Bond film delays are reportedly causing product placement havoc for brands

The latest James Bond movie’s pandemic-related delays are reportedly causing problems for its marketing deals, with advertisers concerned that the film may end up featuring outdated product placements, The Sun is reporting. The 25th Bond film, No Time To Die, is currently due to release in cinemas on October 8th, over a year after it was originally meant to release.

“Some of those things were the very latest models back when they started filming” a source told The Sun, “but by the time the movie comes out now it will look like Daniel Craig and all of the other cast members are carrying something that has been out for ages. That isn’t really the point of these deals.”

Although the film will reportedly feature Omega watches, Bollinger champagne, and Adidas footwear, it seems likely that HMD Global’s Nokia phones are at risk of dating most quickly. HMD Global announced last year that the film would include its Nokia 8.3 5G from last year, and TechRadar reports that the film is also set to include the Nokia 7.2, which was first released in 2019.

The Sun reports that the movie could face reshoots to hide its outdated products, and quotes a source as saying that some scenes may be “carefully edited.”

“The big tech firms want the stars to have all the new up-and-coming products to help promote them and sell them to fans,” the source tells The Sun. “It means some of the scenes are going to have to be very carefully edited and looked at to bring things up to date.”

We may have already seen an example of this kind of editing at work. Although one of the film’s stars, Lashana Lynch, appears to be using a Nokia 8.3 5G in the ad above (note the camera flash to the left of the array), a previous version released in March 2020 seems to feature a Nokia 5.3, complete with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and headphone jack on the top.

An ad released in March 2020 appears to show a Nokia 5.3 with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Screenshot: Nokia Mobile

The same footage in the September 2020 version, where the phone resembles a Nokia 8.3 5G.
Screenshot: James Bond 007 / YouTube

No Time to Die was originally due to release in April 2020 but was delayed to November last year after the pandemic forced cinemas around the world to close. The film was subsequently delayed to April 2021, and then to October 2021. Provided no more delays happen, the movie is currently slated to release around a year and a half after its original planned debut.

Thankfully for HMD, there’s at least one phone in the film that’s unlikely to date too much. According to TechRadar, No Time to Die will also feature a classic Nokia 3310, a phone that originally released way back in 2000.

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