It goes without saying that the political climate influences almost every movie under the sun. Be it in the small, unnoticeable ways or the overt ones, it’s impossible for art not to be influenced by the culture in which it is made. The events of 9/11 heaviliy influenced Daniel Craig’s James Bond. Gone were the goofier, more ridiculous aspects of the character in favor of the “dark and gritty” approach that permeated the 2000s. No Time to Die is no exception.
Like its previous movies, our current political climate had an impact on No Time to Die. Star Daniel Craig confirmed this in a recent interview with GQ.
“We struggled to keep Trump out of this film,” Craig told the outlet. “But of course it is there. It’s always there, whether it’s Trump, or whether it’s Brexit, or whether it’s Russian influence on elections or whatever.”
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Sadly, it wasn’t clear just how No Time to Die is political, but ever since Bond skewed more grounded, it’s opened up its potential to tackle politics. Just how does the world of Donald Trump and Brexit play into the latest spy movie? All I can say is that it’s quite fitting for a franchise that transformed following one of the most tragic events in U.S. history.
That being said, I suppose we can’t pretend it was just the political landscape single-handedly changed the franchise. In addition to 9/11, movies like Austin Powers poked fun at typical spy tropes.
“We felt the world has changed and the nature of these films has to change,” longtime producer Barbara Broccoli recalled on the heels of Die Another Day. “It wasn’t just recasting the role,” Broccoli said. “It was a new century and a new era. It felt like we had to redefine.”
And redefined they have, for better and for worse. Without a doubt, the character will continue to evolve. With No Time to Die being Daniel Craig’s last outing as Bond, we can expect to see the next iteration play out much differently in the ever-changing political climate we all live in and loathe.
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