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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James Bond bosses to lose up to $50 million after postponing release – report

James Bond bosses are reportedly set to lose up to $50 million (£38 million) for postponing the release of their latest movie No Time to Die.Executives at MGM, EON Productions, and Universal announced on Wednesday that they were pushing back the plann…

James Bond bosses are reportedly set to lose up to $50 million (£38 million) for postponing the release of their latest movie No Time to Die.

Executives at MGM, EON Productions, and Universal announced on Wednesday that they were pushing back the planned release of No Time to Die from April until November due to the global coronavirus spread, which has so far infected more than 100,000 people worldwide.

It has now been reported that the release change could lead to a staggering loss of between $30 million (£22.7 million) and $50 million for MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The figure stems largely from a costly marketing campaign which was already being run, including a trailer spot at the Super Bowl which is reported to have cost $4.5 million (£3.4 million).

However, if bosses hadn’t postponed the date and had gone ahead with the April releases, they could have lost an estimated $300 million (£227 million) – around 30 per cent of the predicted $1 billion (£76 million) global box office take. In China alone, where the coronavirus outbreak originated last year, more than 70,000 cinemas have been closed since January.

Bond bosses announced the postponement in a statement, which read, “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of No Time to Die will be postponed until November 2020.

“The film will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the U.S. launch on November 25, 2020.”

The movie, which will serve as Daniel Craig’s final appearance as the 007 agent, also stars Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ben Whishaw.

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Saint Laurent serves up ’80s-inspired power suits for fall 20

Saint Laurent has dished up a line of ’80s-inspired power suits for fall/winter 2020.Creative director Anthony Vaccarello unveiled his latest collection at the Fontaine du Trocadero as part of Paris Fashion Week late on Tuesday night, with the likes of…

Saint Laurent has dished up a line of ’80s-inspired power suits for fall/winter 2020.

Creative director Anthony Vaccarello unveiled his latest collection at the Fontaine du Trocadero as part of Paris Fashion Week late on Tuesday night, with the likes of Hailey Bieber, Kit Harington, Brooklyn Beckham, Joe Keery, Maika Monroe, Lily Collins, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, and Zoe Kravitz all perched on the front row.

Explaining his influences for the range, Vaccarello commented in his show notes that he was interested in subverting convention by combining traditionally feminine silhouettes with racier fabrics.

“Between gilded salons and nocturnal places inhabited by well-mannered girls and bad boys, the Saint Laurent woman loves to take risks, she wears lace and cashmere with Latex,” he commented.

With the Eiffel Tower in the background, the presentation opened with a model walking the runway in a red and black plaid jacket, matching pussy bow blouse, black Latex leggings, and large black and gold stud earrings.

Vaccarello then offered up a parade of super sexy outfits, with one model sporting a halterneck top made of Latex with black velvet trousers and thigh-high boots, and another outfitted in a black leather corset and long coat.

And despite building up a reputation for using black and muted shades, Vaccarello used his new collection to experiment with colour.

Partway through the spectacle, models showed off skin-tight trousers made from purple, magenta, and red Latex, while he also dropped a line-up of outfits utilising eye-catching combinations, such as a bold red jacket matched with a pink top and purple leggings, or a mustard yellow jacket paired with purple tights.

To conclude, the designer served up a range of eveningwear pieces, like a red sequin dress with pussy bow neckline and black velvet dress with plunging neckline.

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Rami Malek: ‘Phoebe Waller-Bridge gave life to my Bond villain’

Rami Malek has credited Phoebe Waller-Bridge with transforming his villain character in new James Bond film No Time to Die.The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who portrays mysterious villain Safin in the upcoming 007 blockbuster, has revealed that the Emmy and…

Rami Malek has credited Phoebe Waller-Bridge with transforming his villain character in new James Bond film No Time to Die.

The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who portrays mysterious villain Safin in the upcoming 007 blockbuster, has revealed that the Emmy and Golden Globe winner collaborated closely with him to revise the character.

