IMPORTANT SPOILERS will follow for No Time to Die!
No Time to Die, Daniel Craig’s last film as James Bond, has a shocking ending that fans around the world are still talking about. While staying calm so far, Craig, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have finally spoken out about the conclusion of the 25th Bond film.
Speak with Diversity, The No Time to Die team was asked about the death of James Bond, who has never occurred in the nearly 60-year history of the Bond films, and if it was something they had always planned for that story.
“I’m going to tell a story here whether someone remembers it or agrees with it,” said Craig. “But it was 2006. Barbara and I were in the back of a car that was driving away from the Berlin premiere of“ Casino Royale ”. Everything went well. People liked the movie. And it looked like I was going to get the chance to do at least one more film.
“I said to Barbara, ‘How many of these films do I have to do?’ Because I don’t really look at contracts or anything. And she said, ‘Four,’ and I said, ‘Oh, okay. Can I kill him on the last one?’ And she didn’t stop, but said, ‘Yes.’ So at the time I made a deal with her and said, ‘I would like it to be like that.’ It’s the only way I can see for myself to end it all and make it like it was my term in office, someone else could come and take the helm. She stuck to her guns. “
“And I had to tell Michael and we waited to tell the studio! [Laughs] We wanted to get rid of him, ”added Broccoli. “That was the reality. It was like, make sure we get rid of Daniel like that. “
In the age of reunions and reboots, Craig made sure we all know this actually means he will never return as 007.
“If he goes, he can’t come back, which is where it really comes down to,” said Craig.
While having this idea in mind, Craig reveals that it was “no” for a long time. However, that changed after Specter.
“But I think what happened was that we wanted Daniel back at the end of the fourth and he was very reluctant,” recalls Wilson. “I think we thought we all thought that this was the best way to end this whole thing. Well, you know, it wasn’t unusual because Fleming tried to kill him in ‘From Russia With Love’, ”and almost killed him in“ You Only Live Twice ”. But I think it is the right way to deal with a situation where a person is risking their life all the time.
“At some point, the opportunities will catch up with you. I think Fleming saw it and I think we eventually came to that conclusion too. It is also very important emotionally to understand the risks that people like Bond take. “
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Killing Bond is undoubtedly a brave decision because “these films have audiences that expect James Bond to save the day every time.”
“If you stay until the end of the credits it will definitely be, ‘James Bond will be back.’ So it’s all good, “said Craig.
Wilson also confirms that “Despite his unfortunate ending, Bond saves the day.”
“It’s the ultimate sacrifice,” adds Broccoli. “As Michael says, it’s very fitting because people in this industry are always putting themselves at risk. The amazing thing was that the audience managed to keep this a secret and that really is evidence to the Bond fans I think they didn’t want to spoil the fun for others by telling them the end of the story. “
When Fukunaga was brought on board as director, Bond’s death was decided, but how he would die was not certain.
“There were a few things that Barbara, Michael and Daniel had put on hold. This was definitely one of them,” said Fukunaga. “How it would end was not yet decided. It was just the fact that he would do it, so the question was how to do it.”
The team then discussed how there were “many, many iterations” of how Bond would reach his end, including “blowing him up in a rocket,” a “bad oyster,” and more.
“A bullet, like an anonymous bullet, I remember,” said Fukunaga. “But a conventional gun death just didn’t seem appropriate. Given that it was just a ball that always had your name on it from the start, showing how much it got away from everything else, as” some sort of thematic element seemed, while realistic, for Bond it had to be something beyond that – like the impossible, impossible situation.
“I think the most important thing was that we were all trying to create a tragic situation,” said Craig. “The idea that there is an insurmountable problem, that there is a greater power at play and nothing can be done about it. And the greater power is Savin’s weapon [kills] The only thing Bond wants in life is to be with the people he loves and that he cannot be with them and therefore there is nothing to live for. And he would actually endanger her life, and that is the last thing he wants to do on earth.
“So this element was incredibly important to somehow thread it because it couldn’t feel like a random act. It had to be heavy – without it it wouldn’t work. And if we hadn’t had that weight, I think we wouldn’t have, we would have found another way to end it.
As mentioned earlier, this is obviously not the end of James Bond as the story of the most famous secret agent continues. As for the next honor of becoming 007, Broccoli announced that the search will begin in earnest in 2022.
For more information, check out our No Time to Die review, Why Broccoli Wouldn’t Want a Female James Bond and Rather Better Female Characters, and Dwayne Johnson’s Pitch to Become the Next James Bond.
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