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The upcoming James Bond adventure No Time to Die is already set to be the longest movie so far in the franchise, as well as the final outing for Daniel Craig as the character, so, there is a lot of pressure on getting it right. One of the ways in which this is being achieved is by bringing in the writing talent of the smash-hit series Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge to contribute to the script. Though her addition was rather mysterious at the time, Waller-Bridge has now offered some clarity on what exactly her duties have been.'[I was asked to do] dialogue polishes and to offer things really. It's about just offering different alternatives. They did give me some scenes and then be like, can you write some alternatives for this or have another idea about where it could go in the middle or how it would end. And then I would just give them options and various scenes and then they would take what they want. But there was a lot people writing - the director [Cary Fukunaga] was a writer on it as well. And there'd been a few writers before.'
That certainly helps to clear things up. While it sounds like Phoebe Waller-Bridge was not involved in the early development of No Time to Die, she was in fact brought in to adjust the movie's dialogue and no doubt give it the kind quality that helped to make Fleabag such a success. Not only that, but she was also asked to provide new story ideas, which must have been very exciting for the writer. Phoebe Waller-Bridge's comments do help to peel back the curtain of the creative process for the newest Bond outing, and it certainly sounds like the movie's team wanted her perspective and voice in the story.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge was also asked about Daniel Craig's involvement and whether they had any interactions regarding the script.'You know, Daniel [Craig] is really, really involved from the beginning. [I had] so many great conversations with him about it, constantly in touch with him about it. So it's a big sort of melting pot of everybody's ideas the whole time.'
It has been reported before how involved Craig gets with the Bond movies, but it is good to have the confirmation that he was no different in his approach to his swansong, No Time to Die.
No Time to Die picks up five years after the capture of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, with James Bond having left active service. He is approached by Felix Leiter, his friend and a CIA officer, who enlists his help in the search for Valdo Obruchev, a missing scientist. When it becomes apparent that Obruchev was abducted, Bond must confront a danger the likes of which the world has never seen before.
The movie is being directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga from a screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, and Ralph Fiennes reprise their roles from previous movies, with Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, and Billy Magnussen joining the cast. No Time to Die will hit theaters on April 10, 2020. This comes to us from The Independent.
The Grammys and the Oscars are in the rear-view mirror, and South by Southwest is still a month away. That means the music industry gets to take a deep breath and contemplate the more important things in life. Like whether a song is any good.
This week in music:
BILLIE EILISH BOND SONG — The theme for the forthcoming James Bond film, No Time To Die, has been released by pop music's newest superstar and her producer brother. So far, it's spawned more debate than that meme over gold dress versus blue dress. Those used to the soaring anthems spawned by Shirley Bassey thru Adele may not find the whispered and moody styling here to their taste. Others feel it's yet another triumph for the first family of 2020 pop. Take a listen and make up your own mind.
JUSTIN BIEBER CARPOOL: It's wall-to-wall Justin Bieber, celebrating the release on Valentine's Day of his first album in five years. Bieber's Changes has already spawned one controversy. As part of his three-day appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, it was revealed that gasp Corden doesn't actually drive the car as he turns his head, sings and dances in the driver's seat. The vehicle is towed, much to his eternal disgrace.
UNIVERSAL GOES PUBLIC: Universal Music, the world's biggest record company, is planning to offer shares on the stock market. The news comes just one week after rival Warner Music Group announced similar plans. UMG is home to Taylor Swift and the Beatles, among others. Vivendi, the music group's French parent company, said it aimed to float by “early 2023 at the latest.”
GREG KOT BUYOUT: Yet another rock critic is gone from the major newspapers, as the Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot said that he is taking a buyout after 40 years, including the last 30 as music critic. Kot is 62 and plans to focus on a basketball business.
BEALE STREET LINEUP: The Lumineers, Three 6 Mafia, The Avett Brothers, Lil Wayne and The Smashing Pumpkins will be part of the performers scheduled to appear at this year's Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. The three-day festival is held every year during Memphis in May. The music festival will run May 1 through 3. Other acts scheduled to perform include Nelly, Weezer, DaBaby, Lindsey Buckingham, Patty Griffin, and the Deftones.
MUSICIANS AND AB 5: The largely freelance world of music professionals took a hit from California’s Assembly Bill 5, which mandated that gig workers – including may musicians, but also embracing freelance writers, ride-hailing drivers, coders and more – had to be listed as employees if they worked a certain amount for anyone. That led to problems, but now the bill’s sponsor is going back to the drawing board and revising the unexpected consequences to better suit the world’s workers.
LOCAL 47 BACKS BERNIE: Los Angeles' Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians has endorsed Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont for president in the 2020 primary election. “Today more than ever, unions and workers are under attack by exploitative forces that are eroding our middle class. Immediate action and activism is crucial,” said Local 47 president John Acosta. “Bernie Sanders is the best presidential candidate to defend musicians and all workers by protecting jobs and workers' rights.”
YOUTUBE HELPS MUSIC: YouTube paid out $3 billion to the music industry in 2019 from ads and subscriptions as it partners to grow revenue and promote new artists, said CEO Susan Wojcicki. In a blog post Friday celebrating the company’s 15th birthday, she laid out some achievements and aspirations. The number of YouTube creators earning five figures annually, for instance,...
We’re less than two months from the release of No Time to Die, the 25th movie in the long-running James Bond film franchise, and it looks like Daniel Craig‘s 007 is going out in style.
Today, a new featurette has arrived that’s narrated by co-writer/director Cary Joji Fukunaga, in which he showcases lots of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film and talks about his approach to this milestone moment in the Bond saga.No Time to Die Featurette
“For me as a writer and director, it was essential to rediscover Bond,” Fukunaga says, indicating that we’re going to see a different shade to the character as a “wounded animal, struggling with his role as a 00.” There’s always been tension between Bond’s rogue personality and the acceptable methods of getting the job done, but it seems like that tension is being amped up in this film. Five years into retirement, “the people close to Bond, the ones he considers to be family, are at great risk.”
That risk comes at the hands of “someone new out there, more dangerous than anyone he’s ever encountered.” He’s talking about Rami Malek‘s mysterious villain character, whose name is “Safin” but whom many fans speculate is actually playing a new version of Dr. No, the iconic Bond villain who set the template for an entire trope in the first EON-produced James Bond film, 1961’s Dr. No. Malek has been cagey about his character’s identity in interviews, and this featurette does nothing to quell fan suspicions: Fukunaga even says “whoever they are is smarter and stronger than Spectre.”
The most interesting element to me is Fukunaga talking about the emotional punch that’s waiting for audiences in this movie, because despite his assertion that every Bond film has that, the previous film was devoid of anything like that. Making it personal by putting Bond’s friends in jeopardy could be an exciting way to pay off some of those established relationships and bring Craig’s run to a satisfying conclusion.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
In No Time To Die, 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.
No Time to Die is written by longtime Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, as well as Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ana de Armas, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Billy Magnussen, and Ralph Fiennes. It hits theaters on April 10, 2020.
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