No Time To Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga said he still writes the script for the film after filming ends, stating that for parts of the third act the process was almost like a Choose Your Own Adventure novel. .
In an interview with Esquire Middle East, the director looked at his time on Bond 25. When he first took the helm, Fukunaga had limited time to develop the script before production began – a factor that seems to have driven the director to continue working on his script as the film entered after filming. production.
“With Maniac, we were writing while we were filming, and after we were done I thought to myself that I would never do it again,” Fukunaga told Esquire, referring to his Netflix show with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. “But then with Bond, we were still writing when we were done. I was even post writing!
Part of the difficulty for Fukunaga came from the fact that Daniel Craig himself injured his ankle at the start of filming. With the film’s lead role limited, the director was forced to start writing and filming scenes out of the blue with uncertainty as to how they would be put together in the film’s final cut.
“I was writing a dialogue that was intentional enough, but vague enough, that I could apply it to a number of different things that happen in the third act. It was almost like a ‘Choose your own adventure’ novel writing these pages: ‘If it happens here and you have to go here, then this page will work for it,’ “he said.
“When we finally edited the movie, it all made sense, it all fit together somehow. But I’m going to tell you a secret, which I think is okay now that we’re so close to the movie. released, there are pieces that Ralph Fiennes says in the trailer that neither Ralph nor I knew exactly why he was saying it, ”Fukunaga said.
Luckily for Fukunaga, No Time To Die had a team of seasoned actors who each brought their own thoughts and ideas throughout the production. “I would look at what I had written and say, ‘look, I’m sorry, Ralph, this is the really non-subtext version of that,’ and then I would ask Ralph to deliver something that transforms my line from. throwaway shit into something awesome. And Rory Kinnear would know what’s going to happen and add his own line, and I’d say, ‘Rory, that’s one hell of a line.’
To his credit, Fukunaga was not the first director attached to Bond 25. The American director entered the role after he was released by Oscar winner Danny Boyle who cited creative differences as the reason for his departure. By taking the helm, Fukunaga had a fraction of the usual time needed to prepare the script. He was also not solely responsible for the script, which was also worked out by Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
No Time To Die has already hit theaters in 54 markets and premieres in the US on October 8. Despite an unconventional approach to completing the film’s script, No Time To Die has set several records since its release with a debut international box office of $ 119 million. . For more on Bond’s latest blockbuster, be sure to check out this post detailing the film’s ending and our No Time To Die review.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter.