No Time To Die, the 25th film in the franchise, is finally hitting the big screen on September 30, after a series of lengthy delays.
Daniel Craig leads an all-star cast in the blockbuster, alongside Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch and Léa Seydoux.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk about what it was like working on the 007 blockbuster, casting director Debbie McWilliams revealed that bosses hired an apprentice in each department in an attempt to get ‘fresh new blood’ into the industry.
‘What I thought was highly admirable on this last one is that Barbara Broccoli, and Michael Wilson asked each and every head of department to take on an apprentice at their expense, because they’re so aware of the need for new young blood in the film industry,’ she told us.
‘There just aren’t enough people, and there aren’t enough people from different ethnic backgrounds, for instance.
‘When I first started, and even up until fairly recent times, you never saw anyone other than a white man on the set, and that’s just crazy.’
Debbie also revealed her pride that Barbara and Michael took the steps themselves and changed things behind-the-scenes.
‘We each took on somebody, and my person has gone on to continue working and I’m very proud of that. I’m very proud of Barbara and Michael for taking the initiative to do that, which is great,’ she continued.
‘Also, they’ve started this film academy in north London for young kids to go to, to train up to be in the film industry. There’s never been anything like that before.
‘In any job in the film industry, you have to know somebody, that’s what’s wrong about it. No jobs are advertised, it’s all word of mouth and that created a very unfair, imbalanced workforce.
‘So anything that can be done to change that and make it more open and more receptive is all for the good.’
No Time To Die is in cinemas on September 30.
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