Published On: Mon, Jul 26th, 2021

James Bond No Time To Die director ‘spit-balled potential new Bonds’ | Films | Entertainment

When No Time To Die hits cinemas James Bond fans will witness Daniel Craig playing the international spy for the very last time. Before he signed on to play the hero for the fifth time, however, he was thinking about moving on without finishing off ​the series’ storyline. During this interim, director of No Time To Die Fukunaga spoke to Bond executive Barbara Broccoli about the future of the character.

Fukunaga explained he took Broccoli on a dinner date to discuss the finer details.

He recalled: “Two years ago I took Barbara to my favourite Japanese restaurant in New York. I tried to wine and dine her.

“At that point, Daniel said he wasn’t doing another one, so we spit-balled all the potential new Bonds.”

Of course, the notion of who will take on Bond next has been on fans’ lips for over a year now​, but the next actor has been kept under wraps ever since. ​

Fukunaga added: “That was exciting.” (Via Total Film)

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Fukunaga continued: “And just that I’d be honoured if they’d consider me for the next one.”

He was later taken on by Bond bosses after Danny Boyle stepped down.

The director finished No Time To Die sometime in 2019, set for an April 2020 release.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, however, he was forced to push it back.

The movie has since been pushed back multiple times​ ​with its supposed final release date slated for September 30 this year.

In almost two years in between, however, Fukunaga has been resisting changing any parts of the film.

Speaking back in 2020, 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.”

James Bond No Time To Die hits cinemas on September 30, 2021.


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