Daniel Craig is back for one more go-around as the world’s most famous MI6 secret agent in No Time to Die, the 25th installment in the James Bond movie series. When a scientist goes missing, CIA field officer Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) asks 007—who is no longer an active agent—for some help in finding him. Bond’s search gets him entangled with a new villain (Rami Malek) who has access to a state-of-the-art technology that poses a global danger.
Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Written by: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen
In September 2018 it was announced that Cary Joji Fukunaga—who is best known for his work as director on season 1 of True Detective and the Golden Globe-nominated Beasts of No Nation—would direct the 25th installment in the James Bond franchise. He is the first American director to take the helm on a Bond movie.
In April 2019 it was announced that Phoebe Waller-Bridge—the Emmy-winning creator and star of Fleabag (who also developed and wrote the first season of Killing Eve)—was brought in to do a polish of the No Time to Die script specifically at the request of Daniel Craig. According to the Observer, Craig was most interested bringing Waller-Bridge’s “wit and quirkiness” to the project.
Though Roger Moore and Sean Connery each starred in seven films as James Bond, Daniel Craig—who is expected to retire his license to kill following No Time to Die—has actually had the longest tenure playing James Bond. He made his debut in the role with 2006’s Casino Royale, meaning he’ll have been playing the super spy for 14 years when the newest film is released.
Though little has been revealed about the plot of the film, longtime Bond producer Barbara Broccoli did confirm that Bond will not be on active service. And that No Time to Die will see 007 “enjoying himself” in Jamaica versus being on a mission.
Though the bulk of the film was shot in London and Jamaica, production also shot in Norway and Italy.
If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.
As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.
The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.
Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.
It's hard to believe that it has been 25 years since a tiny pink piglet named Babe stole the heart of audiences around the world, and turned many of them into lifelong vegetarians (more on that later). What’s almost even harder to believe is that the heartwarming story of a pig who wants to be a sheepdog was partially ushered into existence by George Miller, the same man who brought us the Mad Maxfranchise. Here are 15 things you might not know about the little piggy that could.
1. James Cromwell thought the original idea for Babe was silly.
When actor James Cromwell first heard about Babe, which is based on Dick King-Smith's novel, “I thought it sounded silly,” he toldVegetarian Times. “I was mostly counting the lines to see how much of a role the farmer had.”
2. Farmer Hoggett has just 16 lines in Babe.
But by that point, Cromwell was already sold on the script, intrigued by what he called the “sophisticated yet pure-of-heart piglet.” And he clearly made the right call: The part earned Cromwell an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
3. It took 48 different pigs to play the role of Babe.
Because pigs grow quickly, the crew utilized four dozen Large White Yorkshire piglets throughout the course of filming, shooting six at a time over a three-week period. A total of 48 pigs were filmed, though only 46 of them made it to the screen.
4. Babe also featured one animatronic pig.
Animal trainer Karl Lewis Miller seemed almost embarrassed to admit that they did have one animatronic pig play Babe, too. This is the pig they used for wide shots—when there was at least 15 feet surrounding Babe all the way around, and no place for Miller to hide.
5. Babe is a girl.
While this is never explicitly stated in the movie, because a male pig’s private parts would have been visible on film, all of the pigs used for filming were females.
6. In all, there were 970 animals on the set of Babe.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Karl Lewis Miller—who had 59 people assisting him—said that, all told, there were 970 animals used for the film, though only 500 of them actually made it into the movie. This included pigs and dogs, of course, plus cats, cows, horses, ducks, goats, mice, pigeons, and sheep, too. Baa-ram-ewe indeed!
7. Babe is also Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory.
In addition to voicing Babe, voice actor Christine Cavanaugh—who passed away in December 2014—lent her vocal chords to more than 75 projects over the years, including the title role in Dexter’s Laboratory, Chuckie Finster on Rugrats, and Gosalyn Mallard on Darkwing Duck.
8. Babe was banned in Malaysia.
Not wanting to upset its Muslim community, to whom pigs are haram, Malaysia banned the family flick from screening in its theaters. But its proscription didn’t stick; the film was released on VHS about a year later.
9. Pork product sales dropped in 1995.
In December 1995, just four months after Babe hit theaters, Vegetarian Times ran a story about the problems facing the pork industry. Among the factors contributing to the industry’s slump, according to writer Amy O’Connor, was “the motion picture Babe, featuring an adorable porcine protagonist and a strong vegetarian message.” She went on to note that, “This year, the U.S. Department Agriculture showed stagnant demand for pork, while retail sales of canned meats such as Spam hit a five-year low.”
10. Sales of pet pigs increased following the release of Babe.
In The Apocalyptic Animal of Late Capitalism, author Laura Elaine Hudson is unable to substantiate claims that pork sales dropped a full 25 percent in the U.S. following the release of Babe, as some sources claimed, but she did find that sales of pet pigs increased—as did, eventually, the number of abandoned pigs.
11. Babe turned many viewers into vegetarians.
Babe’s popularity—and its main character’s adorableness—led to many fans of the movie (particularly young viewers) adopting a vegetarian lifestyle. The practice became so widespread that it was dubbed “The Babe Effect,” and fans of the film who went meatless became known as “Babe vegetarians.”
12. James Cromwell is a "Babe vegan."
Among those individuals whose eating habits were altered by Babe was the movie’s human star. Though he had been a vegetarian decades before, Cromwell “decided that to be able to speak about this [movie] with conviction, I needed to become a vegetarian again.”
13. Mrs. Hoggett was aged up for Babe.
Magda Szubanski, who plays the farmer’s wife Esme, was only 34 years old at the time of the film’s release. She logged lots of time in the makeup chair in order to pass as the wife of her then-55-year-old co-star.
14. Jerry Goldsmith was hired to score Babe, but was replaced.
Jerry Goldsmith wrote a good deal of the music for Babe, but he and George Miller’s ideas for what it should sound like did not mesh. So Goldsmith was replaced by Nigel Westlake.
15. Babe earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination.
Among Babe's seven Academy Award nominations (yes, seven) was a nod for Best Picture, which pit the pig film against an impressive lineup that included Sense and Sensibility, IlPostino, Apollo 13, and Braveheart (which took home the award). The film did win one Oscar: it beat out Apollo 13 for Best Visual Effects.