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25 Observations on the No Time To Die Trailer by Greg Bechtloff

By: Greg Bechtloff
Published:
2019-12-05
25 Observations on the No Time To Die Trailer
FSWL contributor Greg Bechtloff, one of our agents in Los Angeles, has noted 25 Observations after seeing the first trailer for No Time To Die (2020). Bechtloff calls it Manufacturing Awe.

Fellow Bond fans, the first No Time To Die trailer has debuted and we have all watched it multiple times!


Now that it has sunk in, it is time for some informed observations.

Like the number of Bond films from Eon Production, here's 25 thoughts on the trailer


1. James Bond is Finally Back! Enough said!

2. Ana de Armas looks like she can kick some serious ass.

3. Christoph Waltz is Hannibal Lecter! We always knew there was going to be some sort of scene of Blofeld in the big house that would echo The Silence of The Lambs. I remember a critic said at the time of Lambs’ release that Dr. Lecter was an Ian Fleming villain with a Dostoevsky soul. That sort of makes this Blofeld scene somehow bring everything full circle.

4. Where is that new United Artists label? Why the MGM Lion instead? We read so much about Annapurna during the making of this film.

5. M looks like he has packed on a few pounds since the last time we have seen him. Maybe he eats to deal with stress. He was at Rule’s in Spectre looking depressed if you recall.

6. Where are you Billy Magnussen? His nameless character is shrouded in mystery.

7. If James Bond and Madeleine Swann are married, then it must be an unhappy marriage because Bond seems really angry with her about something.

8. Felix Leiter looks like he has packed on a few pounds since the last time we have seen him. Maybe he eats to deal with stress.

9. Mark Tildesley’s sets look awesome! That tunnel that channels the gunbarrel is hot.

10. Lashana Lynch is going to be the breakout star of this film.

11. Screenwriters Neal Purvis & Robert Wade should repurpose that old Jinx movie script for a standalone Nomi film based on what we see in this trailer.

12. Lupita Nyong’o really blew it by turning down the role of Nomi. Good luck with some overrated Jordan Peele film that will be seen by a fraction of the people seeing No Time To Die.

13. The Aston Martin DB5 gets its obligatory Batmobile moment. NB: The Batmobile actually can trace its lineage to the original DB5. Goldfinger was so culturally massive that it clearly influenced a gadget car for the Dark Knight when the Adam West television series was created in the mid-1960’s.

14. Rami Malek looks extra creepy with that stuff on his face.

15. Are they burn marks?

16. And his robe like costume. Some sort of twisted monk?

17. Nomi’s taunt to Bond about shooting his knee is brilliant and captures some “meta” facts about this Bond film. You remember that the film was shut down when Daniel Craig injured himself don’t you?

18. Waltz seems to echo Hannibal Lecter. Rami seems to channel the Phantom of the Opera with that sinister face mask.

19. Bond getting hassled by the security guard reacting to his name is classic.

20. Bond’s new OMEGA watch looks cool. Piggybacking on the trailer, Omega revealed that the new watch is called the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 edition.

21. I suspect that when M asks where 007 is, he is not referring to James Bond.

22. Is that trailer music by Dan Romer?

23. Or some trailer composer? Its Bond music that we have not heard before.

24. That really looks like a V For Vendetta Mask that the person in the duffel coat is wearing. Though didn’t we kind of see the same sort of thing in Die Another Day when Zao snuck into the Ice Palace?

25. Did I say that James Bond was back? Time for a Vodka Martini!

For the latest official announcements on No Time To Die, visit the official website.

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