NO TIME TO DIE was the first major film to delay the planned release date upon the onset of the Coronavirus. While some initially suggested it would give the director time to make changes to the already delayed film, he discusses why he didn’t in the latest edition of Empire magazine.
As reported online for their Big-Screen Preview issue, Fukunaga said:
“you could just fiddle and tweak and it doesn’t necessarily get better… for all intents and purposes we had finished the film. I had mentally finished the film. Mentally and emotionally.”
The extended interview, with new photos, will be published on Thursday 9th July.
Watch this official promo from earlier this year, with Fukunaga discussing the film:
“The people close to Bond, those he considers to be family are at great risk. And now there’s someone new out there, more dangerous than anyone he has ever encountered, and whoever they are is smarter and stronger than SPECTRE.”
The film has had its problems since the first announcement. British director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland had developed what they called a wonderful idea that EON Productions were keen on, but after some development, the creatives left the project citing those enigmatic “creative differences”.
Veteran Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were brought back onto the project and the film gained Fukunaga as director. His previous work, including Beasts of No Nation, True Detective and Netflix’s Maniac make him an intriguing choice. Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) was also brought on at the suggestion of Craig to punch up the script.
NO TIME TO DIE was also on the receiving end of “Film Twitter” when Lashana Lynch was revealed to be a female version of 007 and angry fans leapt to the conclusion that she was playing Bond.
As for the music, Billie Eilish has already had tremendous success with the theme song, and fans are eagerly awaiting Hans Zimmer’s first Bond score.
The film boasts a great cast, many returning actors from the other films in Craig’s tenure with the addition of Oscar-Winning Rami Malek as the mysterious “Safin”.
NO TIME TO DIE is the last film to star Daniel Craig as James Bond and is scheduled to release in the UK on November 12th and in the USA on November 20th.
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Writers: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, and Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Composer: Hans Zimmer
Producers: Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, with Jeffrey Wright, with Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes as “M”. Also starring Rory Kinnear, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, and Billy Magnussen
SOURCE | Empire
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