Cary Joji Fukunaga Says It Was A “Major, Major Relief” That ‘No Time To Die’ “Didn’t End Up On A Streaming Platform” – Contenders London

Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of No Time To Die, is evidently pleased that the latest James Bond film – the last featuring Daniel Craig as 007 – was released theatrically.
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“Endings are harder than beginnings,” he added. He admitted that concluding Craig’s tenure was a challenge. “Hopefully we did something special here.”
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“The numbers are really exciting,” he said.
No Time to Die marks Craig's his fifth and final turn as Agent 007. A simple search turns into the most dangerous mission the superspy has faced, with a mysterious new villain in Lyutsifer Safin (Malek). After retiring from active service and heading to Jamaica, Bond receives a letter from an old friend at the CIA requesting his help finding a missing person. The cast also includes Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Winshaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Billy Magnussen and Christoph Waltz.
The film has already opened to $113M overseas following its world premiere on September 28 at London’s Royal Albert Hall and its North American rollout, which began Thursday night, has already clocked $6.3M – making it the best Bond domestic preview number ever.
The helmer told Deadline’s Contender London that it was a “major, major relief that it didn’t end up on a streaming platform and that audiences are showing up”.
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“If there’s any pride in it, the collaborative effort, creating something that has more than one facet.” Joji Fukunaga also poured more fuel on the fire for those calling for a Lashana Lynch-led spinoff. Lynch plays Nomi, who becomes the new 007 agent alongside Daniel Craig’s retired 007. “You could do a spinoff with her,” he said.
He was keen to take jabs.” “It’s been 15 years since Casino Royale. He said that he wanted to “ratchet up” the vulnerability of Craig’s Bond for his final turn. At a certain point, we had to tone down the amount of old man jokes.
This comes as it emerged last year that MGM explored selling the film, which was delayed four times as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, to streamers such as Amazon, Apple and Netflix or launching it via PVOD.

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