly but effectively turns them into a carrier, making their touch deadly to the target, or anyone sharing their DNA. The film shows the weapon's deadly effects spreading between family members on contact, but it's explained that it could be refined to target anyone from a specific individual to entire ethnicities.''
  368. Filmed in 2019 and originally set for release in 2020. Between those two years, three actors who had played Bond, Leiter, and Blofeld died in real life: David Hedison, Max von Sydow, and Sean Connery.
  369. Shortly after Bond destroys Safin's laboratory on his island lair, Bond looks down a long tunnel toward the camera and shoots a single shot, similar to the iconic gun-barrel opening sequence.
  370. According to Digital Spy, ''the working title for the movie was 'Shatterhand' which was a reference to Dr Guntram Shatterhand, who appears in Ian Fleming's 1964 Bond novel, 'You Only Live Twice'. Bond is sent to assassinate Shatterhand (who's really Blofeld) because he operates a 'Garden of Death' filled with poisonous plants, deadly snakes and more. Safin [Rami Malek]'s effort isn't as extravagant as that garden, but his interpretation is probably the closest Bond fans will get to seeing the 'Garden of Death' come to life after the movie version of 'You Only Live Twice' [1967] turned out to be very different to the book. His' 'poison garden' is probably why Safin has to wear gloves all the time and not because he's got prosthetic metal hands like Dr No, as the theories speculated.''
  371. A closing credits song is featured for the first time in the series since the late 1990s. A closing credits song was featured in all four Bond movies between 'The Living Daylights' (1987) and 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997), However, for the first time in the series, it is a former Bond song which is used as the closing credits song. This is ''All the Time in the World'' by Louis Armstrong from 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' ('OHMSS') (1969).
  372. Fourth James Bond film with a tragic ending with the death of a major character at the end. The model for this was the death of Bond's wife Tracy Bond (Diana Rigg) in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969). Since then, three of the Daniel Craig Bond movies have used this model: (1) Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in 'Casino Royale' (2006) ; (2) M (Judi Dench) in 'Skyfall' (2012) ; (3) James Bond (Daniel Craig) in 'No Time to Die' (2021). Craig is the first of these to be a male character. These tragedy-ending Daniel Craig James Bond movies have been his 1st, 3rd and 5th Bond movies - thereby there being one every other picture.
  373. The movie's biggest bangs were three explosions detonated at the same time and seen in the film at the end of the picture. They were specifically designed to imitate the kind of explosion that missiles from a Royal Navy warship would produce. These types of blasts are know as bunker-buster bombs. The explosions were detonated and filmed by the movie's second unit at Britain's Ministry of Defence's Military Training Area at Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. In the movie, the big bangs are seen at the end exploding on Safin's lair with the explosion footage being digitally composited onto the plates shot at the Faroe Islands which portrayed Safin's Island. Near the explosion site resides Hankley Common which was used for filming Bond's home estate and lodge in 'Skyfall' (2012). That earlier Bond movie's director Sam Mendes later used Salisbury Plain for battle scenes in '1917' (2019). For 'No Time to Die' (2021), 135.4 kg of explosives were set off for the three-in-one shot explosions with the production hoping to get the blasts into the Guinness Book of World Records. In the previous Bond movie 'Spectre' (2015), also directed by Sam Mendes, the massive explosion seen in the latter part of the film at the meteorite crater base was awarded a Guinness World Record as the largest movie stunt explosion of all time.
  374. The laboratory explosions in Russian scientist Valdo (David Dencik)'s laboratory are a series of blasts. To achieve this, the FX team linked butane canisters together and then set them off with controlled computerized detonators. Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould said: "[Director] Cary [Joji Fukunaga] was quite insistent that he wanted the space in between the explosions to be very short and to have a certain method to it. So we had to design the explosion very specifically."
  375. One of only six films in the EON-produced franchise where no Bond Girl is killed. The other are Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Octopussy (1983), The Living Daylights (1987) and Spectre (2015).
