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Alternate Ending Ideas For No Time To Die Confirmed By James Bond Director

The last film for Daniel Craig’s James Bond, No Time To Die hit theaters in October. As Craig bid farewell to the beloved character, something massive happened onscreen that has never taken place in a Bond film before.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead!

No Time To Die
No Time To Die

In the final moments of No Time To Die, Daniel Craig’s Bond sacrifices himself, making him the first Bond in film history to actually die. Actor Daniel Craig and director Cary Joji Fukunaga recently spoke with Variety about the shocking ending of the film and revealed some alternate endings for Bond.

“Blowing him up in a rocket,” Fukunaga replied when he was asked about some other ways Bond could have died. “Bad oyster!” Craig joked. Fukunaga added, “A bullet, like an anonymous bullet, I remember that one. But it just seemed like a conventional weapons death didn’t seem appropriate. Given how much he had been able to escape from everything else, the fact that it would just be a bullet that always had your name on it from the beginning, as a sort of the thematic element seemed, while realistic, for Bond it had to be something even beyond that – like the impossible, impossible situation.”

“I think the important thing was that we all try to create a situation of tragedy,” Craig explained. “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.”

This past month Craig appeared on No Time To Die: The Official James Bond Podcast, revealing more about the movie’s ending.

Daniel Craig in No Time To Die
Daniel Craig in No Time To Die

“There were lots of different ideas that came and went and some of it stuck. The through-line of this is family [and] love, plus the fact we had an end so it was about hanging the film off that,” Craig explained. He went on to describe the movie’s ending as “really very, very satisfying.”

No Time To Die is now available on VOD, DVD, 4K, and Blu-ray.

Vasu Sharma
Vasu Sharma

Vasu Sharma is the Content Head at Animated Times, supervising the Editorial Board at Animated Times. He's 25 years old and has done his master's in journalism from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.

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