It’s pretty incredible to think that James Bond has remained one of the greatest movie franchises of all time and produced 26 films all while sticking to roughly the same formula. Sure, he’s gone everywhere from underground lairs to space, but all the reliable elements are always there: A villain, a romantic interest, an evil plan, and our infallible super spy.
Most recently, Daniel Craig’s 007 has been one of the most revolutionary in the franchise’s storied history, adding an emotional depth to the character, along with an air of prestige cinema, thanks to phenomenal performances and the Oscar caliber work of filmmakers like Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins.
So, it’s only fitting that Craig’s final outing as Bond be just as bold and cerebral as the rest of his chapter. And it sounds like director Cary Fukunaga originally had some pretty wild ideas for his Bond movie. As he said in a conversation for Interview Magazine:
I had an idea that this movie could all be taking place inside the villain’s lair from the last film. There’s this scene where a needle goes into James Bond’s head, which is supposed to make him forget everything, and then he miraculously escapes by a watch bomb. And then he and Léa blow up the place, and go on to save the day. I was like, “What if everything up until the end of act two is all inside his head?”
Certainly nothing this formally or conceptually complicated has ever been attempted in a James Bond movie. But if anyone could have pulled it off, it’s the guy who made Netflix’s Maniac, which also digs deep into the human psyche—complete with the dream sequences and non-reality journeys that Fukunaga is describing here. It even sounds like something of a meta-commentary on the Bond franchise itself, with Craig visiting scenarios and locations of the early 007 days of the ’60s.
I’m sure No Time to Die, when it’s finally released this fall, will be a perfectly fitting end to Craig’s run as Bond. But I want to see this spy movie that Fukunaga originally dreamed up.
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