No Time to Die Director Cary Joji Fukunaga on Bond’s Most Dangerous Mission

If you weren’t already hyped up about the 25th James Bond film No Time to Die, you might need one final shot of adrenalin. To aid you in that effort is writer/director Cary Joji Fukunaga, who narrates a brand new No Time to Die video.

Fukunaga works from a script he wrote with Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, and Emmy-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and in this new video he’s gives us the lay of the land, so to speak, on how he approached Daniel Craig’s final turn as her Majesty’s most infamous secret agent.

“For me as a writer and a director, it was essential to rediscover Bond,” Fukunaga says. “Where is he? After five years of retirement, who has he become? He’s sort of a wounded animal struggling with his role as a double O. The world’s changed, the rules of engagement aren’t what they used to be. The rules of espionage are darker in this era of asymmetric warfare. Those he considers to be family are at great risk. Now there’s someone new out there, more dangerous than anyone he’s ever encountered. And whoever they are, they’re smarter and stronger than Spectre.”

We can assume that someone is Rami Malek’s Safin, the facially scarred villain we’ve seen in the previous trailers. The people that Bond considers family, like Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), appear to be in serious danger. We know that Jeffrey Wright’s CIA agent Felix Leiter is on hand, luring Bond back into active duty. Then there’s an old enemy returning, too; Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld has a part to play here.

Newcomers include Latasha Lynch’s OO agent Nomi and Ana de Armas’s Paloma, both of whom will have big roles to play in Bond’s most dangerous mission yet.

No Time to Die is a culmination of all that Bond has become,” Fukunaga says. “With all he’s seen, the trauma, the loss, what is that mission that would be his most challenging, his most difficult.”

Excited yet? No Time to Die hits theaters on April 10, 2020.

Featured image: James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) drive through Matera, Italy in NO TIME TO DIE, a DANJAQ and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Credit: Nicola Dove © 2019 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


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