Daniel Craig is already sleepwalking through promotion for ‘No Time to Die’

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It probably is an age thing – I’m old enough to appreciate the James Bond franchise and enjoy all of these big, dumb movies. I thought Skyfall and Casino Royale were big, fun, stupid movies. I thought Quantum of Solace and Spectre were trash. The youths don’t really care though, do they? So with that, No Time To Die will be Daniel Craig’s final Bond film. And I’m already starting to feel like this one is going to be more on the side of Spectre and Quantum. Daniel Craig already seems to be phoning it in, promotionally. And even the hype pieces – like this Entertainment Weekly cover story – feel weak and bored. Some highlights:

Why Craig didn’t want to come back: Assuming Craig isn’t just appearing in No Time to Die for the cash — which seems unlikely given the Craig household also benefits from the income of his movie-star wife, Rachel Weisz — what changed his mind? “I finished that movie with a broken leg,” says the actor, who underwent arthroscopic surgery after injuring his knee shooting a fight scene with Spectre costar Dave Bautista. “I had to question myself: Was I physically capable of doing [another one] or did I want to do another one? Because that phone call to your wife saying ‘I’ve broken my leg’ is not pleasant.”

Barbara Broccoli convinced him: Eventually, Craig decided that he was up to the physical challenge of another Bond, with encouragement from the franchise’s longtime producer Barbara Broccoli. “He felt at the end of the last movie he’d kind of done it,” she explains. “I said to him, ‘I don’t think you have, I think there’s still more of the story of your Bond to tell.’ Fortunately, he came around to agree with that.”

Craig insisted that Phoebe Waller-Bridge be brought in: Cary Fukunaga worked on a new screenplay in collaboration with veteran Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, as well as Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum). In spring 2019, Fleabag creator-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge also contributed to the script on Craig’s recommendation; the actor admired her writing on Killing Eve. “She’s the best f—ing writer around,” he says. Craig previously dismissed rumors that Waller-Bridge was simply hired to flesh out the movie’s female roles, telling a reporter from The Sunday Times that was “f—ing ridiculous.”

[From EW]

I like that Craig was the one pushing Phoebe forward to work on the script. Her involvement is actually what interests me most about No Time To Die – I’m very curious to see her fingerprints on the story and dialogue, and I do not believe that she was hired to solely punch up the female characters’ lines. Rami Malek goes on to say in this piece that Phoebe did a lot with his villain character. As for the rest of it… God knows. I mean, I’ll see it. But wow, I wish Barbara Broccoli had not been so insistent that Craig return for one last film. They’re all sleepwalking through this.

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  1. PlaidSheets says:

    That cast picture is jarring. He looks like the dad. I say this as someone who loves Daniel Craig.

  2. A says:

    Ngl his face sometimes reminds me of Jeremy Renner and that’s very disturbing .

  3. Mee says:

    The black had to stand like that, knee bent, because she’s so much taller than the others. Which means she’s 5’7”….

  4. Elisa says:

    I’m looking forward to Christoph Waltz. The trailer was kind of meh, though.

    • Maddie says:

      christopher waltz is in Woody Allen’s latest movie. he can go eff off. cancelled Rami after he sold his soul for an oscar.

      LOVE Lashana Lynch. I can’t wait to see more of her! I hope she gets even bigger roles w/more recognition.

      Honestly, I don’t know anyone under 30 who gives a sh/t about this franchise…also holy photoshop! That cover w/Craig & Malek faces is…really creepy.

  5. Marcy says:

    Ugh. I love this man, but he has clearly checked out. Gonna wait for the stream/DVD.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Those are some awful pictures (EW). Wow. Four movie stars and you drain all the life out of them.