James Bond actor Daniel Craig will make his last appearance as the iconic spy in No Time To Die in November, having previously said he wouldn’t be back for a fifth film. After the release of the previous Bond movie, Spectre, the star insisted he was done with the role. However, he was later persuaded to come back for one final round by producer Barbara Broccoli and an exciting narrative.
Sharing an insight into what’s to come from his last outing, Craig told GQ he’s been more involved with the writing of No Time To Die than any of his previous Bond films.
“I’ve kept my mouth shut before and I’ve stayed out of it and I’ve respected it and I’ve regretted that I did,” he told the publication.
He also said he hardly held back when workshopping the script wasn’t going how he thought it should be.
“I’ve been very forceful in meetings and often way too blunt and probably completely rude,” he admitted. “But I’m like, ‘We’re here! Come on!’ I always say sorry.”
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Fleabag writer and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge was one of many changes to the behind-the-scenes line-up No Time To Die has seen over the course of its creation.
More diplomatic, she told the publication: “He is incredibly passionate about the work.
“Bond is very close to his heart and he fights for the integrity of the character every step of the way.”
No Time To Die director Cary Fukunaga, meanwhile, who came on board just three months before production was due to begin, revealed Craig would come up with dialogue for whole scenes, trying to give the character a voice.
“Daniel’s very adamant that Bond is the driving force in everything,” he said.
“He is tireless. He will work until he’s basically crawling home.”
After several previous delays, No Time To Die was once again pushed back last week as concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus continue to increase.
Just a month before it was due to be released, Craig’s last film as Bond was delayed by seven months, with a statement saying: “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.
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“The film will be released in the UK on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the US launch on November 25, 2020.”
No Time To Die will see Bond retired from active service and staying away from the action, leading a quiet life in Jamaica.
That lifestyle is soon snatched away by a visit from old friend and CIA agent Felix Leiter (played by Jeffrey Wright), who comes to ask for help rescuing a kidnapped scientist.
Told he’s the only one Leiter can trust with the mission, Bond is put on the trail of a mysterious villain who’s armed with a dangerous new technology.
The upcoming Bond 25 will also see the return of his love Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) but it looks as though there’s trouble in paradise as the spy suspects her of betraying him.
Craig first took over the part of Bond from Pierce Brosnan 14 years ago.
He has appeared in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, with No Time To Die set to complete his five-film run.
James Bond: No Time To Die is released in UK cinemas November 12.
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