  376. First James Bond movie since 'The World is Not Enough' (1999) about twenty years ago where there are two leading arch-villains and both of them get killed. In 'The World is Not Enough' (1999), they were Elektra King (Sophie Marceau) and Renard aka Victor Zokas (aka The Anarchist) (Robert Carlyle). In 'No Time to Die' (2021), they are Safin (Rami Malek) and Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), the latter being the arch-villain from the previous Bond movie 'Spectre' (2015). All these four villains are concluded by Bond.
  377. In the movie, Q (Ben Whishaw) is seen inside the cargo plane and operating the launching of the Stealthy Bird jet glider. In the earlier James Bond film 'Skyfall' (2012), Eve (Naomie Harris) states that Q is not in Shanghai because he hates flying.
  378. During the opening title, there was a scene showing rose branches growing inside what seemed to be a woman's body. This could be another sign suggesting that Léa Seydoux's character Madeleine was pregnant.
  379. When Bond pulls Leiter aside to talk about Logan in Jamaica, Bond comments about Logan not being able to control his constant smiling even at the wrong time. This subtly foreshadows Logan's wrongdoing and his tendency of not being able to hide his mischief, which was evident when he double-crosses both men midway through the film. In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), which featured David Dencik (Valdo), that same body language of how Logan exhibits is exactly how Bill Haydon (Colin Firth) was caught at the end. In fact, one of the reasons Cary Joji Fukunaga cast Billy Magnussen is because of the combination of his funny mischievous demeanor and the history of playing several CIA roles in the past.
  380. The film has been labelled the Bond movie for the ''Me Too'' era. It has been said by a key cast member that it is the female characters which drive this movie's story. Producer Barbara Broccoli was asked about the 'Me Too' movement at the 'Bond 25' launch event where she said that James Bond's attitude towards women would move with the times and the films should reflect that. Co-screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge has said "the important thing is that the film treats the women properly". In the history of Bond movies, often at least one female character, nick-named a 'Bond Girl', would be a sacrificial lamb, and be killed off around the time of the end of the first act. This even happened in the first three Daniel Craig Bond movies (viz Solange, Strawberry Fields and Severine respectively). However, this has not been the case with the last two Daniel Craig Bond movies 'Spectre' (2015) and 'No Time to Die' (2021). Lashana Lynch, who plays Nomi, has said: ''[Director] Cary [Joji Fukunaga] had big discussions with Barbara [Broccoli] and Daniel [Craig] about how to give the female characters equity, how to keep them in charge of themselves, how to give them solo moments where the audience learns who they are." Director Cary Joji Fukunaga has said: "I think that's the expectation, a female writing very strong female roles, but that's something Barbara [Broccoli] wanted already," he said. "From my very first conversations with [Barbara Broccoli], that was a very strong drive. You can't change Bond overnight into a different person. But you can definitely change the world around him and the way he has to function in that world. It's a story about a white man as a spy in this world, but you have to be willing to lean in and do the work to make the female characters more than just contrivances." In the film, of the major characters, only the male characters get killed: Felix Leiter, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Lyutsifer Safin and James Bond. Surviving women in the film are Nomi, Paloma, Mathilde, Moneypenny and Madeleine. The only key female character who gets killed is Madeleine's mother in the back-story during the opening sequence.
  381. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) during the opening sequence in Matera receives a phone call text message with the evil octopus insignia from SPECTRE and the voice of Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) just as M (Judi Dench), also riding in a car, received a phone call text message with evil insignia and pop-ups from Silva (Javier Bardem) and QUANTUM in 'Skyfall' (2012).
  382. James Bond (Daniel Craig) is killed for the first time in the official series in this Bond movie. In the 1970's French spy spoof 'From Hong Kong with Love' (Bons baisers de Hong-Kong) (1975), which had a title referencing 'From Russia with Love' (1963), during the opening gun-barrel walk sequence, James Bond is shot dead and killed. It is then that Her Majesty's Secret Service must replace him. James Bond also dies at the end of the 1960s Bond spoof 'Casino Royale' (1967), but like 'No Time to Die' (2021), at the end.
  383. All EON-produced films in the James Bond series end with Bond holding a beautiful woman in his arms before the end credits roll. Except those starring Daniel Craig. Of his five Bond films, none have ended that way.
