Daniel Craig is joined by a cast of new characters in his fifth and final appearance as 007, including Ana de Armas, Billy Magnussen, Latasha Lynch, and Rami Malek, who plays the newest Bond villain. Bond is called out of retirement to track down a secret villain and save a kidnapped scientist in the movie, which was co-written by Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
James Bond writer Sebastian Faulks, ahead of an upcoming appearance on this Sunday’s ‘Love Your Weekend’ on ITV with Alan Titchmarsh, apparently blasted attempts to make British superspy ‘sensitive’. Faulks was commissioned by the estate of the late Ian Fleming, who created the character, to write the 2008 Bond novel Devil May Care. The writer, who’s interpretation of the spy was praised by critics, has insisted that attempts to make the character more “sensitive” have been unsuccessful.
In a 2013 interview with the Telegraph, he said: “I thought I would invest him with some serious thoughts. It didn’t work. It was unconvincing. It made him look not thoughtful, but slightly gay.”
Despite Faulks claims that Bond should not demonstrate sensitivity, No Time To Die producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said the much-anticipated new Bond will see a completion of the character’s emotional arc.
Ms. Broccoli said: “The film feels like a good bookend to Casino [Royale], because his emotional evolution gets to a place where we’ve never seen before. So that’s pretty exciting.”
Reports have been circulating that James Bond is replaced by a woman and that Waller-Bridge had been brought in to add a more feminine touch to the script. We’ll know very soon what the outcome is as No Time to Die has an official release date of Sept. 30 in the U.K. and Oct. 8 in the U.S., essentially a year-and-a-half later than its original intended release.