Director Cary Fukunaga Says No Time to Die is ‘Great As It Is’ Without Added ‘Polish’
Following the recent announcement that the release date of Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film No Time to Die had been delayed until November, fans have been curious as to how the shut down of multiple movie and television productions due to the current pandemic has affected post-production work on the film.
When asked by a fan on Instagram if director Cary Fukunaga and the post-production team were able to “trim it and polish it,” Fukunaga replied, “Some people have asked me this and 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 shut everything else down.”
After a fan asked why they weren’t about to use “such a delay to add some polish,” Fukunaga explained that the “short answer is money. And 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 yall will feel [the] same too when it comes out.”
Confirmed cast members returning for the film include Daniel Craig reprising his iconic role as James Bond for the last time, Ralph Fiennes as M, Lea Seydoux (Spectre), Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as A, with Rory Kinnear as Tanner and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter. New cast members confirmed for the film include Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, Ana De Armas, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch and Rami Malek.
Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective) will direct No Time to Die which features a script written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns with Cary Joji Fukunaga and Emmy winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve).
EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios have partnered with Universal Pictures on the worldwide release of the 25th James Bond film. The superspy’s previous outing, Spectre, opened in U.S. theaters on November 16, 2015. The film earned $200 million domestically and $680.6 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $880.7 million.
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No Time to Die was due to hit theaters in the UK on April 3, and on April 10, in the US, but will now hit theaters in the former on November 12 and the latter on November 25.
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