Daniel Craig reflects on his iconic role as James Bond

‘I’m never not going to think about this’: Daniel Craig reflects on his iconic role as 007 and brands it ‘a massive part’ of his life

Daniel Craig has reflected on his iconic role as 007 and revealed he is ‘never not going to think about it.’

The James Bond actor, 53, will be making his final appearance as the spy with the licence to kill in No Time To Die, which was premiered on Tuesday in a star-studded evening at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Speaking to the PA news agency, Daniel, who debuted as Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale, reflected on his fifth and final instalment – and described the making of it as ‘so important.’ 

End of an era: Daniel Craig reflected on his iconic role as 007 and branded it ‘a massive part’ of his life








He gushed: ‘I’m just so grateful for the fact that I got a chance to go and make one last one and it be this one and to finish telling the story.

‘This has been a massive part of my life. I’m never not going to think about this, it’s been too big a thing in my life.’ 

During the stellar No Time To Die premiere on Tuesday, the successful actor told BBC Radio 5 that a weight has been on his shoulders since the pandemic delayed the anticipated premiere.

007: Speaking to the PA news agency, Daniel, who debuted as Bond in 2006's Casino Royale, reflected on his fifth and final instalment - and described the making of it as 'so important'

007: Speaking to the PA news agency, Daniel, who debuted as Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale, reflected on his fifth and final instalment – and described the making of it as ‘so important’

‘This is incredibly important to cinema and to history, and the weight of that has been on my shoulders for a while…I’ve been incredibly lucky.’

Daniel joked that he will probably be ‘incredibly bitter’ when the new person takes over.  

He also added: ‘I am glad I am ending it on my terms – I am grateful to the producers for allowing me to do that – but I will miss it.’

Moving on: Daniel joked that he will probably be ‘incredibly’ bitter when the new person takes over

Previously, the London born actor revealed that he decided to reprise his role as James Bond for the fifth time after he ‘got a bit of a rest’ following 2015’s Spectre. 

Speaking about his decision to play the smooth-talking agent one more time he said on The Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast Show with Sky that time away from the role made him ‘excited’. 

Back in 2015, Daniel said when asked whether he would want to play Bond again in a interview that he would rather ‘slash his wrists’.

Reprised his role: Previously, the London born actor revealed that he decided to reprise his role as James Bond for the fifth time after he ‘got a bit of a rest’ following 2015’s Spectre








Craig told radio host Chris: ‘After the last one, I thought that was it. I thought, ”I can’t do any more of these”.

‘I got a bit of a rest and we kind of talked about what we wanted to do with this last movie and how big we wanted to go, and it felt right, and I just got really excited about it, and I can’t wait for people to see it.’

He added: ‘I saw a rough cut of it about a month after we finished, which is really rough, because there’s no special effects or anything.

‘When you see that version of it, you just hope and pray that it makes sense, and it did. Once you get the effects, and you get the music, Hans Zimmer’s done the music, and it’s just incredible. The story holds together.’

Excited: Speaking about his decision to play the smooth-talking agent one more time he said that time away from the role made him 'excited'

Excited: Speaking about his decision to play the smooth-talking agent one more time he said that time away from the role made him ‘excited’








Gushing about his co-stars’ performances, the actor continued: ‘Everyone is just turning in brilliant performances, and I think it’s quite special.’

Speaking to Time Out in 2015, Craig responded to the question of whether he would like to play Bond again: ‘Now? I’d rather slash my wrists.’

He added: ‘No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.’

Craig also touched upon the strange nature of the film’s two-year long release delay, saying: ‘It’s odd enough with a movie, when you’ve finished it, and you put it out and you kind of go, ”Woah, I hope it’s good.”

Co-stars: Gushing about his co-stars' performances, the actor continued: 'Everyone is just turning in brilliant performances, and I think it's quite special' (pictured: Ana de Armas)

Co-stars: Gushing about his co-stars’ performances, the actor continued: ‘Everyone is just turning in brilliant performances, and I think it’s quite special’ (pictured: Ana de Armas)

‘But when there is a two-year gap between finishing it and putting it out, it just makes things even stranger.’

As for what Craig found latched onto after reading Ian Fleming’s original James Bond books, he told Chris: ‘The drink and the drugs!’

Craig elaborated: That kind of dark side that is in the books, because he goes to Q, or he goes to the quartermaster and gets his daily ration of rum, it’s just like his daily ration of uppers. It’s stuff like that, that’s in the book, that’s very dark.’

The actor also shared: ‘A Russian journalist, a few years ago, gave me a chart of all the Bonds and what they drink, and I’m way at the top!’








Craig also opened up about his emotional farewell speech to the cast and crew of No Time To Die after footage of the touching moment circulated the web.

He explained: ‘It was my last night on Bond, or at least on shooting. It was a night shoot, at the back lot at Pinewood, which is kind of fitting because it was raining.

‘I sort of wanted to say something. We hadn’t planned anything, and then everybody turned up, and I was just blown away.’

Craig added: ‘I hate making speeches, I’m just terrible at it. It was just heartfelt. It just came out, and I meant every word I said. Just how fortunate I’ve been to have the opportunity to even be near this, in a way.

‘They don’t get made, very often, these things, and to have the chance to be even close to it, has been just amazing. I didn’t want to choke up. I wanted to be stoic, and failed miserably!’

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The actor also shared: 'A Russian journalist, a few years ago, gave me a chart of all the Bonds and what they drink, and I'm way at the top!'

The actor also shared: ‘A Russian journalist, a few years ago, gave me a chart of all the Bonds and what they drink, and I’m way at the top!’

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