Cary Joji Fukunaga rules out last-minute edits on No Time to Die

Cary Joji Fukunaga has ruled out making any further tweaks to No Time to Die due to budget constraints.The spy movie was originally set to be released this month, but as the coronavirus outbreak forced cinema chains to close around the world, bosses at…

Cary Joji Fukunaga has ruled out making any further tweaks to No Time to Die due to budget constraints.

The spy movie was originally set to be released this month, but as the coronavirus outbreak forced cinema chains to close around the world, bosses at MGM decided to delay the debut until November.

But during a recent Q&A on Instagram, Fukunaga insisted that the 25th instalment in the James Bond franchise, which stars Daniel Craig as the 007 agent for the final time, is “great as it is”, and he won’t be working on it any further between now and its new release date.

“Although more time would have been lovely, we had to put our pencils down when we finished our post-production window, which was thankfully before Covid-19 shut everything else down,” he explained. “Although Bond is a big movie, we still have to weigh cost with value. And like anything, you could tinker endlessly. The movie is great as it is, hope y’all will feel the same too when it comes out.”

The highly anticipated Bond movie will follow 007 as he’s brought out of retirement in Jamaica to help find a missing scientist.

No Time to Die, also starring Rami Malek, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Ralph Fiennes, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas, will be released in the U.K. on 12 November and in the U.S. on 25 November.

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Lea Seydoux cried while watching No Time To Die

Lea Seydoux cried while watching upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die for the first time.The French actress first appeared as psychiatrist Dr. Madeleine Swann in 2015’s Spectre, and reprised her role for the 25th instalment in the franchise, alongsi…

Lea Seydoux cried while watching upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die for the first time.

The French actress first appeared as psychiatrist Dr. Madeleine Swann in 2015’s Spectre, and reprised her role for the 25th instalment in the franchise, alongside Daniel Craig as the suave 007 agent.

In a new interview with The Daily Mail, Seydoux revealed she had already seen the final theatrical cut and promised fans that the storyline will pull at the heartstrings.

“There’s a lot of emotion in this Bond. It’s very moving. I bet you’re going to cry. When I watched it, I cried, which is weird because I am in it,” the 34-year-old shared.

No Time to Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, marks the end of Craig’s tenure as the MI6 agent, and features a star-studded cast including Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Ana de Armas, and Jeffrey Wright.

While the highly-anticipated blockbuster was originally set to be released on 10 April, it has been delayed around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced the closures of cinema chains around the world and prompted millions of people to go into self-isolation to practice social distancing and stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

No Time to Die is now scheduled to hit cinemas from 12 November.

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Cary Joji Fukunaga teases link between Casino Royale and No Time to Die

Cary Joji Fukunaga has teased a possible link between his upcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die and Casino Royale.Leading man Daniel Craig made his debut as the British super spy in the 2006 film, and will be making his fifth and final appearance as…

Cary Joji Fukunaga has teased a possible link between his upcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die and Casino Royale.

Leading man Daniel Craig made his debut as the British super spy in the 2006 film, and will be making his fifth and final appearance as 007 in Fukunaga’s flick.

The director told Fandango that No Time to Die will complete the story arc that began in 2006, with a focus on Bond’s tragic relationship with Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd, who he first romanced in Casino Royale.

When asked how the MI6 agent’s love for Lynd affects his current relationship with Madeleine Swann, played by Lea Seydoux, Fukunaga explained that while it was difficult to weave into the action movie, he was keen to deal with Bond’s emotional baggage.

“I think the emotionality was something that I was interested in, and wanted to explore, and (I) wanted to get deeper into the psychology of Bond after the tragedy of his relationship with Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale,” he shared. “And now, with the new relationship, with Madeleine Swann, what bringing all that baggage into this new relationship means.”

In Casino Royale, Bond and Lynd fall deeply in love, but he then discovers that she’s being manipulated by the shadow organisation – later known as Spectre – and she commits suicide in a flooded elevator after betraying 007.

No Time to Die, also starring Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, and Ben Whishaw, is in cinemas from 2 April.

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Cary Joji Fukunaga thrilled with Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme

No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga has raved over Billie Eilish’s new 007 theme song.The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter released the moody track, also titled No Time to Die, on Thursday night, becoming the youngest-ever artist to record…

No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga has raved over Billie Eilish’s new 007 theme song.

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter released the moody track, also titled No Time to Die, on Thursday night, becoming the youngest-ever artist to record a theme tune for a James Bond movie.

An audio clip has already racked up over 3.5 million views on Billie’s YouTube channel, and accordingly, Fukunaga is very impressed with what the 18-year-old and her producer brother Finneas came up with for his blockbuster.

“There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme. I am a huge fan of Billie and Finneas,” he praised. “Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they’ve brought – a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come.”

Billie will debut the track live at the BRIT Awards, accompanied by Finneas, composer Hans Zimmer and the Smiths star Johnny Marr, in London next week. And the Bad Guy hitmaker still can’t believe she has recorded a Bond theme.

