Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, December 18, 2021, or: Bond 25 is On Its Way, & a Quick ‘Last Saturday Before Christmas’ Update


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-morning here in Lithia, Florida on Saturday, December 18, 2021. It is a chilly early winter morning here in west-central Florida. Currently, the temperature is 66˚F (19˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 95% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 4 MPH (6 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 65˚F (19˚C). It’s cold now – for me, anyway – but the day will get warmer, as it often does in Florida at this time of year unless an Arctic blast makes its way south. Today’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 87˚F (30˚C). Tonight, we can expect scattered rain showers and a low of 66˚F (19˚C).

Last night I received an email from Amazon telling me that one of my pre-orders which was scheduled to arrive on December 27 was shipped yesterday and will arrive today instead. Back in October, when the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, premiered in theaters and on streaming services, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment announced that the home media release of director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s action-spy thriller would be in January and placed it on the pre-order roster.

I have the Blu-ray box set of the previous 24 James Bond films – I bought it a couple of years ago when it was on sale for Black Friday – so of course I wanted to get No Time to Die to complete the collection, or at least until Bond 26 is greenlit and a new actor is cast as Ian Fleming’s MI-6 Agent 007.  The initial release date was early January, then it was moved up slightly to December 27.

Apparently, the various studios (Universal Pictures, United Artists, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, and Eon Productions) decided to expedite the home media release because the COVID-19 pandemic has not abated, and theaters are still not seeing large numbers of moviegoers buying tickets. And as sad as it is for a film buff to admit, moviemaking is a business, and big action films are expensive to make – No Way to Die had a huge budget (between $250 million and $301 million). It fared well at the box office with a worldwide gross of $770 million, but home media sales (4K, “regular” Blu-ray, and digital) should add money to the studios’ coffers and permit the making of a future Bond 26.

So…yeah. My 4K UHD/Blu-ray/Digital Copy Collector’s Edition 2-disc set is now in an Amazon facility, and it should be Out for Delivery sometime after 11 AM.

Our Christmas tree (#1) in the living room. (Photo by the author)

Today we will be getting a visit from The Caregiver’s mother and sister, so we are on Company’s Coming mode. The Caregiver is obsessed – even more than my mom was – with neatness and holiday décor, so her focus this week – outside of work – has been on the two Christmas trees, wrapping presents, last-minute buying of more presents, and not much else.

I need to “police” my room a bit – I doubt that the Caregiver’s mom will inspect everything – and go get ready for our visitors, who are driving from Miami and will probably arrive by noon. And I also need to have breakfast, so this is where we part company, Dear Reader.

Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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