WARNING: spoiler follow for no time to die.
no time to die marked Daniel Craig’s last film as James Bond, and Craig recently revealed that he kicked off the end of his Bond arc after Casino Royale. In the latest film, released in October, 007 dies after saving the world (again). Speaking on the Awards Chatter podcast, Craig explained why he wanted this to happen and how he got Sam Mendes the director gig for celestial fall. You can see some highlights below, Courtesy of Reading List:
By offering Mendès celestial fall at Hugh Jackman’s Christmas party: “I was definitely a little drunk, Sam arrived late and I hadn’t seen him in years, hadn’t seen him since road to perdition. Sam sat down and we were having a drink together and it occurred to me, it was like one of those [moments]. We were [already] having conversations about directors…and it became glaringly obvious to me sitting across from him. I thought, ‘Of course.’ And so I just thought, ‘I’m probably not supposed to say this, but do you want to direct the next Bond movie?’
“And he just did this thing, kinda looked at me [and squinted] and said, ‘Yes.’ And then I went, ‘I’m screwed now.’ I’m sure there’s someone I need to talk to about this before I offer directing jobs. It’s not my responsibility, but I was drunk!
Talk to producer Barbara Broccoli about it: “I phoned Barbara the next moment thinking, ‘Oh my god, here we go, I’m going to be screwed now. I said, ‘I think I proposed to Sam Mendes the director’s job last night. [She said] “Incredible, awesome.”
When he floated the idea of killing Bond: “I was driving with Barbara [Broccoli] in the back of a limo away from the Berlin premiere of Casino Royale, and we were in a good mood because it was going well. In a way, the film succeeded. People were liking it and I was like, ‘Oh, I haven’t had enough time to talk to the producer.’ And I had this plan in mind. And I just said to him, ‘How many films do I have to do?’ Because I didn’t know because I never look at the contract. She said, ‘Four.’ I said ‘OK’ I said ‘Can I kill him at the end of the fourth, please?’ It wasn’t the fourth, but it’s the fifth. And she said, ‘Yes.’ She said yes.”
Why he wanted to do it: “And I had it there for a number of reasons. I wanted for several reasons. First, because I felt it would be a good ending for me, personally, so I could move on. I could say, ‘OK, I can’t go back on this. That’s it.’ I was trying to protect my future in my head because I realized how life changing it was going to be when I was trying to take control and say, ‘OK, now I can go to a point and work until that point, then I’ll be good with that.