No Time To Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga thinks Bond movies should use less CGI. Fukunaga, who also co-wrote 2017 Stephen King adaptation IT, first rose to prominence as director and executive producer for the first season of HBO anthology show True Detective, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award. Following the departure of Danny Boyle from the directing position for No Time to Die, Fukunaga’s involvement was announced in September 2018, and his appointment saw some changes to the creative direction the movie would take.
After several delays, caused by creative differences and the global pandemic, the 25th Bond movie was released in the United States on October 8 to widespread critical acclaim and is largely credited with rejuvenating a struggling post-pandemic box office, grossing more than $775 million worldwide, and becoming the third-highest grossing movie of all time in the United Kingdom. The film, which showcased Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond, was praised for its wit, action sequences, and emotional weight, with many viewing it as a satisfying conclusion to the Craig era, which began with 2005’s ‘Casino Royale’.
Speaking in a recent interview with Variety, Fukunaga, who also directed Netflix miniseries Maniac, spoke about the rich and storied history of the Bond franchise, as well as his belief that the reliance on natural stunts should always take precedence over CGI.
As blockbusters have more and more money riding on their successes these days, studios are turning to technology and CGI to get the effects they want in ways that are perceived to be cheaper and less time-consuming. There is no doubt that CGI and green screen usage is starting to become more common in modern movies with good reason.