Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux on the Style and Sentimentality of ‘No Time to Die’

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You’ve worked on this franchise for 15 years. What was the hardest part to say goodbye to?

DC: I think wrapping the film. What I’m going to miss most about Bond is making the films. I never get used to [the press tour]. It’s always felt like a foreign thing to me, and I’ve never felt completely comfortable doing it. I love talking about the movie and I love talking about the process of making the movie and that’s really what I’ll miss. Not many people get a chance to do Bond movies, and I’ve been privileged enough to be able make five of them with the most extraordinary people, from Léa to the incredible crews and technicians. That sort of camaraderie and family atmosphere that we have on a Bond set I will miss desperately.

What about for you Léa? You’re the first Bond girl to have a full story arc across multiple films. When you finished Spectre, did you have any idea that Madeleine’s story would continue?

Léa Seydoux: No, I didn’t expect to come back. I actually thought that Spectre was going to be Daniel’s last film. But I was really happy to come back after five years, because we shot Spectre quite a long time ago. It was very interesting to explore the same character but this time with a different director. I loved the story of No Time to Die, and the relationship between Bond and Madeleine, and I was really happy about the fact that it was unconventional, with this great material to work with.

I realized I referred to you as a Bond girl, which perhaps is a little reductive in this instance.

DC: I was going to jump on you from a great height then, but then I thought, no, I don’t want to do that. [laughs] I mean, let’s not be too serious about it, but we tried to push that expression away as much as possible.

What were some of the conversations you were having about how to define Madeleine’s character in that sense?

DC: I don’t think it was ever one conversation. When we’re putting the movies together and thinking about the plot, with any character, if they’re not relevant, if they don’t mean something, that they don’t have any impact in the film, and that goes across the board. So to then say that the Bond girl should be there to serve that specific purpose feels archaic. All the characters have to have an impact. We want to have very strong female characters in the movie because I think that makes for better drama. It’s a very selfish reason, really. Movies are boring if you just have characters to serve a certain ideal.

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