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Q&A: James Bond director Cary Fukunaga on 'No Time to Die'
NEW YORK (AP) — The film business is inherently full of starts and stops, but few have experienced the phrase “hurry up and wait” quite like “No Time to Die” director Cary Fukunaga. Fukunaga, the 44-year-old filmmaker of “Beasts of No Nation” and the first season of “True Detective,” took the job directing the 25th Bond film after Danny Boyle dropped out. What followed was, for a big-budget movie like “No Time to Die,” a sprint to rewrite the script (with Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Phoebe Waller-Bridge), begin production in spring 2019, wrap by the fall and have the film ready for release in April 2020.
- Lea Seydoux said Daniel Craig would lose in a fight against Tom Cruise.
- Seydoux has starred alongside both leading men who are known for performing their own stunts.
- Seydoux stars in the latest Bond movie, "No Time To Die."
Lea Seydoux believes Daniel Craig, 53, would be no match for Tom Cruise, 59, in a fight, she revealed during an interview with Craig present to promote the new highly anticipated Bond film "No Time To Die."
Seydoux starred alongside Cruise in 2011's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" - and she was asked to compare her experience working with Cruise to Craig on the James Bond as both are known for performing their own daring stunt.
How James Bond author Ian Fleming created a movie icon
The world's most famous spy was born from an insider's knowledge of the British intelligence services and a fondness for women, alcohol, and gambling. With the war over, Fleming worked as foreign manager for The Sunday Times, overseeing the paper's foreign correspondents as he had once overseen British agents. Fleming finally began writing his spy novel at GoldenEye, the author's vacation home in Jamaica, early in 1952. He was encouraged to do so by the fact that his fiancée and longtime lover, Ann, was pregnant and Fleming knew he would need money to support his family.
"In a fight, who would win: Daniel Craig or Tom Cruise," Graham Norton asked Seydoux during an interview to which she laughed and replied: "Tom Cruise, of course."
Seydoux has played Madeleine Swann, the deadly companion to Craig's 007, in three James Bond films. Later during the interview on "The Grahame Norton show," Seydoux said that she returned to the franchise because there had been an improvement in the quality of the film's female roles.
Seydoux also discussed the impact "Fleabag" writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was brought onto the film to rework the script, had on the final film.
"She wrote for us and Lashana [Lynch] as well and she's great," Seydoux said. "I love her I'm a huge fan, actually, but I saw her briefly on set and I wish I had more time with her."
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Now we wait to see how audiences will react to the franchise doing something it has never done in its history.But at the same time, the movie feels very different.
Of Waller-Bridge, Craig added: "We didn't have enough time with her. She's very, very busy, so we got her for snippets and she came in and had a big influence on the script. She's one of the best around and she freed up a lot of things."
Seydoux - who is one of the most successful French actors of her generation - has discussed the evolution of female characters in the Bond franchise extensively during the press run for "No Time To Die."
During a recent, Seydoux said she believed Bond is now less of a "misogynist."
"I think that this time the female characters have more depth and are stronger, but not only stronger because they are skilled and powerful, but also we want to have more interesting female characters - we want to relate to them," she said.
"It's the first time that a female character is coming back - we get to know her and we get to know Madeleine in 'No Time To Die,' so I think that in that sense, it's much more interesting."
"No Time To Die" opens in UK theaters on September 30. The film is Daniel Craig's last outing as 007.
Lea Seydoux debuts pixie cut at The French Dispatch screening in Paris .
The Bond girl, 36, looked chic in her knee-length sleeveless dress, which she wore over a striped collared shirt . © Provided by Daily Mail Gorgeous Lea Seydoux, 36, debuted a light blonde pixie cut while in a modest black-and-white ensemble at The French Dispatch screening at Cinema UGC Normandie in Paris on Sunday Lea drew attention to her slim waist with the help of a chunky black belt and boosted her height with shiny black heeled thigh-high boots. The French actress accessorised with statement diamond stud earrings but all attention was on her shorter, and much blonder locks.