Cary Joji Fukunaga, the director of the latest James Bond film, No Time To Die, believes that Bond movies should not use too much CGI.
The recent Bond movie will be the last to star Daniel Craig, and it featured many witty scenes, spellbinding action sequences, and lots of emotional depth. To many, the movie was a very satisfying way to end John Craig's immensely successful role as James Bond.
Craig first played a role in 2005 in Casino Royale.
No Time To Die was released in the US on October 8, and it received a lot of positive responses. Many people think the film helped revive the struggling box office, which was still reeling from the effects of the pandemic.
The film raked in more than $775 million worldwide, and it managed to become the third-highest-grossing film of all time in the UK.
Fukunaga was brought in to direct No Time To Die in September 2018 after Danny Boyle left. After he was brought in, the project had a slightly different creative direction, and the changes clearly worked out for the best.
The 44-year-old Fukunaga was also behind Maniac, a Netflix miniseries. He believes that James Bond has a rich and layered history, and he also strongly believes that natural stunts offer the best experience.
As far as Fukunaga is concerned, CGI should be avoided if possible in a James Bond film:
"In a Bond film, where stunts are being done for real, where so much of it is tangible and on-screen, you're much more vulnerable to VFX that somehow undermine that sense of reality that you're trying to create. So you have to be much more, judicious in the use of it."
His rise to fame came with his role as director and executive producer in True Detective during the HBO show's first season. His efforts won him a Primetime Emmy Award. Fukunaga also co-wrote IT, a Stephen King adaptation, in 2017.
The use of CGI has been rampant, especially in big-budget films, as they create effects much faster. The problem is that the technology is being used even in cases where it is not necessary.
As Fukunaga has mentioned, CGI takes away a level of authenticity from films that use too much of it. It was for this reason he decided to avoid it whenever he could when filming No Time To Die.
Still, even if Fukunaga harbors these sentiments, it is not clear if they will become a tradition within the franchise in the future.
To begin with, as they make a transition from Daniel Craig to another James Bond, there might be a new creative direction for the popular character. Consequently, they might have to use more CGI and VFX.
Of course, the franchise is strongly linked to the use of technology, including the invisible car in No Time To Die. That said, the films have always tried to have an authentic feel, which is why natural stunts are more suitable for the movie than CGI.
It is pretty apparent that Fukunaga wanted to honor the long-standing tradition of James Bond films by keeping them grounded in reality. Without a doubt, fans of the long-running franchise can only hope the tradition will be honored in subsequent Bond films.