Here’s The Final Trailer for No Time To Die!


In a little over a month, No Time To Die is finally going to be released!

Can you believe it?  A part of me feels like we’ve been waiting for this film for close to a 100 years.  No Time To Die was first announced in 2016 and, like a lot of people, I was surprised and excited to hear that it would be directed by Danny Boyle.  Boyle, however, left the film due to creative differences and was replaced by an equally intriguing choice, Cary Joji Fukunaga.  All of the behind-the-scene turmoil and the constant rumors of Daniel Craig being tired of playing Bond gave the impression that No Time To Die was a trouble production and the frequent changing of the film’s release date didn’t help.  Of course, the truth of the matter is that No Time To Die was one of the many big films that was delayed by the pandemic.  Still, it has been six years since James Bond was last seen on a movie screen.

No Time To Die is going to be Daniel Craig’s last outing as Bond.  There have been rumors of Craig’s Bond dying and someone else stepping up to assume both his name and his rank.  I think it’s more probable that Bond either retires or fakes his own death like Bruce Wayne did at the end of The Dark Knight trilogy.  The Craig Bond films have borrowed more from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films than most critics have acknowledged.

The final trailer for No Time To Die dropped yesterday.  It seems to promise a lot of typical Bond stuff — glamorous locales, elaborate action scenes, and Ben Whishaw.  It also features Craig’s rather angsty interpretation of Bond.  (I’ve always felt that Craig tends to get a little bit too angsty as Bond, to the extent that he actually crossed the line from troubled to whiny in SPECTRE.)  Lea Seydoux reprises her SPECTRE love interest role and Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld also makes an appearance in the trailer and it would appear that we’re still doing the whole, “Every Craig film is a part of a bigger story” thing.

Rami Malek is also prominently featured, playing a villain.  Hopefully, this villain won’t be another lost relative of Bond’s.  That was a narrative decision that made absolutely no sense in SPECTRE….

You may have, at this point, guessed that I’m hoping this film will be more like Casino Royale and Skyfall than like Quantum of Silence and SPECTRE.  My feelings on the Craig films have been mixed but I’m an unapologetic fan of the Bond franchise so I can’t wait to finally see the new movie.

No Time To Die will be released on October 8th!  I’ll be there!

Artwork of the Day: Forever


by Erin Nicole

I spotted this on a tree one day while I was exploring Lookout Park.  It’s always stuck with me, that promise of “Forever” that’s sat there for who knows how many years.  With summer coming to an end in just a few more days and 2021 also coming to a close, this just seemed like the right picture for the first day of September.

Music Video of the Day: The Best of Times by Styx (1981, directed by ????)


On August 1st, 1981, MTV premiered.  Over the course of 24 hours, 166 unique music videos were played on MTV.  Yes, there was a time when the M actually did stand for music.

The 33rd video played that day was this performance clip for Styx’s The Best of Times.  This was one of the band’s biggest hits.  It’s also a song that they haven’t played since 1999.  When Dennis DeYoung left the group, he took the song with him.

Enjoy!

The First Videos Shown on MTV:

  1. Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles
  2. You Better Run by Pat Benatar
  3. She Won’t Dance With Me by Rod Stewart
  4. You Better You Bet By The Who
  5. Little Suzi’s On The Up by PH.D
  6. We Don’t Talk Anymore by Cliff Richard
  7. Brass in Pocket by Pretenders
  8. Time Heals by Todd Rundgren
  9. Take It On The Run by REO Speedwagon
  10. Rockin’ in Paradise by Styx
  11. When Things Go Wrong by Robin Lane & The Chartbusters
  12. History Never Repeats by Split Enz
  13. Hold On Loosely by .38 Special
  14. Just Between You And Me by April Wine
  15. Sailing by Rod Stewart
  16. Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden
  17. Keep On Loving You by REO Speedwagon
  18. Better Than Blue by Michael Johnson
  19. Message of Love by The Pretenders
  20. Mr. Briefcase by Lee Ritenour
  21. Double Life by The Cars
  22. In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins
  23. Looking for Clues by Robert Palmer
  24. Too Late by Shoes
  25. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  26. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy by Rod Stewart
  27. Surface Tension by Rupert Hine
  28. One Step Ahead by Split Enz
  29. Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty
  30. I’m Gonna Follow You by Pat Benatar
  31. Savannah Nights by Tom Johnston
  32. Lucille by Rockestra