“She had quite an impact on what I was doing,” Malek told Entertainment Weekly. “I’d have long phone conversations with her, giving her context as to what we were essentially looking for in the scenes, and she would turn things over incredibly quickly… We know her as a very witty and funny writer, but she’s got a knack for drama and tension as well.”

The Fleabag creator was hired last year after James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, personally recommended her as he was impressed by Waller-Bridge’s writing on the award-winning shows Fleabag and Killing Eve.

“She’s the best f**king writer around,” he stated.

Craig previously dismissed rumours that she was hired to flesh out the movie’s female roles or to bring more diversity to the writing team, with him telling a reporter from The Sunday Times last year that the reports were “f**king ridiculous.”

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga, who replaced Danny Boyle after he departed the 25th Bond movie due to creative differences, also contributed to the screenplay, alongside screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and The Bourne Ultimatum’s Scott Z. Burns.

No Time to Die, which also stars Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright, is released in April.

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Producer Barbara Broccoli insists James Bond will never be played by a woman

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has insisted a woman will never be cast as the British spy in a movie.Daniel Craig is set to make his fifth and final appearance as the suave MI6 agent in No Time to Die, the upcoming 25th Bond film. Speculation ha…

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has insisted a woman will never be cast as the British spy in a movie.

Daniel Craig is set to make his fifth and final appearance as the suave MI6 agent in No Time to Die, the upcoming 25th Bond film.

Speculation has been rife over who will replace the 51-year-old after he retired from the role, and fellow Brits including Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden have since emerged as frontrunners.

However, Broccoli is adamant that the role of Bond will never be played by a woman.

“He can be of any colour, but he is male,” she told Variety, adding that she wants better and more interesting characters to be created for women. “I believe we should be creating new characters for women – strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”

Last year, it was rumoured that Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch was in the running to become the next Bond.

Yet, it was later revealed that she will instead be playing a character called Nomi who is assigned Bond’s iconic 007 number when he retires from MI6.

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

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Rami Malek took inspiration from Freddie Mercury when playing Bond villain

Rami Malek took inspiration from Freddie Mercury when playing a Bond villain in the upcoming No Time to Die.The 38-year-old bagged a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the late Queen frontman in the musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody earlier this year…

Rami Malek took inspiration from Freddie Mercury when playing a Bond villain in the upcoming No Time to Die.

The 38-year-old bagged a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the late Queen frontman in the musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody earlier this year, and he revealed that his performance as James Bond’s mysterious adversary Safin was heavily influenced by the flamboyant rocker.

“If I went in there and tried to make a carbon copy of someone, what joy or fun would that be for anybody? I guess that may be a lesson I learned from Mr. Mercury,” he told the January issue of Empire magazine.

“If it’s not original, then why bother? I’ve pocketed some things from some of my favourites. But I tried to every day imbue this character with something I thought made sense for the character, but might also at the same time be shocking and unnerving,” Rami added.

He also revealed that he teamed up with his Bohemian Rhapsody voice coach to achieve the perfect dialect for his mysterious Bond villain.

“I wanted to create something that we couldn’t quite peg from any particular part of the world,” he teased.

Daniel Craig returns for one final outing as the infamous MI6 super spy in No Time to Die, which will be released in April 2020.

The 25th instalment of the James Bond franchise is directed by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga and also stars Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw.

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Daniel Craig felt Spectre wasn’t right place to conclude run as James Bond

Daniel Craig wanted to reprise the role of James Bond one more time because he felt Spectre wasn’t a satisfying way to conclude his run as the spy. After Spectre was released in 2015, many believed it was the British actor’s final turn as the MI6 agen…

Daniel Craig wanted to reprise the role of James Bond one more time because he felt Spectre wasn’t a satisfying way to conclude his run as the spy.

After Spectre was released in 2015, many believed it was the British actor’s final turn as the MI6 agent, particularly after he famously said he would “rather slash (his) wrists” than play the character again, a statement he later retracted.

