Note: There will be heavy spoilers discussed in relation to James Bond movie No Time To Die.
It would be an understatement to say that the ending to Daniel Craig’s final James Bond movie, No Time To Die, was a controversial one.
The fandom seemed to be split right down the middle when it came to the reaction to exactly how his journey as the not-so-secret agent was wrapped up.
Craig’s Bond sacrificed himself to save his true love Madeleine (Léa Seydoux) and their daughter, ensuring that the facility built by the villainous Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek) was destroyed for good in the process.
Speaking with Variety about the ending of his final Bond outing, Craig broke down exactly how the conclusion was crafted to ensure it was delivered with emotional weight.
He explained: “If you stay to the end credits, it definitely says, “James Bond will return.” So all is good…
“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. And the greater force being Savin’s weapon. And that it [kills] the only thing that Bond wants in life, is to be with the people he loves and that he can’t be with them, and therefore, there’s nothing worth living for. And he would in fact endanger their lives, and that’s the last thing on earth he wants to do.
“So that element was incredibly important to sort of thread in there, because it couldn’t feel like a random act. It had to have weight - without it, it wasn’t gonna work. And if we hadn’t have got that weight, I don’t think we would’ve done it. We would’ve found another way of ending it.”
The actor has wanted to step down from the Bond role for some time and now that the character has been irreversibly removed from the universe, producers have no choice but to bring in somebody else to take over the mantle.
There were rumours that Lashana Lynch would become the main focus of the film series after taking on the 007 moniker in No Time To Die, that doesn’t appear to be the case as casting for a new James Bond is underway.
We’re not expecting to hear any updates as to who will step up in the near future, but as soon as we do discover anything, we’ll be sure to share it with you all.
No Time To Die is available now on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and Digital Download.