Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig, who will star in October’s No Time To Die, took notice of the backlash to his casting as James Bond for a reason. Craig took over the role from Pierce Brosnan, who had starred in four of the franchise’s movies before him. Craig’s first movie, Casino Royale directed by Martin Campbell, debuted to basic approval, with many praising the franchise’s return to a more grounded and intense gander at the iconic secret agent. In the first place, however, many fans weren’t content with Craig’s casting as James Bond for a few reasons.

In an interview with James Bond Radio (through Express), Casino Royale’s director revealed that Craig took note of the reactions. He asked Craig in the event that he listened to the detractors to which the actor responded, “Absolutely I do.” When Campbell asked why, Craig said that it was because he wanted to be aware of what the crew knows, as they had likely read the same things he had. Campbell likewise went on to praise Craig for “bulldoz[ing] through all that garbage.” Check out his full musings below:

All the crew… they’ve heard it so I simply need to make sure that I know what the crew knows.

Listening to the reactions likely helped Craig make his emotional and intense Bond, one whose previous frequents him all through the four movies released up until this point. No Time To Die will complete Bond’s emotional circular segment that began in Casino Royale and that serialization has been a key factor in the success of Craig’s movies. Commonly, each Bond film fills in as a standalone adventure, yet Craig’s tenure shifted away from that and created an overall curve for the character that was unlike anything the franchise had done before.

With No Time To Die facing multiple delays over the last year and a half, expectation for the film has stayed steady, both because any Bond film is cause for celebration and because it will be Craig’s last go in the role. Some speculate that James Bond could die in the upcoming film, a fitting end for what has been one of the best runs of the franchise yet. In any case, many are already looking to the future after No Time To Die, wondering who could take over the role and whether or not they’ll be able to live up to Craig’s performance.

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