James Bond: 007’s First American Director Says He “Profited From Being A Stranger” During Filming | Ents & Arts News

It took 25 Bond films for an American director to sit in the chair and make the decisions.

The honor of directing the last movie was awarded to California native Cary Fukunaga, who along with the likes of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, also wrote No time to die.

He told Sky News that being an American in charge of an iconic piece of British culture gave him a new perspective on the job that British filmmakers may not have had.

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Fukunaga says Daniel Craig will be considered one of the best Bonds. Photo: Nicola Dove / MGM

Fukunaga said: “I was once told, for example, that if you go to a city, an outsider will see more detail in a city than someone who lives there, and when I did Jane Eyre, I think I probably benefited from being outside the city. experience of seeing so many other Jane Eyre adaptations that never made it to America.

“In terms of Bond … as much as Americans think Bond is as much theirs as the British, I don’t know if there is a big difference.

“I think Bond belongs to the world, but let’s say that if the movie turns out well, it benefited because I was an American.”

James Bond is the oldest film franchise in the world, and the latest marks Daniel Craig’s latest outing as the spy.

Fukunaga says that the recognizable nature of the role around the world is just one reason for its enduring appeal.

“I don’t know what other franchises have held out for so long, especially with such a unique character and his portrayal of the character,” he told Sky News.

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“Obviously, Bond has changed and developed over the years, but at heart he’s still a very recognizable role with recognizable tropes.

“I think part of what makes him so durable is people’s first love for him, but also the way he runs his business and how it has changed over time.

“But he’s still a great cat, and when he’s put in a dangerous situation, he handles it so easily, and I think that aspirational side is something, especially I would say, in times of pandemic.

“If there was someone who could handle things as coolly as Bond, the world could be a safer place.”

Lashana Lynch and Daniel Craig in No Time To Die.  Photo: Nicola Dove / MGM
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Lashana Lynch and Daniel Craig in No Time To Die. Photo: Nicola Dove / MGM

Speaking about Daniel Craig’s legacy, Fukunaga said: “I would like to think that he will be remembered as the best or as one of the best.

“And I think part of that is the benefit of having movies that connect, because sometimes, in previous iterations, these movies felt very different, one to the other did not necessarily connect with previous versions.

“Daniel goes from movie to movie to movie to movie; there’s a kind of logic to the path that he’s headed for, so I think it feels like a much more epic interpretation of the character because those stages connect.”

No Time To Die hits theaters on September 30.

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