We still have to wait a while before seeing if Cary Fukunaga was a worthy pick to take on the Bond franchise with “No Time to Die,” but it seems he already has some fans in the form of the franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. The producers tease a potential return to the franchise for Fukunaga and call his film “one of the best Bond films ever.”
The Wall Street Journal has the story, with extensive interviews with Cary Fukunaga as he prepared for the film’s release earlier this year, and how he’s been dealing with the film’s delays. The article also includes interviews with other key players in the film, including Barbara Broccoli who called Fukunaga “a perfectionist” and said “He far exceeded anyone’s expectations. He’s made probably one of the best Bond films ever…. He’s delivered a film on an epic scale, but it also has a tremendous, tremendous intimacy…. It’s a classic Bond movie but also a Cary Fukunaga film.”
So they liked what they saw in the film, now what? Though it was common for Bond directors to whelm multiple projects back in the day, we haven’t seen a director take on back-to-back Bond films since John Glen‘s five-movie run in the ’80s (with the exception of Sam Mendes). That being said, Cary Fukunaga is not against reuniting on another Bond film, and Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson even seem to tease some future collaboration with the director. “He’s certainly someone we’ll work with again,” Wilson said.
In the meantime, we’ll have to wait to see “No Time to Die,” as the film was once again pushed back and is now set to be released in 2021, but Fukunaga supports the decision. “I think they made a very smart decision to be one of the first to say out loud, ‘This is a big thing. We’re moving the film,’” Fukunaga said. “Because a lot of people were in denial. Some still are.”