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Production designer Dennis Gassner first became aware of “1917” when he received an unexpected email from director Sam Mendes after a roadtrip to Alaska: “Do not do the Bond film. I have a film — very ambitious — sending script.” When the script by Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Caims arrived by email, he read it quickly on his cell phone, and was instantly intrigued about the World War I adventure.
So Gassner turned down “Bond 25” (“No Time to Die,” when Danny Boyle was still signed to direct) and threw himself into Mendes’ passion project.
Absolutely-- just goes to show, once again, that she-- and her team-- are the best gatekeepers to this franchise (spin-offs would be the norm if one of these huge studios took over. And that would water-down James Bond).
- Barbara is the one who suggested the title;
- There’s an action scene in Jamaica - perhaps a continuation of the chase shoot out after the party - with Bond on a seaplane escaping police and flying through a series of big cranes,
- Craig last shot as Bond will be him running down a corridor;
- The article implies that Bond dying in this one is unlikely;
- Safin comes from Swann’s past and has been described as someone “who’s lived in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to take the position he thinks is his rightful one: running the underworld”. Sounds like Safin wants to fill the power vacuum left by Blofeld, or just destroy SPECTRE (killing his members) in order to run his own thing;
- The relationship between Bond and Swann will be the main emotional core of the film. A very complicated relationship. Bond will suffer isolation, loneliness and betrayal all over again. The film will dive into Swann character a lot, like how is growing up with a father like Mr. White or who’s her mother. Bond thinks she betrayed him because of a revelation from her past.
So guys, if you don’t like the idea of another Bond film injected with personal stuff, secrets from the past and emotional resonance from Bond’s perspective well, probably NTTD isn’t your cup of tea...
Everything in this article and the whole tone makes me think that Bond is a goner in this film. If executed well, then I'm into it.
LOL Craig wasn’t dissatisfied with SP. Maybe you are, not him. He even says: “I’m very satisfied with it”.
That’s what the article really says regarding him coming back: “Perhaps there’s simply a feeling of unfinished business”. In other words, Craig felt there was room for exploring the character and Bond’s world even more. Which is even later confirmed by Barbara, when she says that you don’t cast Waltz as ESB just for using him once.
Then, killing Bond was BOYLE big idea and the article implies that seems an unlikely finale for NTTD, since Fukunaga is telling a completely different story.
It's just that Boyle talked of his idea is if it was something the movie would revolve around (e.g. the idea that Bond would spend most of the movie as a prisoner), not just a gimmick like Bond dying at the end. I don't know, wanting to do a Bond movie only because you want to end the movie with his death (or Bond getting married or Bond joining the villain at the very end or whatever) sounds like a weak reason to decide to do a Bond movie.
The point is, your reason to make a Bond movie should be because you've got a good idea to kick off the plot, not something to end it. Usually the selling point of a movie is the premise, not the ending.
I hope I made myself clear.
Thank heavens. Although that was mainly a crowd of one and he's left the premises. Was escorted out, I think. Comme il faut.
Are you talking about pp? Thought he was banned. Don't know why?
If you were a cliff notes writer, 90% of people would fail their exams.
Yeah that's what she said just because it was the last thing they filmed doesn't mean it will be the last part in the movie it's hard to know what will be the last part in the movie. @Zekidk
That’s what I meant to say too. Last shot they filmed.
Ok its intriguing that they brought up Swann's mother did we know she had a mother you think her mother is Irma Bunt?
No. Her mother s name is Snow.
Everyone has a mother. But no, her mother absolutely is not Irma Bunt (hopefully).
It’s quite intriguing. We know White divorced “long ago” but yes I believe her mother will play a role within the Swann/Safin connection. Point is, Swann was saved by Safin, but then? What’s her secret connection with him beside that? Maybe the mother has something to do with this. But I don’t think she will be a known Fleming character...
I think he was, yes. For obvious reasons. I had nothing to do with it, though. Wasn't even here at the time. Nothing more to say about it.
About Barbara, these latest words from her will definitely make for a better sleep come the night. Bond films should be exactly what she says: events. Eagerly awaited cinematic events. And it's good to see she's aware that some are better than others. What a lovely, grand, smart lady.
+1 as long as she is there to protect the legacy we can rest assure, bond is in safe hands.
She's a legend.
Those that want this have an idealised version of Bond they want for themselves, Bond isn't some fanboys wet dream it is totally unique within cinema history, as soon as it loses that aspect then it is just another franchise.
Barbara's words are both comforting and reassuring, no as she said some films have been better than others and she took a different approach to it but I think Cubby would be very proud of what both Barbara and Michael have done since he passed, how could he not be?
There's a lot of things we haven't seen Bond do, dying is one. If it true, I would rather know beforehand, as I would seriously consider not watching NTTD.
Well there is the crux because EON aren't going to let that one out of the bag themselves are they now if this is true.
I personally think this is unlikely but I guess we'll see, you've never really been a fan of this Bond and era, maybe the next guy will be more to your liking and the direction the films all go in.
We all have the era's we have to endure if we want to keep watching this character, mine was Brosnan's and your is Craig.
Thank you for sharing the Empire article @00Dalton7
The few things I took from this, Craig saying he "I did most of the movie with a broken leg" when talking about Spectre. Which is crazy, credit to him
It's interesting that Fukunaga brings up Madeline Swann's mother in the interview. Wonder if that's a part of the story at all?
Not sure what to make of this quote from the article,
"Globe spanning plot that will see him, along the way, constantly flanked and outfoxed by a group of strong, powerful women."
Seems a bit odd to mention Bond being constantly flanked and outfoxed by these ladies. Not sure what to make of it, perhaps it's just good PR by the producers to mention these amazing, beautiful actress's in the film.
I just hope it doesn't turn into a Scooby gang, sort of thing that dogged Spectre. As I don't believe there is nothing more exciting that Bond alone using him wits to go up against the enemy.
I do love what Fukunaga said about the action,
"Hopefully the action is exciting, but it was important that it felt threatening. Rather than thinking about the action before the story, how could the story drive the action"
This quote has got me massively excited for the action in this film. I feel like Fukunaga really understands that the action has to get your blood pumping but still make you marvel at the technical aspect of it, without taking you out of the film.
I really do get the feeling Fukunaga is the right man for the job and he really understands what makes a Bond film magic. I can't wait for this film, since the trailer was released the hype train has really done it's job and got me excited for the film.
Where does it say this events am I reading the same article all I heard Barbara talking was about the me too stuff. Update: it looks like we are talking about the total film article.
@mtm I think why people like it is it's a normal Bond film with emotion not just emotion.