No Time To Die won't be changed, says Bond director Cary Joji Fukunaga

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 July 2020
Cary Joji Fukunaga

Cary Joji Fukunaga

Cary Joji Fukunaga has revealed that he won't be making any late tweaks to 'No Time To Die', despite the film's release being delayed until November

Cary Joji Fukunaga won't be making any late changes to 'No Time To Die'.

The 42-year-old director helmed the upcoming 007 blockbuster – which has had its release delayed until November due to the coronavirus pandemic – but admits that he had "mentally finished the film" before its original April release and won't be making any changes.

Speaking to Empire magazine, he said: "You could just fiddle and tweak and it doesn't necessarily get better.

"For all intents and purposes, we had finished the film. I had mentally finished the film. Mentally and emotionally."

Fukunaga admits the situation with 'No Time To Die' – which is the 25th Bond movie and Daniel Craig's fifth and final outing as the iconic screen spy – being delayed reminded him of the "trauma" he experienced when releasing his 2009 film 'Sin Nombre' in Mexican cinemas during the swine flu outbreak.

He recalled: "My first movie, 'Sin Nombre', came out during swine flu, and it came out in cinemas in Mexico right when the President of Mexico said, 'Do not go to cinemas.'

"So I had trauma from that experience, and as I was following the news of this, almost every day I was asking (the Bond producers), 'What's the plan, guys? Because this isn't stopping.' "

Cary added: "I don't think anyone could have foreseen how the world came to a complete standstill, but I did think audiences would not be going to cinemas."

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.