‘I didn’t feel I could do it anymore’: Daniel Craig on why he almost quit Bond before ‘No Time to Die’

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there are many things Daniel Craig going to miss about playing James Bond. For one, strangers at restaurants who send him on free martinis.

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This has happened “several times, usually around 11 a.m.,” laughs 53-year-old Craig. “It’s definitely not the time for me to drink cocktails now. It may have been in the past.”

He’s less nostalgic for cheeky selfie requests from fans who ask him to recreate 007’s Iconic Gun Pose in pictures.

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“I’m so grumpy,” admits Craig. “I’m always as good as I can be, but I’m not that guy, so I let him pose. He enjoys it.”

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“No Time To Die” (In theaters Friday) Craig has his last ride as Bond in Aston Martin, a role he’s played grimly for 15 years and five movies. An explosive new adventure, coming more than a year and a half after the pandemic, confronts the world’s most famous detective An elusive bioterrorist named Lutsifer Safin (Rami Malek), who has An affair with Bond’s love interest, Madeleine Swann (Lee Seydoux).

It’s something amazing to have Craig back. While promoting his previous 007 film, 2015’s “Spectre”, the no-nonsense British actor was not shy about his exhaustion with the role, saying time out london That he would prefer to have his wrists amputated rather than continue with the franchise.

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“I’ve always tried to be honest about my feelings,” Craig says now. “When I started doing Bond (in 2006’s ‘Casino Royale’), I threw myself into it and was as physical as possible. I thought it was really important — that’s what I wanted mine to be. Be Bond. I wanted people to believe that that stunt I was doing. However, after ‘Spectre’, I really felt like I couldn’t do it anymore. I was like, ‘Kya baat thi ?’ Plus, at least one year of my life away from home has passed. And it’s really tough for everyone.”

Craig shares a 3-year-old daughter with his actress wife, Rachel Weisz, both of whom also have children from previous relationships. The action star broke his leg during “Spectre” and then sprained his ankle in “No Time to Die” many other injuries, which took a physical and emotional toll.

“That call when I go ‘Hi, I’m injured, I’m going to the hospital’ isn’t a great phone call to make,” says Craig. “I didn’t feel like I could do it anymore.”

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A-list couple Daniel Craig, left, and Rachel Weisz walk the Governors Awards red carpet in 2015.

But after talks with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson on how to tie up loose ends for the character, Craig agrees to one last storm for his Bond, who is cast as former flame Vesper Lind (Eva Green) in “Casino Royale”. had cheated. ”

His heartache “was an incredibly strong emotion that drove the next three films, so I thought it would be cool to bring that full circle (in ‘No Time to Die’),” Craig says.

“The love story in ‘Casino’ is the true mirror of this film,” says director Cary Fukunaga. When Bond and Swann get together at the end of “Spectre”, it poses the question, “How does someone who has long been closed (to love) reopened?”

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James Bond (Daniel Craig) reunites with ex-girlfriend Dr. Madeleine Swann (Lee Seydoux) in "No Time to Die".

Bond’s emotional complexity and subtle relationships with women are hallmarks of Craig’s 007 films, largely eschewing the spy gadgets and one-note vices of previous installments to take a serious look at the character. Although Craig has earned largely positive reviews for his performance, his initial casting earned a widespread response in 2005. Fans called her too young and too blonde to play the iconic detective, who has been portrayed memorably by Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, and Sean Connery. The benign original star of the long-running franchise.

Craig says he can laugh at the criticism now.

“I could still laugh then. I mean, what was I going to do? Go out and punch (someone)?” says Craig. “The only thing I could do is make a good movie. I’m not on social media and I’m glad that didn’t really exist at the time. All that kind of online stuff, I really didn’t understand I read this and it was like, ‘This is heavy.’ But I get it, you know? People are obsessed with Bond movies.”

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This summer, Craig shared the 2019 murder mystery “Knives Out,” and . shot the star-studded sequel of He will return to Broadway next year In the production of “Macbeth” co-star Ruth Nega (“Passing”). He doesn’t dare speculate about who will play Bond next, nor does he have any advice for the next person to take over.

“When I started, I didn’t have a lot of information, and I think that was the best approach,” Craig says. “Being gullible and green, I was just open-minded and said, ‘Okay, let it be.’ I think if I had more knowledge and insight, it would have crippled me.”

Contribution: Brian Alexander

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