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Every October 5th is James Bond Day and today the 007 franchise started the celebrations with a perfectly unremarkable poster for Daniel Craig's new movie No Time to Die. The poster is a yawn but the tinfoil hat on my head wonders if it's just lowering expectations and then BOOM we get hit with a mind-blowing trailer for Bond 25. Because a poster does sometimes, but not always, end up closely followed by a teaser trailer.

James Bond Day is celebrated on the date of the world premiere of the first bond film, Dr. No in 1962. So tidbits are expected all day today, including this poster shared on official channels:

It's not quite as bad as that Spider-Man: Homecoming poster everyone trashed -- 'memba that? good times! -- but Bond fans did expect more.

Fans quickly responded with some other edits out there:

I like the style of this one, although I wouldn't have three Daniel Craigs in it:

Some fans took issue with the font of the official poster:

A poster doesn't always set the tone for the movie, but No Time to Die could use some killer buzz right about now. Up to this point, the production seemed almost cursed. Sure, just recently Daniel Craig wrapped filming with a drunken toast talking about how it was one of the best experiences of his life. But he started things on the wrong foot with that "wrist slash" comment he came to regret. He also got injured making Bond 25 and had to delay production.

Bond 25 had to change directors due to "creative differences" with the new director facing rumors of production problems. There was an on-set explosion gone wrong, negative feedback to the 007 twist we haven't even seen play out yet, and whatever was happening with that creepy peeping tom scandal. Come to think of it, I'd watch a movie on the making of this movie. But will the movie itself be good?

No Time to Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, is scheduled for theatrical release on April 3, 2020 in the United Kingdom and on April 8, 2020 in the United States.

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