  384. The movie curiously shares three major story elements with the earlier James Bond parody movie 'Casino Royale' (1967). First, James Bond is retired at the beginning as was David Niven's James Bond. Second, James Bond has a daughter, with their names being slightly similar, they being Mata and Mathilde respectively. Third, in both movies, James Bond dies at the end.
  385. James Bond dies at the end of this movie, but its not the first time that Daniel Craig's iteration of the character has died. In Casino Royale (2006), when James Bond was poisoned, at one point, the heart monitoring machine indicates that his heart has stopped beating. Technically, he dies before he is resuscitated. As such, this was the first instance in an official Bond movie that the character died. He then lived for a second time, as per the haiku and Ian Fleming novel and movie You Only Live Twice (1967). As such, Craig's James Bond character has actually died twice in the official series. In the opening sequence of From Russia with Love (1963), James Bond appeared to have been killed, but his face revealed another agent under a mask, and in You Only Live Twice (1967), his death was faked during the beginning of the movie. The cited haiku (poem) in Ian Fleming's "You Only Live Twice" novel reads: "You only live twice. Once when you are born. And once when you look death in the face." In the Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967), James Bond (actually several James Bonds, the real one, and six namesakes) ultimately dies, and goes to heaven.
  386. The 'Heracles' name of the movie's top-secret 'Project Heracles' is derived from Greek Mythology. According to 'Time Out', ''in Greek Mythology, Nessus was a centaur killed by Heracles, using an arrow dipped in the venom of the Lernaean Hydra. But not before he tricked Heracles' wife Deianira into giving her hubbie a shirt stained with the poison, which subsequently killed Heracles. The whole two-edged-sword-thing is apt, considering the weapon's fate.''
  387. Writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga has compared Stephen King's ''It'' with the pre-titles sequence of 'No Time to Die' (2021). The pre-credits sequence features Safin in a Noh mask running around chasing a young Madeleine Swann. This sequence has been likened to the similar notion of an evil clown running around chasing children as with Stephen King's ''IT'' which Fukunaga had previously been working on. He was developing the ''It'' reboot at Warner Bros. when left the project over creative differences. He made the comparison by laughingly saying: ''Some clown chasing a child around the house. Yeah, it's like I brought back 'It' in the first five minutes of Bond.'' IndieWire commented: ''While Fukunaga never got to realize his 'It' movie, it seems he's brought a bit of that horror spirit to his Bond movie...'No Time to Die'.'' In the earlier James Bond movie 'Octopussy' (1983), Roger Moore as Agent 007 was at one point in the film dressed as a clown wearing full clown make-up.
  388. This is not actually the first James Bond movie for the James Bond character to die at the end because this is what happened in the unofficial James Bond spoof movie 'Casino Royale' (1967). The first James Bond movie of Daniel Craig, who plays James Bond and who dies in 'No Time to Die' (2021), was in fact the 'Casino Royale' (2006) straight remake.
  389. There is another name that Rami Malek's Safin character has at least been officially referred to during the production process. And that is the character name of . . . . . ''Segura''. In Matt Purslow's early interview with production designer Mark Tildesley published by IGN, he said: ''Our baddie, who is the person that comes to do damage at Madeleine's house in the sequence in Norway, is called Segura and he is played by Rami Malek." When the main cast and character name list was first revealed in 2019, the name of Rami Malek's villain was not publicised. Later, in one interview with Malek during the course of pre-publicity in early 2020, he stated: ''What's my final character name?'', all this suggesting that there was a protracted process deciding what his character name would be. Pre-release speculation that Malek was playing a new version of Dr. No was, two weeks before release, debunked by director Cary Joli Fukanaga.
  390. Vesper Lynd's actress Eva Green and Madeleine Swann's actress Léa Seydoux are both French. They portrayed Bond's first and last love respectively.
