James Bond director wasn't originally convinced by Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig's final outing as 007 is almost upon us, but while the Craig years have been a commercial success for the James Bond franchise, Casino Royale director Martin Campbell has admitted that he didn't really 'get' his casting at first.
Ahead of No Time to Die's release later this year, Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli spoke to Variety about the 24 films before it, and reflected on the many years Bond has had his licence to kill with some help from those who worked on the movies.
Singling out Daniel Craig and his role as Pierce Brosnan's successor, Campbell admitted that he was unsure of the actor's fit.
"To be honest, it took me a little while to see it," he said. "Daniel's acting was terrific, but he wasn't a pretty boy. Barbara was adamantly in favour of him."
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Ultimately, Daniel Craig's version of the British spy helped bring the James Bond series "back to Earth", with Wilson admitting Die Another Day had been "too fantastical". "We felt we needed a more realistic Bond," he explained.
"[Craig] brought flesh and blood to the character," Broccoli added. "Bond in the novel is a silhouette. Daniel has given him depth and an inner life. We were looking for a 21st-century hero, and that's what he delivered.
"He bleeds; he cries; he's very contemporary."
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