No Time To Die director hints at “different directions” being considered
No Time To Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga admitted it was no easy task deciding how to wrap up Daniel Craig’s era as James Bond 007.
In an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com, Fukunaga revealed that he participated in “tons of roundtable discussions” with Craig and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to determine exactly how the film would end.
“There was this table in Michael’s office at EON in Piccadilly – this round table that looks like a Napoleonic-era country table – and I spent hours sitting around that table with Michael and Barbara and Daniel. and sometimes the different writers who were working on the project, just discussing the plot, the story points, the characters.
Fukunaga revealed that while there were “important anchor points for the family to reach” during Craig Bond’s last outing, there was also “a very healthy debate” about exactly how the story fits. would unfold.
âIt was actually really fascinating and I think one of the things I got out of it was how hard it is to make these movies, [and] tell those stories, âhe said.
“I think a lot of audiences think it’s just a ‘plug and play’ thing and that a computer, an AI program, could come up with one of those popcorn movie scenarios, but the logic – making sure the logic works throughout – is very tricky … and to always be entertaining and exhilarating, it takes a lot of thought, a lot of consideration, in terms of who the bad guy is, and what his goal is, and how that confuses Bond, and how it hits him on a personal level.
âI really enjoyed these storytelling sessions. The different directions that history could have takenâ¦ there is an infinite number of possibilities there.
Known for his work on the 2015 war drama Beasts of No Nation and head of HBO’s first season of True Detective, Fukunaga said he was less concerned with putting his own stamp on the Bond franchise and more determined to ensure that No Time To Die delivers a “satisfactory” outcome to Craig’s tenure.
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âThere are the kinds of moments audiences expect: the action sequence that leads to the credits, the moment M delivers a mission or Q gives him the gadgets, right? There’s a lot of that stuff – expectations that we knew we had to meet at some point, including when Bond has to say his own name, famously – and I think we’ve found some really fun ways to play with it. tradition, but also to keep it fresh.
âAs far as my personal imprint, I wasn’t really concerned with what I was going to do that was different, as much as what I was doing was hopefully going to make it as satisfying a story as possible.
âI was very aware that I was continuing a tradition rather than trying to take it in a different direction so I think my main focus was just to make one last chapter for Daniel’s race which felt like a real solid ending. – and the challenge for me was that endings are probably one of the hardest things to doâ¦ so how do you do that right? That’s all I thought about.
No Time to Die will see Bond, retired from the events of Specter in 2015, return to active service after his friend and CIA officer Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) asks for his help in the search for a missing scientist .
Soon, Bond meets the villainous Safin (Rami Malek), who is plotting to kill millions of people and who appears to be somehow related to 007’s beloved Madeline Swann (LÃ©a Seydoux).
No Time To Die hits theaters in the UK on September 30th – visit our Movies hub for more news and features, or find something to watch with our TV guide.