No Time To Die director Cary Fukunaga says there were ‘different endings' planned for 007

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4 Jan 2022, 16:07

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Spoilers ahead if you’ve not caught up with the newest James Bond adventure, but the final moments of the action flick could've looked very different.

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The fate of Daniel Craig’s Bond was seemingly decided a long time before director Cary Fukunaga joined, but he revealed how the iconic spy met his end still had yet to be sorted.

The movie sees James come out of retirement to help save a scientist from villain Safin, played by Rami Malek. After being injected with poison which would mean he could never touch his lover Madeleine Swann (played by Lea Seydoux) or their daughter again, Bond sacrifices himself after calling in a Royal Navy missile strike to take out him and his nemesis. 

Speaking to Variety, Cary admitted while producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson already made up their minds about what should happen, how it happened was all up to Cary. 

While the highly dramatic explosion saw out Daniel's run as the international spy, Cary had other ideas, and originally thought being shot by an unknown assailant could work, before ultimately deciding against it. 

Talking through the different ends, he explained: “A bullet, like an anonymous bullet, I remember that one. But it just seemed like a conventional weapons death didn't seem appropriate. 

“Given how much he had been able to escape from everything else, the fact that it would just be a bullet that always had your name on it from the beginning, while realistic, for Bond it had to be something even beyond that – like the impossible, impossible situation.

"I think the important thing was that we all try to create a situation of tragedy. The idea that there's an insurmountable problem, there's a greater force at play, and there's nothing anybody can do about it.”

007’s death was something Cary was very clear about though, after questions on whether Bond could return started to surface. 

In a chat with Empire, he said: “I wasn’t trying to be obtuse with it. I wanted to be clear with it. But I wanted it to be tasteful. We didn’t want that shot in Terminator 2 where you see Sarah Connor turning into bones.” 

“We wanted to show that he wasn’t going to jump down a sewer at the last second. So that wider shot of the island being pummelled was a mixture of macro and micro.”

The director added: “It felt like closure, like closing off the past, and closing off the story. It’s that last sentence in a paragraph in the last chapter of a book, just to try to make it feel satisfying.”