DANIEL CRAIG AS BOND WAS A TERRIBLE IDEA: MENDES
Director Sam Mendes (far right) says he was unsure about Daniel Craig’s (below) casting as James Bond. “I had cast Daniel Craig in this film I made in Chicago called Road To Perdition about 15 years ago, and it was his first big American film. The role of Bond came up four or five years later and I was called by a publication, they said ‘your old friend and collaborator Daniel Craig has been suggested as Bond, what do you think?’ and I said ‘terrible idea, he shouldn’t do it’,” he said. Mendes said the personalities of Bond and Craig were initially very different but the franchise adapted to work with the actor. “I thought Bond had become the opposite of what Daniel is, a slightly disengaged, urbane jokey eyebrow-raising, you know, a pastiche in a way, and I felt Daniel’s reality and his passion and honesty as an actor would not work. But of course, the franchise adapted to work with Daniel and when I saw Casino Royale, I thought it was a fantastic piece of casting,” he added.