Daniel Craig drops f-bombs on his first James Bond press conference
Whoever steps into the role of 007 next is going to step into one of the most intimidating roles in movie history. Even Daniel Craig still understands it, as in a recent conversation at Publish-No time to die ecosystem, he dropped f-bombs about his first James Bond press conference. Apparently, even after 15 years and five films, the moment is still quite fresh in her memory.
While making an appearance to promote the 25th Bond film on THRIn the Chatter Awards podcast, Mr. Craig recalled that fateful day in October 2005, when he was revealed as Bond’s name, James Bond. While anyone has the power to be their own harshest critic, the Casino Royale the actor tore his greenness when it came to this first big hit with the press in general. Specifically, here’s what Daniel Craig had to say about it:
That autumn day on HMS President was fateful for many reasons. Mr. Craig was not used to this kind of intense spotlighting in relation to movies passed like Diaper Cake Where Route of perdition, so the first roadblock of the kind of questions he would be asked in nearly two decades was intense enough. Then again, the initial reaction of the internet that his cast was met became an entirely new ordeal he would have to endure.
You can certainly see the unease on Daniel Craig’s face by watching clips from the press conference of Casino Royale. At the same time, you may as well notice the cool demeanor he exudes under pressure, as well as some of the legendary spirit he’s known to inject into press appearances. For more references, check out these footage from that 2005 press conference, with at least two questions about who Craig would want to play his Bond girl:
If there was a moment that proved that producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson were right to be confident in Daniel Craig’s Potential as a Leading Man, it was certainly that first press conference. By the time his 007 run ended with last year’s box office spectacular, Craig had left an indelible mark on the franchise. He also provided some of the most interesting and in some infamous cases, interviews in the years that followed. Take a look at some of our own interview footage from the No time to die press tour, and you can definitely see the difference:
While people will definitely want to keep talking to Daniel Craig about all things James Bond, the experience will be very different going forward. Instead of being the official face of the 007 franchise, he will now be a member of its Hall of Fame; which only means that his frankness in discussing the experience will be rather uncontrolled. The future will be intriguing to follow, as looking back on Craig’s past as Ian Fleming’s super-spy shows that even at work, he had his way of making things happen.
No time to die is currently available for rental and purchase on physical and digital media. While the Craig era may be over, don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for ways to celebrate James Bond’s 60th birthday. This event will be commemorated throughout 2022, and may even see the hunt for the next 007 start its race, if not fully announce the next actor.