The director of No Time To Die, Cary Joji Fukunaga, has admitted that it was not an easy task to decide how to end Daniel Craig’s era as James Bond 007.
In an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com, Fukunaga revealed that he participated in “a lot of roundtables” 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 campaign table) and I spent hours sitting around this table with Michael, Barbara and Daniel and, sometimes the different writers 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” at Craig’s final exit, there was also “a very healthy debate” about how the story would unfold.
“It was really fascinating and I think one of the things I got out of it is how hard it is to make these films, [and] he tells these stories, ”he said.
“I think a lot of audiences think it’s just something that can be connected and played, and that a computer, an AI program, could get into one of those popcorn movie plots, but the logic is to make sure that logic works completely.it is very complicated … and even if it is entertaining and stimulating, it takes a lot of reflection, a lot of consideration as to who is the bad guy and what his goal is, and how that tangles Bond and how it impacts on a personal level.
“I really liked these storytelling sessions. The different directions that history could have taken … there are an infinite number of possibilities. “
Known for his work on the 2015 war drama Beasts of No Nation and directing the first season of HBO’s True Detective, Fukunaga said he was less concerned with putting his own label on the Bond franchise and more dedicated to ensuring that No Time To Die delivered a “satisfactory” outcome of Craig’s term.
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“There’s the kind of moments the audience can expect: the action sequence that leads to the credits, the moment when M does a mission or Q gives you the gadgets, right? There are a lot of things like that: the expectations we knew we had to achieve at some point, including when Bond has to say his own name, famous, and I think we’ve found some really fun ways to play with tradition, but also to keep it fresh.
“As for my personal stamp, I didn’t care too much about what I was going to make it different, as much as what I was doing that would hopefully make a story as satisfying as possible.
“I was very aware that I was following a tradition instead of trying to take it in a different direction, so I think my main goal was to make a final chapter for Daniel’s career that looked like a real solid ending and the challenge for to me it was that the endings are probably one of the hardest things to do … so how do you do it right? That’s all I thought about. “
No Time To Die will see Bond, retired after 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 finding a missing scientist. .
Soon, Bond meets villain Safin (Rami Malek), who plots to kill millions and seems to be somehow connected to 007’s beloved Madeline Swann (Léa Seydoux).
No Time To Die opens in UK cinemas on September 30th. Visit our movie center for more news and features or find something to watch with our TV Guide.