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Bond Producers Wrote Fake No Time To Die Script To Avoid Spoilers

The producers of the 25th Bond film, No Time To Die, reveal that they had a fake script written up to avoid spoiling the film’s ending.

The producers of the 25th entry in the Bond franchise, No Time To Die, reveal that they had a mock-up script written to avoid ruining the film’s ending. Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time To Die saw Daniel Craig return for his fifth and final outing as iconic superspy James Bond. He was joined by recurring cast members Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, and Christoph Waltz, who reprised his role as the villainous Blofeld from 2015’s Spectre. New additions to the cast included Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, and Rami Malek, who played the film’s primary antagonist, Lyutsifer Safin.


The story of No Time To Die focuses on Craig’s 007 after he quits active service with MI6 to live a peaceful life in Jamaica. However, his tranquility is short-lived, as an old friend from the CIA comes knocking on his door and asking for help to retrieve a kidnapped scientist. The mission takes Bond on a treacherous path which eventually leads to a showdown with a powerful enemy in possession of dangerous new biotechnology. After numerous delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film was finally released in theatres last October, which in the process made Craig’s tenure as Bond the longest of any actor who played the role.

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Now, in a recent episode of Deadline‘s Crew Call podcast, the producers of No Time To Die, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, sit down to discuss what went on behind the scenes to keep the ending of the film under wraps. Broccoli reveals that, while they had to “produce scripts” for the crew members that needed to be “aware” of the original plan, they also had to have a fake version written as a “decoy” where the ending was “removed or rewritten” in case of possible leaks. Check out what she had to say below:

“We’re very confidential with our scripts, but we have to produce scripts for the crew, obviously, and for other people that have to be aware of what we’re doing. So we basically had an alternative version where we just removed or rewrote the ending, that would be a decoy.”

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No Time To Die‘s final stretch in the third act saw Bond and Nomi infiltrate Safin’s headquarters on an island where he was keeping Madeleine Swann and Mathilde captive. While Bond was able to save the duo and help them escape the island, he was ambushed by Safin, who shot him several times and infected him with nanobots programmed to kill Madeleine and Mathilde. Despite his injuries, Bond manages to kill his adversary, but decides to sacrifice himself to save them by staying on the island that is shortly destroyed by incoming missiles.

The lengths that the producers had to go to in keeping the script hidden away are quite understandable, as No Time To Die became the first Bond film to kill off its charismatic lead character. The film continued the ongoing trend of Craig’s era of 007 films by breaking classic Bond conventions in yet another unexpected way, with many viewers and Craig himself rightly calling it a satisfying conclusion to his time as the celebrated spy. Fans of James Bond can revisit Craig’s conclusion as the double-o agent and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the long-spanning franchise when No Time To Die returns to IMAX theatres from January 21.

Next: No Time To Die Proves 007 Can Live On Without James Bond

Source: Deadline

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