DANIEL CRAIG AS BOND WAS A TER­RI­BLE IDEA: MEN­DES

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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.

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