  391. Gadgets, weapons and equipment featured in the film include a silver-birch gun-metal grey Aston Martin DB5 gadget car equipped with GE M134 Minigun headlight machine-guns ; laser-beam glass-cutters ; an elevator shaft bomb which releases miniature red-glowing magnets triggering magnetic parachutes for gravity-defying jumpers ; biological weapon nanobot technology including the nanobot mist and the Project Heracles nanobotic bio-weapon ; a Riffe E-55 spear-gun ; a SMEG Union Jack toaster ; a SIG Sauer P226R pistol ; a Tivoli Model One Radio ; a Czech Small Arms (CSA) Sa vz. 58 compact assault rifle ; an Ultimaker-3 3D Printer ; a Mk 18 Mod 0 rifle ; a bionic eye and disembodied prosthetic eyeball ; a FN Browning Hi-Power pistol ; a Japanese Noh mask ; RGD-5 hand grenades ; Nokia smartphones ; a Walther PPK Browning sidearm ; Leica Q2 cameras ; surveillance earpieces; a Royal Doulton Bulldog Union Jack figurine ; Beretta guns: PMX , 92FS , M9A3 , ARX-160 A3 ; a spherical cat tower-kennel-lair with scratch pole leg ; bomb-resistant lair silo doors ; Heckler & Koch weaponry: HK416 rifles and MP7A1 & MP5K-PDW sub-machine-guns ; Omega wrist-watches and an electromagnetic pulse watch ; body injected tracking devices ; and the ''Stealthy Bird'' flying submarine plane - an amphibious folding glider that converts into a submarine.
  392. Mathilde is the first name of the daughter of James Bond and Madeleine Swann and the first name of the actress who plays Madeleine's mother (Mathilde Bourbin).
  393. Though James Bond dies at the end of this movie it is still possible for this to be retroactively refitted as per the case of 'The Mechanic' (2011) and 'Mechanic: Resurrection' (2016) movies. It is believed that Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is killed at the end of the first film but it is revealed via an editing trick that Bishop escaped the exploding vehicle just seconds before the blast. This survival ruse could also be applied to Bond who could also receive an anti-dote to the nanobots. In 'Skyfall' (2012), James Bond (Daniel Craig) at one point says he has been "enjoying death" adding that "everybody needs a hobby" with his being "resurrection". A ''Bond Lives'' scenario is potentially possible given what happens in the 'Mechanic' and its sequel. The 'Mechanic' sequel has a ''resurrection'' subtitle and completely Bondian nature utilizing many tropes from the series: 'Moonraker' Rio and 'The Man with the Golden Gun' Phuket locations; casting of former 'Tomorrow Never Dies' Bond Girl Michelle Yeoh; cable-car action sequence; Bond like villain's lair; stunt-work by Bond stunt supremo Vic Armstrong, submarine pen and aquatic escape pod.
  394. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented this film from becoming the first in the James Bond franchise to be released in a year ending in "0." As of 2022, there have been three James Bond films (including this one) released in a year ending in "1," two released in a year ending in "2," three in a year ending in "3" (four, if you count the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983)), two in a year ending in "4," one in years ending in "6," and "8," and four in years ending in "5," "7," and "9." The first two James Bond films with Daniel Craig as Bond, were the first two in the James Bond franchise to be released in years ending in "6," and "8" (Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008)). The next chance for a James Bond film to be released in a year ending in "0" will be 2030.
  395. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) classified the picture with a ''12A'' Certificate. Their rating notes for the movie state: ''There is infrequent strong language ('fuck'), as well as milder terms such as 'bloody', 'shit', 'screwing around', 'Jesus', 'Christ', 'God', 'damn' and 'hell'...There are a number of scenes of violence, including crunchy blows, an arm-break and shootings, but these lack any focus on detail. There is occasional sight of injuries resulting from violence, including cuts and grazes, as well as sight of blood on faces, hands and clothing. People who have been exposed to a weaponised biochemical substance choke and collapse, and their flesh becomes disfigured and bloody...There are a number of scenes in which characters are threatened or in danger, including in sustained chase sequences. A small child shows fear as she is held hostage and used as a bargaining tool by a villainous character. There are mild sex references and innuendo, as well as occasional discreet establishments of sex. A racist remark is made to a black character who meets it with a very firm and forceful challenge.''
  396. When Bond and Madeleine meet at Belmarsh Prison the scene evokes their first meeting at the Austrian Clinic in Spectre (2015) where the pair addressed each other via formal names such as ''Mr. Bond'' and ''Dr. Swann''. This is despite having become romantically attached in 'Spectre' and ending up with each other at the end of the movie. Such a connection in real life would probably realistically resulted in the pair still using first names.




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