However, he decided to come back and reprise the role for the fifth and final time for No Time to Die, and in an interview with Empire magazine, Craig explained that he wouldn’t have been satisfied if he’d stopped after Spectre.

“If that had been it, the world would have carried on as normal, and I would have been absolutely fine,” he said. “But somehow it felt like we needed to finish something off. If I’d left it at Spectre, something at the back of my head would have been going, ‘I wish I’d done one more.'”

He added that he had his own thoughts about where the continuing story might end up.

“I always had a kind of secret idea about the whole lot in my head, and where I wanted to take it. And Spectre wasn’t that… But this feels like it is,” the 51-year-old noted.

Craig, who began playing Bond with 2006’s Casino Royale, confirmed he was “done” with Bond movies during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in November.

He also told USA Today he has had a “really good run” as the spy, and stated, “It was the right thing to do one more… I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

No Time to Die, which takes place a few years after the events in Spectre, features returning stars Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes as well as newcomers Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch. It is set to hit cinemas in April 2020.

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Christoph Waltz’s return as Blofeld confirmed in first No Time to Die trailer

Christoph Waltz’s return as James Bond’s nemesis Blofeld has been confirmed in the first trailer for new movie No Time to Die.The German-Austrian actor played the iconic role in the previous 2015 instalment Spectre, in which his fate was left hanging a…

Christoph Waltz’s return as James Bond’s nemesis Blofeld has been confirmed in the first trailer for new movie No Time to Die.

The German-Austrian actor played the iconic role in the previous 2015 instalment Spectre, in which his fate was left hanging after his helicopter was shot down by Bond.

Despite rumours Blofeld would be back, Waltz heavily hinted in interviews he would not return – with Rami Malek taking over as the main adversary of Daniel Craig’s superspy – but the SPECTRE chief briefly appears in the new trailer.

In the clip, Blofeld is shown incarcerated in a high-security cell, and says, “When her secret finds its way out, it’ll be the death of him,” with other scenes suggesting that Bond discovers something devastating about another returning character, Lea Seydoux’s Dr. Madeleine Swann.

Another notable moment is the first glimpse of Malek’s main villain, Safin, who Bond accuses of attempting to “play God” when the pair face off.

Fans have speculated that Safin may end up being a version of another legendary villain from the franchise, Dr. No.

Craig’s character is billed as beginning the film in retirement and is also shown meeting his replacement as 007, Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch.

After meeting her predecessor, Nomi is shown telling Bond that “the world has moved on” and to “stay in your lane” or she will put a bullet in his knee – later mocking his age by adding “the one that works”.

No Time to Die, which is believed to be Craig’s last outing as 007, will hit cinemas in April.

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Daniel Craig confirms he’s ‘done’ with James Bond

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” …

Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he is done with playing suave spy James Bond.

The British actor left fans guessing about his future in the franchise as he promoted the 2015 release of Bond movie Spectre, after claiming he’d rather “slash his wrists” than reprise his role as 007 once more.

He later backtracked and insisted he just needed a break, and subsequently returned for the 25th movie in the series, the upcoming No Time to Die, which he believes will serve as the perfect swansong for his stint as Ian Fleming’s fictional character.

During an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he told the host that he was making no more James Bond movies.

When Colbert asked Craig if he was “done with Bond,” the 51-year-old actor replied, “Yes.”

“You’re done with Bond?” the host pressed, prompting Craig to state firmly: “It’s done.”

In another interview with USA Today, he told the publication that he’s had a “really good run” with the role he’s held since 2006’s Casino Royale.

“It was the right thing to do one more,” Craig stated, before adding that he is confident fans will be pleased with No Time to Die. “I think we’ve done something really wonderful… We’ve got an amazing story and something that’s going to be surprising for people. It’s all going to come together.”

The discussion about who should replace Craig as Bond has been ongoing for years and is likely to reach new heights following his confirmation. Previous favourites for the role have included Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden.

No Time to Die, which features returning stars Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw alongside newcomers Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ana de Armas, is set to open in cinemas in April.

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