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Bond 25: New Director Shoots Down Rumours

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Newly appointed Bond 25 director, Cary Fukunaga, has talked about Daniel Craig’s character arc, while dismissing unfounded rumours about casting.

Fukunaga, who recently replaced Danny Boyle as director of Bond 25 (still untitled) is currently hard at work re-writing and mapping the script.

While obviously hesitant, and somewhat vague, about sharing details – not least because the script isn’t yet complete – Fukunaga has told Inquirer.net that the new 007 movie will bring things full circle for Daniel Craig by continuing the arc first presented in Casino Royale, his (Craig’s) first outing as the super-agent with a license to kill.

“In Daniel Craig’s first Bond movie, Casino Royale, he brought an incredible amount of vulnerability and humanity to the character, which was a big shift from Pierce Brosnan’s run,” Fukunaga said.

“In terms of what I can bring to change the character,” he stated further, “Bond is on a character arc that started with Casino Royale, and I will be carrying that on. There will be changes, I am sure. As in any story, a character has to change in order to have a narrative.”

What the exact ‘character arc’ Fukunaga is talking about here is unknown. Bond’s continued life realizations? Or his regret over the death of Vesper? Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace both complemented each other, as they felt like they were telling similar stories – yet Skyfall changed things up. Where Bond 25 will go is anyone’s guess.

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Bond 25 director Cary Fukunaga oversees Daniel Craig in his last run as James Bond.

Examining these comments ultra-closely, trying to gain meaning from them, it appears as if Fukunaga is confirming he’s not going to change things drastically – which is great. In other words, don’t expect Bond 25 to feel anything like a reboot.

It’s also unknown which supporting characters will be returning to the next 007 movie, however, Fukunaga was quick to shoot down recent unfounded rumours about Q (Ben Whishaw) or Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) returning for Bond 25.

“Who is saying those rumours?” He asked, while adding, “We haven’t finished the screenplay, so there is no way that anyone could know that. Those are two extraordinary actors, so if there is space for them in the story, I would absolutely want them there. But I don’t know yet what it’s going to be.”

Previously Waltz had said that he’s not coming back, but that was before Fukunaga came on board.

Fukanaga is best known for films Sin Nombre, Beasts of No Nation and the first season of HBO series True Detective. His most recent project was Netflix miniseries Maniac starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.

Bond 25 will premier in cinemas on 14 February 2020.

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