With the upcoming James Bond tentpole “No Time to Die” delayed until November, many 007 fans have been left to wonder if director Cary Fukunaga will be polishing up the film now that he has a lot more time until its release. The filmmaker revealed on Instagram that he would love to be able to continue working on “No Time to Die,” but that’s not in the cards, no matter the calendar push. Fukunaga’s Bond film marks Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing playing Bond, which no doubt puts extra pressure on the 42-year-old director.
“Some people have asked me this and hough 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 down everything else,” Fukunaga said. “The short answer is money. 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 ya’ll will feel same too when it comes out.”
After being pushed around the calendar after the departure of director Danny Boyle, “No Time to Die” was finally set to open in theaters this month. MGM, Universal, and Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced at the beginning of March that the release would be pushed back until November when movie theaters are hopefully back open and movie-going can continue.
Fukunaga is the first American filmmaker to take the reins of the Bond film franchise. The director is best known for his work filming the first season of HBO’s “True Detective,” for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award. Fukunaga’s credits also include “Sin Nombre,” “Beasts of No Nation,” and “Maniac.” His work on Bond marks his first time directing a major Hollywood tentpole, hough he was previously attached to the “It” horror franchise. Fukunaga departed the project over creative differences but kept a writing credit on the first film.
“No Time to Die” will open in the United Kingdom on November 12. The movie’s release in the United States will follow on November 25.
Cary Fukunaga talks about tinkering with #notimetodie between now and release and whether the film is done: https://t.co/rhgixzSDH8 pic.twitter.com/anruJfukJE
No Time to Die was supposed to grace us with its presence this month, but then the coronavirus stepped in and threw a wrench into those plans. Now the latest James Bond film is set for a November release, which has lead some to wonder if director Cary Fukunaga would use this time to re-edit and perhaps polish the film more before its eventual release date. According to Fukunaga, the answer to that question is a big fat no. In fact, Fukunaga says the film is great as is already, and doesn’t need any more work.
No Time to Die is in the can. If you thought the release delay was going to be used as an excuse to do more post-production work on the flick, you were mistaken. Folks on Instagram took to asking Cary Fukunaga this question directly, and the director was nice enough to answer. When asked if he was using this time to “trim and polish” the latest Bond epic, 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.”
In other words: it’s a done deal. Fukunaga even expanded on this, commenting that even if he wanted to do more post-production work it’s just not in the film’s budget – that sort of work costs money, folks. “Although Bond is a big movie, we still have to weigh cost with value,” Fukunaga said, adding: “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.”
It’s good to know that Fukunaga is happy with the finished film although I wouldn’t expect him to pop-up months before release and say, “Guess what guys: my movie sucks.”
In No Time to Die, “Five years after the capture of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, James Bond has left active service. He is approached by Felix Leiter, his friend and a CIA officer, who enlists his help in the search for Valdo Obruchev, a missing scientist. When it becomes apparent that Obruchev was abducted, Bond must confront a danger the likes of which the world has never seen before.”