No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga has revealed how long James Bond has been out of the spy game prior to being brought back into the fold at the start of the new movie.
Daniel Craig returns to play the infamous MI5 agent one last time in the new film, which begins with James Bond having retired and left active service after the events of Spectre.
And now, in a new behind-the-scenes featurette, Fukunaga has shared that Bond has been retired for five years, so it was “essential” for him as a writer and a director to rediscover who Bond is in No Time To Die.
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“Where is he? After five years of retirement, who has he become?” the filmmaker asks in the clip, as he contemplates what James Bond might have been doing in that time.
“He’s sort of a wounded animal, struggling with his role as a double-o. The world has changed. The rules of engagement aren’t what they used to be. The rules of espionage are darker in this era of asymmetric warfare.
“The people close to Bond – those who he considers to be family – are at great risk,” Fukunaga continued.
“And now there’s someone new out there… More dangerous than anyone he’s ever encountered. Whoever they are, they’re smarter and stronger than Spectre.”
The 42-year-old – who penned the script with Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge – concluded by teasing that, from the minute Bond is called back into action, he’s part of a race against time to thwart the dastardly plans of Rami Malek’s Safin.
“No Time To Die is a culmination of all that Bond has become,” Fukunaga added. “With all that he’s seen, all the trauma, all the loss… what is that mission that will be the most challenging and the most difficult?
“That was our target. We aimed to do something extraordinary with this one. Everything that was left unsaid will finally be said.”
Rory Kinnear, Lashana Lynch, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes will all also star in the film.
No Time to Die, the 25th James Bond movie, has a UK release date of April 2, 2020, and opens in the US on April 10, 2020. All the previous Bond movies are available on DVD or Blu-ray.
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