After 15 years in the shoes of the most famous secret agent in cinema, Daniel Craig bows out in Dying Can Wait, available on DVD and Blu-Ray. On this occasion, here are 007 anecdotes about this film by Cary Joji Fukunaga to review now.
1. IMPRESSIVE LONGEVITY
Finally available on DVD and Blu-Ray, Dying Can Wait is the 25th film in the James Bond franchise launched almost 60 years ago on the big screen with James Bond 007 against Dr No, carried by the unforgettable Sean Connery.
The latest adventure of the famous spy also marks the end of an era for the man who elegantly wore the traditional black Agent 007 tuxedo since 2006. 15 years after Casino Royale, Daniel Craig bids farewell to the character born from imagination of writer Ian Fleming in a spectacular and emotional feature film!
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2. A WELL SURROUNDED SPY
While speculation is rife regarding the identity of his successor, Daniel Craig finds for this ultimate mission many faces well known to fans of the saga. Dying Can Wait brings together Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner) and Christoph Waltz (Blofeld).
James Bond can also count on the help of new major allies, the secret agent Nomi and the CIA spy Paloma, respectively embodied by Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas. Without forgetting the presence of Rami Malek in the role of Safin, the great enemy of the spy in this 25th opus.
3. A RETURNING FRENCH
Have we forgotten someone? Far from it… Also back in Dying Can Wait, French actress Léa Seydoux (The French Dispatch, La Vie d’Adèle) is the second Bond Girl in the history of the franchise to appear in two consecutive films, after the late Eunice Gayson (James Bond 007 vs. Dr. No, Kisses from Russia). She again embodies Madelein Swann, the role she held in Specter in 2015.
4. AN EXPLOSIVE RECORD
The film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective) is not only the longest of the saga with 2h43 on the clock, it is also the most expensive with a budget of 250 million dollars (for comparison, the budget of Specter was of 245 million dollars, and that of Skyfall reached 200 million).
Released in theaters in October 2021, Dying Can Wait also set another record: that of the largest quantity of explosives used in a single take, with the equivalent of 136.4 kg of TNT. Enough to offer spectators an explosive conclusion!
5. VOICELESS RAMI MALEK FACING JAMES BOND
While appearing on the show The Graham Norton Show for the promotion of the film, Rami Malek revealed that he was a little intimidated by his co-star Daniel Craig on the set. So much so that the American actor even forgot a few lines, reassuring himself: “Oh, it’s because I’m staring James Bond straight in the eye”. A touching anecdote that highlights the influence of Daniel Craig in this cult franchise.
6. THE COMMON POINT BETWEEN JAMES BOND AND DANIEL CRAIG
Much less courageous than his character, as he confided in 2015 to Esquire, Daniel Craig, however, shares a real point in common with the secret agent. In September 2021 he was appointed Honorary Commander of the Royal Navy. A very nice distinction for the British actor who thus reaches the same rank as that of James Bond, the hero he played for the first time in the cinema more than 15 years ago.
7. A WINK AT IAN FLEMING
At the start of Dying Can Wait, James Bond has left the secret services and is living happy days in… Jamaica. A symbolic place, and a nice nod to the novelist Ian Fleming, since it was precisely on the Caribbean island where he lived every winter that the latter wrote the adventures of the most famous secret agent in cinema!
Rediscover now Dying Can Wait, the 25th installment of the James Bond saga, on DVD and Blu-Ray.
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Dying Can Wait on DVD and Blu-Ray: 007 Things to Know About the Last James Bond with Daniel Craig