25th June 2019
What can we glean from the first official video from Bond 25?
By MI6 Staff
Just a few days after the Royal visit to the set of Bond 25 in Pinewood Studios, the 007 channel has released the first official look at Bond 25 with shots of the filming in Jamaica that took place last month.
Never Send A Man
Lashana Lynch's character Nomi is an MI6 agent. She meets James Bond in a Jamaican nightclub and then later shows up at his house. Lynch was also seen in character at the MI6 offices during last week's Royal visit. Fan speculation about her character range from theories that Nomi has taken over the 007 designation since Bond has retired, to her being a relative of Quarrel. She also rides a moped.
Beatles Without Earmuffs
In a refreshing change to using the same James Bond theme arrangement from Casino Royale, the video uses the track 'Boom Shot Dis' by Kully B & Gussy G and is a radical departure from how modern Bond films have been promoted. The track was used in the 2005 Keira Knightley bounty hunter film 'Domino' and is licensed by Sony under its Extreme Music label. Whilst reaction on social media has been wildly positive to this fresh take, some Connery-era Bond fans are sure to have problems with it. It will be interesting to see what other music Fukunaga approves for future videos (even when a composer is named, the music for promotional materials is outside their remit).
That's Why I Eat The Peppers
Heineken is back as the beer of choice. Felix Leiter can be seen in the club with some bottles for his meeting with James Bond. It would have been a nice touch for Bond and Leiter to enjoy a Red Stripe, in a nod to 'Dr. No', but Heineken has a bigger promotional budget.
What A View...
Although the video consists of b-roll shots, it is clear that Linus Sandgren's cinematography on Bond 25 will celebrate the tapestry of vivid colors in Jamaica. The film will be primarily shot by Panavision on 35mm, but some action sequences will be captured on bigger format IMAX cameras.
Big Bang Theory
The short video ends with a large explosion, but not everything filmed in Jamaica will be set in Jamaica. The action scene in question, which uses the float plane seen in the opening shot, is understood to take place in a different island nation. Fading to a map of Jamaica after the float plane shot is a little misdirection.
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