Cary Fukunaga’s ‘No Time to Die’ Opening Brings Back the ‘It’ Horror Movie He Never Made
Daniel Craig's James Bond films start with a bang, from the black and white brawl in "Casino Royale" to the opening shootout in "Specter". Fans who expect Craig's final 007 gig "No Time to Die" to begin with a similar spectacle of action will surely be disappointed. "No Time to Die" director Cary Fukunaga revealed to the Wall Street Journal that his Bond opening was drawn from more horror films than action films to make a 007 film that felt more like a psychological thriller. The opening has shades of the Stephen King "It" adaptation that Fukunaga never did.
As the Wall Street Journal reports, “Typically, the pre-title sequences are throwaway scenes full of car chases, violence, and sex. And every Bond movie except the first one (which didn't have a pre-title sequence) has 007 in it. With the opening scene, however, Fukunaga defies tradition in every way: It's slow, visually captivating, with French subtitles, and completely devoid of borrowings. "
Instead, Fukunaga's opening focuses on Lea Seydoux 'Madeleine and tells of a tragic childhood encounter in which “Safin (Rami Malek), wearing a Japanese Noh mask, kills her mother, chases Madeleine through the house and she on one chasing frozen lake. "A clown is chasing a child through the house," says Fukunaga with a laugh. "Yeah, it's like I brought 'It' back from Bond in the first five minutes."
The Warner Bros. two-film franchise "It" was originally developed by Fukunaga, who eventually left the film due to creative differences. The filmmaker retained a script for the first film, which was released in 2017 to garner strong reviews and blockbuster box office sales worldwide. Fukunaga told Variety in 2015 that he left "It" after Warner Bros. refused to make a more character-centric horror film without "conventional" set pieces.
"They didn't want characters. They wanted archetypes and horrors," said Fukunaga. "I wrote the script. They wanted me to do a much more innocuous, more conventional script. But I don't think you're doing Stephen King right and it's harmless can do. "
Fukunaga: “The main difference was making Pennywise more than just a clown. After 30 years of villains who could read characters' emotional minds and scare them and try to find really sadistic and intelligent ways, he scares kids, and the kids had real lives too before they were scared. And all of that character work takes time. It's a slow build, but well worth it, especially with the second movie. But it definitely pays off in the first film. "
While Fukunaga never made his "It" movie, he seems to have brought a bit of that horror spirit into his Bond movie. "No Time to Die" will open in US cinemas on April 2, 2021.
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