“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honour. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock,” she shared, while her sibling added: “Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die. We feel so, so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”

The brother and sister duo join the likes of Shirley Bassey, Sam Smith, and Adele in recording Bond themes.

No Time to Die, which stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright, will hit cinemas from 2 April.

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Billie Eilish to perform theme song for No Time to Die

Billie Eilish has been tapped to perform the theme song for new James Bond film No Time to Die.Producers confirmed that the Bad Guy singer had signed on to perform the title track for the upcoming spy movie on Tuesday, with the gig making her the young…

Billie Eilish has been tapped to perform the theme song for new James Bond film No Time to Die.

Producers confirmed that the Bad Guy singer had signed on to perform the title track for the upcoming spy movie on Tuesday, with the gig making her the youngest artist in the history of the franchise to the tackle the theme.

Billie has teamed up with her older brother and frequent collaborator, Finneas O’Connell, to work on the tune, described by Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli as “an incredibly powerful and moving song”.

Gushing about the historic role, the 18-year-old shared, “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honour. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.”

While Finneas added, “Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die. We feel so, so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”

Elsewhere, director Cary Joji Fukunaga insisted that James Bond fans will instantly fall in love with the song.

“There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme,” he commented. “I am a huge fan of Billie and Finneas. Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they’ve brought – a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come.”

The track will be released to coincide with the global launch of No Time to Die, starring Daniel Craig, in April.

Billie follows in the footsteps of artists like Sam Smith, Adele, and Shirley Bassey in landing the prestigious honour.

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Lashana Lynch’s 007 to be a ‘real woman’

Lashana Lynch was determined to make sure her new 007 character in the latest James Bond film was true to the lives of real women on screen.The Captain Marvel star plays British secret service spy Nomi in the upcoming instalment No Time to Die, who sta…

Lashana Lynch was determined to make sure her new 007 character in the latest James Bond film was true to the lives of real women on screen.

The Captain Marvel star plays British secret service spy Nomi in the upcoming instalment No Time to Die, who starts the movie with Bond’s iconic codename, as Daniel Craig’s superspy is initially in retirement.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the British actress revealed she was determined to make her character different to the glamorous Bond girl archetype, and have her face the same problems as everyday women while serving as a spy.

“I didn’t want someone who was slick. I wanted someone who was rough around the edges and who has a past and a history and has issues with her weight and maybe questions what’s going on with her boyfriend,” she explained.

The 31-year-old star even spoke to the film’s co-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and director Cary Joji Fukunaga about including one scene in which her character is on her period.

“We had one conversation about her maybe being on her period in one scene, and maybe at the beginning of the scene – and I spoke to Cary about this – throwing her tampon in the thing,” she revealed.

Lynch said all of the film’s producers, writers, and its director were open to her ideas, adding: “Everyone was really responsive to having her be what I wanted. You’re given a fresh perspective on a brand-new black woman in the Bond world.”

Nomi being assigned the 007 codename caused a stir among male fans of the franchise, due to its traditional focus on Bond as a hyper-masculine alpha male who women swoon over. However, the actress is totally unfazed by their objections as she believes their feelings aren’t personal.

“It doesn’t dishearten me. It makes me feel quite sad for some people because their opinions, they’re not even from a mean place – they’re actually from a sad place,” she mused. “It’s not about me. People are reacting to an idea, which has nothing to do with my life.”

No Time to Die will debut in cinemas in April.

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Damian Lewis: ‘James Bond is a terrible spy’

Damian Lewis may have harmed his chances of playing James Bond by confessing he thinks 007 is a terrible spy.The Homeland star has long been tipped as a possible successor for Daniel Craig in the popular film franchise, although he has recently slipped…

Damian Lewis may have harmed his chances of playing James Bond by confessing he thinks 007 is a terrible spy.

The Homeland star has long been tipped as a possible successor for Daniel Craig in the popular film franchise, although he has recently slipped behind younger favourites like James Norton and Richard Madden in the betting.

However, Damian thinks Ian Fleming’s hero isn’t so great at his job.

“The great thing about Bond is how bad a spy he is, and how brilliant he is in recovering his position. Bond makes endless mistakes,” he told British newspaper The Observer. “That’s what’s fun about him, and then (he) has to do something extraordinary to recover himself.”

Damian went on to admit that he is quite obsessed with spies and is currently promoting his own docudrama series about the most important spies of the past 40 years, Spy Wars.

And the star insisted it’s the “grubbiness” of espionage that he finds fascinating.

“I find the different reasons for turning traitor or being a hero, depending on your view, are often quite grubby and banal. I’m interested (in) the motives of these spies. That’s the series we’ve tried to make,” the 48-year-old explained.

Lewis’s spy show will debut on the History network in October.

Meanwhile, Craig is currently filming No Time to Die, the 25th instalment in the Bond series. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the feature will see Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Lea Seydoux reprise their roles, respectively, with new additions to the cast including Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, and Billy Magnussen. It is set to hit cinemas in April 2020.

