Cary Joji Fukunaga tried to persuade Grace Jones to make James Bond return

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 December 2019
Grace Jones

Grace Jones

'No Time to Die' director Cary Joji Fukunaga tried to persuade Grace Jones to return to 'James Bond'

'No Time to Die' director Cary Joji Fukunaga tried to persuade Grace Jones to return to the franchise.

The 42-year-old filmmaker revealed he took a snorkelling trip in Jamaica with the singer, who appeared alongside Roger Moore in 1985's 'A View to a Kill', and attempted to "woo her" into joining the cast of the upcoming instalment by showing her Ian Fleming's [the author behind 007] former home.

Cary told Total Film magazine: "I took a snorkelling trip with Grace Jones out in the waters in front of Ian Fleming's house when I was trying to woo her into being in the film."

However, he didn't say whether he wanted Grace to return as henchwoman May Day.

Rumours of Grace's involvement were sparked after she posted an Instagram photo on a beach in Jamaica, which coincided with the Bond crew shooting scenes on the island.

Jones captioned the post with: "Exciting news coming soon."

However, it was reported in July that Grace, 70, had abruptly quit the role after discovering how few lines she'd been given.

A source said: "Grace's 007 homecoming was meant to be a real crowd-pleasing moment. Bosses were really excited about landing her.

"Of course, she comes with a reputation, so they organised premium accommodation and rolled out the red carpet on set to make her feel welcome.

"But it turns out Grace was expecting to play a bigger role in the movie and took her brief cameo as a slight."

Meanwhile, the hotly-anticipated movie has seen a number of setbacks, after original director Danny Boyle quit the film and Daniel Craig injured his ankle on set.

The 51-year-old actor, who will make his final appearance as Bond in the film, thanked his "good surgeon" for his swift return to filming.

He said: "I broke my ankle but I've got a good surgeon. I stopped work for two weeks and I was back at work [after that]. It's all fine, [it's] healed up beautifully."

No Time to Die

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • UK
  • 2h 43min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen
  • UK release: 30 September 2021

The 25th James Bond film is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and sees Daniel Craig in the lead for one last time.