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No Time To Die: The Official James Bond Podcast launched its seventh episode, featuring new and exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes access to one of the world’s favourite film franchises.
In this new episode, film critic James King talks to the cast and crew for the first time since the film’s launch.
The 25th film in EON’s 60 year franchise, No Time To Die – was unveiled in September 2021.To date, the global box-office takings have reached $765 million.
On the continuing success, Director Cary Joji Fukunaga says “that kind of support, that kind of love for the character, is amazing… the fact that audiences get to experience it and experience the magic of cinema in cinemas with other people and have the laughs, have the terror and the cries. That’s why we make movies to have that experience”.
Writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge talks about her love of the wit of James Bond, while longtime screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade discuss the logline they referred to during development “he had nothing to live for and then found something to die for” which Barbara Broccoli calls “the perfect kind of encapsulation”.
Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould explains how he kitted out Bond’s famed Aston Martin DB5, whilst also setting records with the massive explosions at the end of the film.
Other crafts experts discuss how they pulled off the remarkable sinking trawler scene, including how production sound mixer Simon Hayes used as much original performance audio as possible, not relying on ADR (additional dialogue recording) in post-production. Hayes explains, “It was a very real scene for the actors, a room really was filling up with water…I was so impressed with their ability to be able to act in that kind of situation. And that tenseness and desire to get out of there really comes across in their dialogue.”
Each veteran crew member discusses how they never let the spectacle overwhelm the emotions of the characters. Set decorator Veronique Melery speaks about her inspiration from past Bond designs on such props as the paintings of M.
Director of Photography Linus Sandgren speaks about the immersive way the team filmed each scene to stay close to Bond, even during action sequences.
Production designer Mark Tildsley reveals his secrets in creating that momentous Cuba sequence.
In his final outing as James Bond, Daniel Craig speaks about why it’s so important that Bond contends with such strong women in No Time To Die, he describes Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas and Lea Seydoux as “phenomenal, phenomenal actors.”
Longtime producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli talk about keeping Bond history alive while also moving into new territory. They reveal the tough choices made about the emotional “finale of all finales” – and how they kept this huge secret under wraps. “I think that the writers did a great job in getting us there. And of course, Daniel’s performance is extraordinary,” Broccoli says of the final scene.
No Time To Die was launched in cinemas globally from September 30th through Universal Pictures International and from October 8th in the US through MGM via their United Artists Releasing banner.