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Prince Charles offered role in Bond 25 – report

British royal Prince Charles has reportedly been offered a cameo role in Bond 25. The 70-year-old has been presented with the opportunity to make a short appearance in the upcoming James Bond instalment, starring Daniel Craig, according to editors at …

British royal Prince Charles has reportedly been offered a cameo role in Bond 25. 

The 70-year-old has been presented with the opportunity to make a short appearance in the upcoming James Bond instalment, starring Daniel Craig, according to editors at Britain’s The Sun newspaper.  

A source told the publication film that bosses were inspired by his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s appearance alongside Craig’s 007 in the short homage to the spy films which aired during the opening ceremony of London’s 2012 Olympic Games.  

“They loved the buzz around The Queen’s appearance alongside Daniel Craig and think Charles could top even that,” the insider said. “He is the epitome of everything British, perfect for a cameo role and Bond fans worldwide would absolutely love it… Now, he is considering it.”  

The idea for a cameo reportedly came up when the royal paid a visit to the film set earlier this year and posed for photos with the 51-year-old actor. However, the source added that his sons, Princes Harry and William, might be offered the cameo next if Charles declines.  

Harry and William are no stranger to making appearances on film – they shot cameos as Stormtroopers in 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but their role was cut out because they were considered too tall. 

Bond 25 is currently filming ahead of a cinema release in April 2020. Cary Joji Fukunaga is directing from a script by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.  

Christoph Waltz will be reprising his role of Blofeld, while Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw also return. New castmembers include Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch, who will reportedly take over the 007 codename in the movie.  

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Daniel Craig to undergo ankle surgery after Bond 25 injury

Daniel Craig needs to undergo “minor ankle surgery” following an injury he sustained on the set of the new Bond film.Shooting only got underway on the 25th, currently untitled, instalment of the spy franchise in April, with Daniel, who has played James…

Daniel Craig needs to undergo “minor ankle surgery” following an injury he sustained on the set of the new Bond film.

Shooting only got underway on the 25th, currently untitled, instalment of the spy franchise in April, with Daniel, who has played James Bond since 2006’s Casino Royale, hurting himself a few weeks later on the Jamaican set.

The official James Bond Twitter account has now confirmed the English star’s injury needs proper medical attention, but reps insist it won’t halt production.

“BOND 25 update: Daniel Craig will be undergoing minor ankle surgery resulting from an injury sustained during filming in Jamaica. Production will continue whilst Craig is rehabilitating for two weeks post-surgery. The film remains on track for the same release date in April 2020,” the tweet reads.

Following the incident, a shoot planned for Pinewood Studios near London was cancelled, but the schedule is now back on track and filming will continue as the 51-year-old undergoes surgery and then spends time recovering.

Reports suggest filming in Jamaica has now wrapped and the production has moved to Europe.

Bond 25 will likely be Daniel’s 007 swan song. Rami Malek has joined the franchise as the villain, with Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw among the Bond regulars returning for another outing.

Cary Joji Fukunaga is helming the new film, after Danny Boyle exited the project due to creative differences.

Danny was also co-writing the movie, leaving producers to draft in Scott Z. Burns to take over the role. Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is also on the writing team, with reports claiming she was brought in to spice up the script.

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Rami Malek studying classic movie villains to perfect new Bond baddie

Oscar winner Rami Malek has been studying up on Hollywood’s top villains as he prepares to portray the latest Bond bad guy. The Bohemian Rhapsody star was unveiled as the evil mastermind in the as-yet untitled Bond25 at a press event in Jamaica on Thu…

Oscar winner Rami Malek has been studying up on Hollywood’s top villains as he prepares to portray the latest Bond bad guy.

The Bohemian Rhapsody star was unveiled as the evil mastermind in the as-yet untitled Bond25 at a press event in Jamaica on Thursday (25Apr19), but he couldn’t join Daniel Craig, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, and the 007 producers for the big reveal and instead did his own media in New York.

Appearing live on Good Morning America, Malek confessed he knew “quite a bit” about his tech genius character in the film, but wasn’t giving anything away and when he was asked to sum up the new baddie in one word, he said “villainous”.

But Rami wasn’t as coy about his research, revealing he has been watching Bond villains and other classic movie bad guys to prepare for the Bond shoot, which starts in Jamaica on Sunday (28Apr19).

“We’ve had such great villains in film history and I’ve just been going back and watching so many of them and trying to perhaps steal a little nugget from each one…,” Malek said, revealing Javier Bardem and Christoph Waltz are his favourite Bond bad guys.

He also confessed that Craig, who will be reviving 007 for the last time in the new film, is not his favourite Bond, adding, “I liked Dr. No quite a bit. (Sean) Connery got me. Goldfinger is great. Man With the Golden Gun…

“I think Daniel has done just an astounding job in making him (James Bond), in a way, relatable. There’s a lot of things that none of us can do as James Bond but he brings this class to it, but this human factor and he’s kind of cynical at the same time and ruthless, but you’re always rooting for him. I think he’s been terrific. It will be very interesting to go up against that man.

“It’s Daniel’s last film… but I’m gonna give him a run for his money.”

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