Director Cary Joji Fukunaga discusses Daniel Craig's "Extraordinary" final chapter
In a newly-released video Fukunaga discusses the starting point of the film, saying of the iconic opening credits, which feature dots moving across the screen and Bond coming on to face the camera: "When that comes on screen it's like, settle in and get ready for a ride."
No Time To Die finds the spy out of action and tracked down for one last mission, an interesting opener which Fukunaga says sets the tone for the story to come. "It was essential to rediscover Bond: where is he?" he says. "After five years of retirement, who has he become? He's sort of a wounded animal struggling with his role as a 00. The world's changed, the rules of engagement aren't what they used to be, the rules of espionage are darker in this era of asymmetric warfare."
Touching on the idea of Bond's personal struggles, which are hinted at in the form of a betrayal in the trailer, Fukunaga adds that the people Bond considers to be family are "at great risk" in Bond 25, adding that it is a race, "not only to save the world but their lives".
He also touches on Safin, the new (quite possibly Dr No) villain played by Rami Malek, saying that he is "more dangerous than anyone he's ever encountered" and "smarter and stronger than Spectre".
The auteur also teased how the film will wrap up, with the weight of it being Craig's final outing as the besuited killer clearly crucial to how the film will play out. "No Time To Die is a culmination of all that Bond has become," Fukunaga says. "With all that he's seen all the trauma, all the loss, what is that mission that will be his most challenging and difficult?"
He says that they "aimed to do something extraordinary" for "the final chapter for Daniel Craig", and promises "danger but also the emotional punch". So, not exactly confirming 007 will be taking his last breaths before the credits roll, but some assurance his exit from service will be more dramatic than a speech over caterpillar cake in the MI6 canteen.