Before “No Time To Die” came out, audiences knew it would be the last film in the James Bond franchise, starring Daniel Craig. And sure enough, the film presents a surprising ending to the life ending of Bond, played by Craig.
But apparently, the end of Bond’s story in the film was predicted in the early scenes. The film is being directed by Cary Fukunaga, who recently indicated that he gave audiences a hint that Bond would be joining his beloved Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) by the time the film finished.
Craig made his debut as the titular agent with “Casino Royale” and fell in love with Vesper, who unfortunately died, leaving Bond scarred. Subsequent films showed that Bond still harbored his love for Vesper, though later formed other connections.
The opening scene of “No Time to Die” sees Bond visiting Vesper’s grave, which features an engraving of two skeletons holding a banner with a Latin phrase that seems to indicate that Bond will also die at the end of the adventure.
“There was even a very important Easter Egg on Bond’s visit to Matera,” Fukunaga confirmed to Variety. “Above Vesper’s tomb are two skeletons holding banners carved in stone. That’s a Latin phrase Mark and I saw in the main basilica where the bridge is.”
After all the adventures of James Bond over the years, this installment marks the first time the character has actually died. Fukunaga previously detailed the challenges of giving the character an authentic ending that avoided the implication that he could have survived the film’s ending.
“I’m not trying to be stupid with it,” the filmmaker told Empire Magazine. “I want to make it clear. We didn’t want the scene in Terminator 2 where you see Sarah Connor turn to bone. But we wanted to show that she wasn’t going to jump down a ditch at the last second.”