No Time To Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga originally pitched a version of the film that took place entirely in the mind of Daniel Craig’s James Bond.
The production of No Time To Die has not been an easy one. Original director Danny Boyle left the production over creative differences before Cary Joji Fukunaga was hired to helm the project. Rumors of behind the scenes issues and on-set rewrites have persisted throughout the film’s production. In addition, it encountered one final obstacle in the form of the coronavirus. The film was originally set to be released early this month but ended up being one of the first major blockbusters of the spring/summer season to be pushed back due to ongoing concerns over the epidemic.
The marketing for No Time To Die has continued to be vague although it is set to be Daniel Craig’s final performance as James Bond. For this final outing, however, director Cary Joji Fukunaga pitched a very different version of the film. While speaking to Interview Magazine, the director revealed that one of his original pitches for the film took place in James Bond’s head and would have all been an elaborate hallucination. The studio, however, apparently did not go for this:
“Miranda, I swear to God, I had an idea that this movie could all be taking place inside the villain’s lair from the last film. There’s this scene [in Spectre] where a needle goes into James Bond’s head, which is supposed to make him forget everything, and then he miraculously escapes by a watch bomb. And then he and Léa blow up the place, and go on to save the day. I was like, ‘What if everything up until the end of act two is all inside his head?’”
What do you all make of this idea? Would this have made a great twist for No Time to Die? Would it have been a good sent off for Daniel Craig’s James Bond? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for Daniel Craig’s No Time to Die:
Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga from a script co-written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, No Time to Die stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah.
No Time To Die will be released in theaters on November 25, 2020.
Source: Interview Magazine