Daniel Craig confirms he discussed the plan to kill off James Bond with producer Barbara Broccoli after Casino Royale premiered in 2006.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for No time to die.
Daniel Craig confirms he discussed the plan to kill off his iteration of James Bond in no time to die with producer Barbara Broccoli, after the premiere of Casino Royale. In the wake of Pierce Brosnan’s tenure as Agent 007, Craig introduced Bond to a new generation with a gritty, Jason Bourne-esque take on the character in 2006. Casino Royale. Since then, Craig has played the fictional spy four times, with 2021 no time to die marking the end of five intertwined stories.
The 25th film overall in the Bond franchise ultimately hit theaters on October 8 after a series of delays. In addition to having its release date delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, no time to die encountered a handful of pre-production issues due to a revolving door of creatives and the pressure to deftly send Craig into the sunset. Originally, independent filmmaker Yann Demange was set to direct but was relieved of his directing duties when Danny Boyle pitched an idea to his writing partner John Hodge. Then, just as casting was underway, Boyle and Hodge left the project and Cary Joji Fukunaga stepped in to direct a new script from writers including Phoebe Waller-Bridge. No time to die’s story was apparently still in flux. However, the one thing that remained constant was the decision to kill Craig’s 007 in the final act.
During a chat in the broadcast room with Variety on no time to die, Craig spoke for the first time about the end of the film. Before detailing the circumstances surrounding Bond’s death, one must “weight‘, and joking about the many ways they planned to kill him, Craig was asked how long he knew he wanted his arc to end in tragedy. no time to die is the only Bond film to see its hero die. Read Craig’s explanation of the initial conversation with Broccoli below:
“I’m going to tell a story here, whether anyone remembers it or agrees with it,” Craig said. “But that was 2006. Barbara and I were sitting in the back of a car driving away from the Berlin premiere of Casino Royale. Everything was fine. People liked the movie. And it looked like I was going to get the chance to do at least one more movie. I said to Barbara: ‘How many of these films do I have to do?’ Because I don’t really look at contracts or anything. And she said, ‘Four,’ and I said, ‘Oh, okay. Can I kill him in the last? And she didn’t stop. She said yes.’ So, I made a deal with her at the time and said, “That’s how I’d like it to be.” It’s the only way I could see for myself to get it over with and pretend like it’s my mandate, someone else might come and take over. She stayed true to her guns.
In no time to die, Bond sacrifices himself to save Madeleine (Léa Seydoux) and their daughter, Mathilde. In the process, completely destroys Lyutsifer Safin’s (Rami Malek) bioweapons facility. At the very end of the film, Madeleine drives into the sunset with her daughter, telling the latter about her father, whose name was “Bind. james bond.” While no time to dieit’s finality is not something fans of the franchise have experienced before, the screen reads “James Bond will returnas the credits roll. Whoever decides to order a martini next has their work cut out for them.
Especially after 2015 Spectrum, Craig had been talking about leaving Bond behind for some time. Fortunately, he decided to come back for no time to die and deliver the finale he always wanted. Whether the film succeeded in delivering an emotional and satisfying ending is up to the viewer. Either way, there’s no denying Craig’s more linear tenure as one of the most memorable characters. no time to die raised nearly $775 million worldwide – audiences came out in droves to say goodbye.
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