One Major No Time To Die Change The Editors Were Afraid They’d Have To Make

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Pacing is everything when you’re trying to tell a story, especially when it’s supposed to close out 15 years of Daniel Craig as James Bond. Co-writer/director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s No Time To Die is a case study in knowing how to keep an audience enthralled for almost three hours. But when it came down to putting together the final edit, the film’s editors were afraid one major change was going to be requested. It all centers around the mini-horror movie flashback that opens the movie. 

In an IndieWire interview with No Time To Die editors Tom Cross and Elliot Graham, both parties expressed that the opening flashback to the childhood of Léa Seydoux’s Dr. Madeleine Swann felt like a likely casualty. One could see why they would think that, as again, the 25th James Bond movie came in close to the three-hour mark. Expressing those concerns more specifically, Cross laid down why this potential scenario could have been crushing: 

Elliot and I were always concerned that the powers that be were going to have us get rid of the Norway story, or that they have us move it. We knew that we were always fighting length, and once you got into the action, you had to tell that story because it was so braided with the Madeleine betrayal. You had to take it all the way. What we called the ‘Donut square’ with the Aston Martin could’ve ended the pre-title and pick up at the train station after, but it felt like we needed to break when [Bond] broke off his relationship with Madeleine.

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