Cary Fukunaga Wanted No Time to Die to Take Place in Bond’s Head

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Cary Fukunaga Originally Wanted No Time to Die to Take Place Inside Bond’s Head

Hollywood is packed to the brim with tales of weird films that were never made, or alternate versions of films that were. Case in point: Cary Fukunaga’s original version of No Time to Die, which the director pitched to the studio as a film that took place inside James Bond’s head.

“Miranda, I swear to god,” Fukunaga told Interview Magazine, “I had an idea that this movie could all be taking place inside the villain’s lair from the last film. There’s this scene where a needle goes into James Bond’s head, which is supposed to make him forget everything, and then he miraculously escapes by a watch bomb. And then he and Léa blow up the place, and go on to save the day. I was like, “What if everything up until the end of act two is all inside his head?”

In some ways I can see how that makes sense. That bizarre needle bit in Spectre did just sort of go away. Who’s to say those tiny needles didn’t have a lasting impact on 007?

Fukunaga also discussed his personal relationship with the Bond franchise, stating that he, like so many moviegoers, hadn’t given the series a second thought until Casino Royale. “Prior to that,” he says,” my only in-depth James Bond experience was at my cousin’s house playing Golden Eye.”

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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.

You can pick up Daniel Craig’s entire James Bond filmography here.

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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