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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.”
No Time to Die opens in the U.S. November 25.
Last week, No Time to Die, the 25th James Bond movie, was delayed until November. But it seems as if some publicity demands were already in place for actor Daniel Craig, who is playing the British super spy for the final time. Despite the film’s delay, Craig hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend and also appears as the new cover star of GQ magazine, where he gave an in-depth interview explaining why there has been a five year gap since the previous Bond movie and the many injuries he’s sustained while playing the character. Read on for some highlights below.List of Daniel Craig Injuries Sustained While Playing James Bond
Craig was 37 when he was cast as the world’s most famous spy. He’s 52 now, and during his tenure as Bond, the longest of any actor, he experienced a significant number of physical injuries. Not to mention the psychological turmoil of being the public face of a franchise in which the scripts are often written on the fly.
While making 2008’s Quantum of Solace, Craig tore the labrum — the connecting cartilage — in his right shoulder during an aerial stunt. When he jumped through a window in Italy, he hurt it again. “I was just nervous and overcooked it,” he told GQ. “At that point, my arm was kind of useless.”
Not long into production on 2012’s Skyfall, Craig ruptured both his calf muscles, forcing him to participated in rehab while making the movie. “It’s not about recovery, because you know you can recover,” he said. “It’s about psychologically thinking that you’re going to do it again.”
But Bond is nothing if not a British icon, so Craig adopted his homeland’s stiff upper lip mentality and came back for more. While making 2016’s Spectre, the star jacked up his anterior cruciate ligament during a fight scene with Dave Bautista’s Mr. Hinx. “I was like, ‘Dave, throw me, for Christ’s sake.…’ Because he was being light with me,” Craig said. “So he threw me, and God bless him, he just left my knee over there.” Bautista didn’t escape that interaction unscathed, by the way.
That injury meant that Craig spent the rest of Spectre‘s production wearing a knee brace that had to be hidden in post-production. “That was a drag,” he said of the experience. No kidding. Perhaps his hyperbolic comment that he would “rather break this glass and slash [his] wrists” rather than play Bond again in the wake of Spectre is a bit more understandable:
“I was never going to do one again. I was like, ‘Is this work really genuinely worth this, to go through this, this whole thing?’ And I didn’t feel…I felt physically really low. So the prospect of doing another movie was...
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HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: