No Time To Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga has finally opened up the already iconic ending to Daniel Craig’s James Bond saga.
Spoilers ahead for No Time To Die.
One of the most successful films of the year, No Time To Die finally closed out Daniel Craig’s nearly two-decade-long tenure as James Bond. The film saw major changes for both the character and the franchise, including the first on-screen death of the character. Yes, James Bond definitely dies at the end of No Time To Die. Talk about a misleading title.
The film has been out for several months and director Cary Joji Fukunaga has finally opened up about the ending in a chat with Empire. Fukunaga revealed that killing off James Bond was always the plan from the moment he joined the production.
“In my first meeting with Daniel and the producers, they said that’s how they wanted the story. They felt that was an ending. I was like, ‘Well, it’s a result of an ending, but we don’t know what happens. It has to be earned.’”
“I was really struggling, because it couldn’t be conventional action. It couldn’t just be a demonic device, it had to be tied into the central theme of the story.”
As the film comes to a close at villain Safin’s island compound, James Bond realizes that should he go near his daughter or lover Madeline, the virus injected in him by the baddie will kill his family. As the British military rains missiles down onto Safin’s compound, Bond is caught on the island, perishing away. Though we don’t see the body, make no mistake: James Bond is dead for good.
“I wasn’t trying to be obtuse with it. I wanted to be clear with it. But I wanted it to be tasteful. We didn’t want that shot in Terminator 2 where you see Sarah Connor turning into bones. But we wanted to show that he wasn’t going to jump down a sewer at the last second. So that wider shot of the island being pummelled was a mixture of macro and micro. The full effect is, ‘Yes, he’s gone, but he succeeded in making sure none of that weapons would go on into the future.’”
“It felt like closure, like closing off the past, and closing off the story. It’s that last sentence in a paragraph in the last chapter of a book, just to try to make it feel satisfying.”
Though many would assume that the ending of No Time To Die would prove controversial – after all, killing James Bond is practically sacrilegious – but the finale has been widely praised across the board for being inventive and closing out Daniel Craig’s saga with grace. It’s highly unlikely that Craig will return as the character seeing as 007 quite literally perished.
Here is the plot synopsis for 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, 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.
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