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

You worked on this franchise for 15 years. What was the hardest parting from?

DC: I think to package the film. What I will miss most about Bond are the films. I never get used to it [the press tour]. It has always felt like a stranger to me and I’ve never felt completely comfortable with it. I love talking about the movie and I love talking about the making process of the movie and that’s what I’m really going to miss. Not many people get the chance to make Bond films, and I’ve had the privilege of doing five of them with the most extraordinary people, from Léa to the amazing crews and technicians. I will very much miss the kind of camaraderie and family atmosphere that we have on a Bond set.

What is it for you, Léa? You’re the first Bond girl to have a full story arc spanning multiple films. When you’re done spookDid you have any idea that Madeleine’s story would continue?

Léa Seydoux: No, I didn’t expect to come back. I actually thought Specter would be Daniel’s last film. But I was very happy to come back after five years, because we shot Specter 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 Bond and Madeleine relationship, and I was really happy that it was unconventional to work with this great material.

I realized that I call you a Bond girl, which in this case may be a little pared down.

DC: Back then I wanted to jump on you from a great height, but then I thought, no, I don’t want that. [laughs] I mean, let’s not be too serious about this, but we’ve tried to push that phrase out as much as possible.

What conversations did you have about how to define Madeleine’s character in this sense?

DC: I don’t think it was ever a conversation. When we put the films together and think about the plot, with any characters, when they’re not relevant, when they don’t mean anything, that they don’t affect the movie, and that goes over the board. So to say that the Bond girl should be there to serve this particular purpose feels archaic. All characters must have an influence. We want very strong female characters in the film because I think that makes the drama better. This is really a very selfish reason. Movies are boring if you only have characters who serve a certain ideal.

No cash to assist stretch SNAP {dollars} at farmers markets in state price range – Albert Lea Tribune

By Tim Pugmire, Minnesota Public Radio News

Farmers’ markets are a staple summer in many Minnesota communities, but not everyone who shops there has the means to pay the farmers for what they grow.

A program called Market Bucks was designed to encourage some of these Minnesotans to use federal benefits – formerly called grocery stamps and now known as SNAP – to pay for healthy groceries at farmers’ markets. Participants will get a $ 10 game when they spend $ 10.

The program is particularly popular with seniors, said Colleen Moriarty, executive director of the nonprofit Hunger Solutions.

“It’s important because it helps people with limited access to food, the elderly and others, have more fresh fruits, vegetables, and Minnesota-grown products in their diets,” Moriarty said. “And that improves their health outcomes and improves access to food they might not otherwise have.”

The program doesn’t cost much compared to the total budget of $ 50 billion.

The DFL-controlled house put $ 325,000 in its draft agriculture budget for Market Bucks, but the Republican-controlled Senate had nothing. The position of the Senate prevailed in the negotiations. Senator Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, presented the position to members of the finance committee.

“This program essentially enables the double-dip for everyone on SNAP,” Westrom said. “Overall, there are other priorities or areas that are also competing for funding.”

Senate minority leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, said she heard from farmers across the state who see Market Bucks as a valuable program. It should be a priority, said Kent.

“I don’t understand why it is twice that. I don’t understand, ”said Kent. “This feeds the people and makes feeding the people a priority. So I’m very disappointed. “

State Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen also expressed disappointment. Petersen told lawmakers that the state will lose federal funds if the program does not continue.

“We have to have this done by July 1st,” said Peterson. “So if a consideration can be given, or if we can find out, hundreds of thousands of dollars will be spent not only on those in need, but also on our farmers.”

Senator Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, chair of the state government committee, noted that funding of the program was previously a responsibility of her committee. Negotiations on the state government bill are ongoing, and Kiffmeyer suggested that Market Bucks could be added to the bill.

“That’s currently $ 325,000,” said Kiffmeyer. “But we’ll see what we can do.”

Top legislatures want to conclude the special session in about a week. Hunger Solutions officials are now also looking for alternative financing. They are also circulating a letter signed by farmers’ markets, farming companies and other organizations calling on lawmakers to explore all options.

“It helps farmers,” said Colleen Moriarty. “And it supports the money that is being spent in the local communities.”