Nobody manages to get the world in an uproar before a new film release as unerringly as the 007 franchise. James Bond is a global event that has cinema fans and the press on the edge of their seats. This also is true for “No Time to Die”. Filmpulse Magazine took a look at the secret agent’s latest adventures at the Zurich Film Festival.
“The cast of 007 is changing. Never change what I like to call the James Bond formula: action, humour, exotic locations and pretty girls.” This is how Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli explained the secret of the most successful film series of all time to the international press in 1996 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary.
Bond director Cary Joji Fukunaga originally wanted to be a professional snowboarder, but ended up studying history. After an internship in a film production, he decided to study film at the University of New York (Tisch School of the Arts). In addition to English, he is fluent in French and Spanish.
Cary Joji Fukunaga had his breakthrough in the US in 2014 as director of the acclaimed HBO crime series “True Detective”. He received critical acclaim and a Primetime Emmy Award for his thoughtful production of the eight-episode first season (2014). A remake of Stephen King’s horror novel “It” fell through due to conceptual differences with the producers. Instead, Fukunaga submitted “Beasts of No Nation” in 2015, an independent film that was touted as a possible Oscar contender and was acquired by online streaming service Netflix.
A lot has changed since then. Even what’s called, in newfangled terms, the brand essence of the agent with the double zero. For decades, Bond was the only cinema hero who learned nothing in his adventures: Bond was and remained Bond – and was a huge success with the audience. All of the other movie heroes had to painstakingly mend their ways through self-knowledge before the happy ending. Only with 007 did the world change, but not the character.
Martin Campbell, Marc Forster and Sam Mendes, along with Daniel Craig in front of the camera, gave His Majesty’s agent an updated DNA starting in 2006. They made sure at the last moment that Ladykiller 007 did not end up on the rubbish heap of cinema history as a relic of the cold war.
Still, anyone who adds a sequel to the James Bond phenomenon as a director today is basically a poor guy.
007 is the servant of many masters these days: under the title of great cinema, a world-famous brand must be rejuvenated, the – compared to the sixties, in which Bond saw the light of the screen – incomparably more complex, but also more diffuse zeitgeist must be taken into account, shitstorms and geopolitical boycotts must be avoided and, last but not least, it must be ensured that investments in the triple-digit million range are still a global bomb business despite the triumph of streaming.
Born in 1977, director Cary Joji Fukunaga has taken on these challenges and the legacy of Albert R. Broccoli with “No Time to Die.”
Fukunaga has delivered a Bond film that is consistent every second. The script and the direction continue the threads of the previous films in a virtuoso manner.
In terms of technical brilliance, the new 007 easily holds its own with “Spectre”, “Skyfall”, “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale”. The same goes for the stunts in this Bond film, which would cripple any mere mortal.
This article was automatically translated into English using AI. If you would like to help us improve the quality, we would be happy to hear from you.