BEHIND THE MASK

BEHIND THE MASK

May 04, 2021

BEHIND THE MASK

No Time To Die is set for release in September 2021 and pre-launch trailers show the mysterious Safin in a series of Noh-style masks. Here Suttirat Anne Larlarb, the film's Costume Designer, gives us an insight into the inspiration and making process of the movie mask.

“We started from an initial piece of visual reference of a Japanese Noh mask because of its pure, expressionless, clean look. The first steps initiated were several days of clay sculpting to finesse the ‘expression’ of expressionlessness… which was a lot more difficult than that sounds. We wanted to remove anything that felt like an expressive human detail while remaining true to a human face - so the mask could reside somewhere between inhuman, artificial and a serene stare. We worked on minimising as many facial planes as possible, any spaces, sockets, dips where shadows could inadvertently cue an expression or depth - but I also wanted there to be enough dimension and reality so that it didn’t look flat. After several days of sculpting, and then several more sessions of me working with our sculptor, the mask was 3D-scanned into a digital model for the next stage of the design process. One of the 3D artists added the wood grain surface texture that is readable under the coats of paint on the surface of the mask - just as a real Noh mask would have."

The prop masks have been made into high quality numbered edition replicas and will soon be available to order by collectors. The No Time To Die Safin Mask - Complete Edition is exclusive to 007Store and will be accompanied by the Fragmented Mask and a Twin Set. Each is numbered and will come with a display stand and certificate of authenticity from the Bond Archive.