The Bond Hype Machine is Cranking!  Here’s our Special October 1st, 2020 edition of Spy Movie News with lots of updates on No Time to Die including release strategies, The Official James Bond Podcast, Billie Eilish, Ana de Armas, and more! 


Wow – according to Express.UK.CO It looks like MGM and Universal are sticking to the November 2020 release date of No Time to Die.  They reference a September 23, 2020 Tweet by https://twitter.com/007 of a photo of Paloma and Bond at a bar, saying “Dressed to kill. Bond and Paloma from #NoTimeToDie, in cinemas this November.”   Now, we noted before that the new posters said November.   This Tweet definitely says THIS November.  

We mentioned that other movie releases, like Black Widow, have been delayed until next year.  

Express also reports that fans are replying to the Tweet with encouragement to either delay the release or stream it so that viewers can stay safe during this pandemic, which is far from over.  

Here are a couple of responses that SpyMovieNavigator noted:

  • “Which I will not be seeing in theaters, as it isn’t safe to be in a movie theatre until there’s a vaccine. Now if you released it for streaming rental, I’d definitely pay $30 to watch it at home (that’s like the cost of seeing it in IMAX twice!)”
  • “There is no way I’m entering a cinema this November. Health comes first. . . . So a big PASS from me. I look forward to streaming the film in due course.”

As we reported in our September 24th, 2020 Spy Movie News, in a recent survey, only about 22% of people around the world feel safe to go to a theater now to watch a movie.  

Many fans want the movie released this November, and there were plenty of responses who wanted the movie released in November 2020.  That’s just the way it is. But, the negative response to the https://twitter.com/007 recent Tweet is some indication of what some of the fan base thinks.  

The decision for the studios and Eon will be economic more than likely.   If they think they can make a threshold, baseline, minimum required take, they will go for it.   If the indication is that they won’t then they may delay.   But, a hybrid solution of releasing to the theaters AND releasing on video on demand simultaneously might not work.

Just reporting the news!  What do you think?  Check out this link at Express.co.uk for all the details.


Still at CinemaBlend.com, check out this article by Michael Reyes, to see why he thinks NO TIME TO DIE might want to stick with it’s November 2020 Release date.

In what is the most compelling reason advanced by CinemaBlend, MGM and Universal might want to release in November as planned because of their new 17-day contract with movie theaters like AMC.  We talked about this new deal between AMC and Universal in our August 11th Spy Movie News podcast and article.

New movies can be released in theaters and run for 17 days. Then they can be released on Paid Video on Demand.  That way, the studios and Eon can do both – not simultaneously, but sequentially.   So, if you choose NOT to go to the theater, then in a matter of weeks to a month after the release, you can be watching it in the comfort and safety of your own home.  

We think this is a pretty compelling reason why they will release in November.  

CinemaBlend also says that with all the other delays in releases to next year, No Time To Die might have very little competition in November. 

What we at SpyMovieNavigator.com have observed as of late is that Eon Productions and the studios are gearing up for a November 2020 release – with new official podcasts released September 30th, new posters, video, and more.  It looks like they are getting ready to go.


The Official James Bond Podcast launched on September 30,  with interviews with the actors of No Time to Die and more.  

What does this mean for the release of the movie in November?   Is this pre-release hype and marketing to get people really pumped to go see the movie in theaters this November?  Does it mean they are testing the waters to see reactions, or just putting something out to keep the interest level high?   Who knows.   But they did it.   We listened to the first one and it was good.

Here is the copy from their Apple podcast page:

No Time To Die: The Official James Bond Podcast is a new and exclusive podcast hosted by James King. The six-part series features exclusive interviews with Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Jeffrey Wright, Naomie Harris, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell and a host of key behind the scenes crew from casting director to special effects supervisor.

Each of the six episodes focusses on a different aspect of the franchise. Learn everything about Bond from music, gadgets, locations, stunts, costumes and cars.

Podcast listeners will be the first to hear exclusive score from Hans Zimmer and brand-new recordings from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from Bond 25 released by Decca Records.

No Time To Die: The Official James Bond Podcast is produced by Somethin’ Else in association with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, Universal Pictures International, United Artists Releasing and Eon Productions.

And here is the episode list, from an article at IGN.COM:

  • Episode 1: Bond in Context
  • Episode 2: Bond Around the World
  • Episode 3: A Name to Die For: Allies and Enemies of Bond
  • Episode 4: The Craft of Bond
  • Episode 5: Clothes, Tech, and Cars
  • Episode 6: Being 007

Also, see MovieWeb.com’s article on this podcast.   The reality is, releasing a new podcast each week for 6 weeks gets you to about a week before No Time to Die is scheduled for release in the UK.   This is no coincidence.


Couple the podcast with this week’s video release of the Billie Eilish No Time to Die title song.  This is a strong signal that November 2020 is it!

Check out Variety.com’s article for all the details and the video.

The video is a collage of shots of Billie Eish singing and clips from the movie.   It is well done with Billie Eilish coming out of the dark shadows into view – adding more mystery to the film.  Directed by Daniel Kleinman, it is first-rate. 


Reported by CinemaBlend.com, that Ana de Armas wanted to play a role that was not a stereotypical “Bond” woman role, but to add something that represents women well.  Having spoken to Cary Fukunaga about her role, she emphasized that she wanted her character to be empowered and realistic, and not stereotypical.  

Well, from the clips we have seen, she looks empowered – wielding two guns at once, flying through the air for kicks – yeah – she looks good!   Go Ana de Armas!

See CinemaBlend.com’s article by Dirk Libbey for more.


In Tom Butler’s article on Yahoo.com, he says that No Time to Die will tie together all of what Craig’s Bond has been through from Casino Royale to this final Craig appearance as Bond. 

From losing his love, Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, to maybe settling down with Dr. Madeleine Swann, Bond has gone through many emotions and attitude changes.   He’s tough, but maybe mellowing a bit now with a new love interest.  

Barbara Broccoli has said, “it is a pretty epic film, I have to say.”  Léa Seydoux said it is “more psychological and more emotional” than Spectre.  

OK –from our point of view at SpyMovieNavigator.com,  we certainly have not seen Bond in love very often in the Bond movies.  Sex, lust yes.  Love.  Um.  Not often.  Of course, Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale.  In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service to be sure – he married Tracy di Vincenzo.   Spectre ? We assumed that at the end of the movie, Bond was hanging it up and driving off into the sunset with his new love, Swann.  

In No Time To Die, there are plenty of rumors that he has been with Swann for the last 5 years, during which he has been retired.  And there are even rumors they have a daughter.   Nothing is substantiated yet, and all this is speculation, but there does seem to be a love story in here. 


That wraps up our Spy Movie News for October 1 2020 and our focus on No Time To Die and James Bond!  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@SpyNavigator), and Instagram too!  Subscribe right now to our Cracking the Code of Spy Movies show on your favorite podcast app! 

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