There are long-running franchises, and then there's the James Bond movies. 007 has enthralled moviegoers for decades, balancing style and action with each new installment. Daniel Craig has had a strong tenure as Bond, although it will soon come to an end. Cary Joji Fukunaga's No Time to Die will be Craig's fifth and final performance as the MI6 agent. And a new rumor indicates that up to three endings could be filmed to properly guard the blockbuster's secrets.
Spoilers are a dirty word when it comes to major franchises, and the Bond movies are no exception. Eon Productions must guard the events of No Time to Die, especially with Daniel Craig's departure from the role. But could the movie really be filming three different endings? While this ensures secrecy, it would presumably be a ton of work and money spent for naught.
This rumor comes to us from The Sun, and is far from confirmed by the studio. Still, the idea of multiple endings isn't totally knew. Plenty of big projects have been teased to have shot extra footage to throw off the fans and press. There's a ton of hype around No Time to Die, so keeping the blockbuster's events under wraps is important. Especially considering the set was marred with some controversy.
Still, purposefully filming two separate fake endings seems wild. Bond movies are already famously expensive, and No Time to Die did have a delay in filming due to Daniel Craig's on set injury. Security on major franchises like Bond, Star Wars, and the MCU are famously extreme. And aside from avoiding spoilers, sometimes filmmaker do film multiple endings, which utilize for test audiences in the editing process. So perhaps Cary Joji Fukunaga is simply being thorough, and giving the movie options.
It should be interesting to see exactly where the story of No Time to Die will go. While there has been a brief synopsis provided, the movie's tone and story is largely a mystery. But Daniel Craig's tenure as Bond has already been groundbreaking, as the past five movies have embraced serialized storytelling, rather than functioning as an anthology. That will continue with the upcoming movie, which features a bunch of returning cast members, including Spectre's Bond Girl Léa Seydoux aka Dr. Madeleine Swann.
The pressure is certainly on to give Daniel Craig's Bond one final adventure, and the appropriate sendoff. Craig brought a hulking physicality to Bond, and his movies were far more gritty and real, straying away from gadgets and quips. We've watched 007 fight and grieve, losing M and Vesper Lynd over the past decade and change of movies. No Time to Die will see him retired from his career as an agent. At least, until Jeffrey Wright's Felix Leiter comes back into his life.
Our questions will be answered when No Time to Die hits theaters on April 8, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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