James Bond’s Daniel Craig Had His 007 Ending Planned Since Casino Royale

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WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Dying Can Wait, out now on Blu-ray and Digital.


Daniel Craig said he knew how he wanted his James Bond tenure to end long before it happened in Nope Time To Die.

In an interview with Varietythe actor – alongside Eon Productions chiefs Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli – discussed his last outing as Bond and why the decision was made to kill off the character at the height of Nope Time To Die. Craig said the idea came to him in 2006, after the premiere of his first Bond film, Casino royal. “Everything was fine. People liked the movie,” he explained. “And it looked like I was going to get the chance to do at least one more movie. I said to Barbara, ‘How many of these movies do I have to do?’ Because I don’t really look at contracts or anything. And she said, ‘Four,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, okay. Can I kill him in the last one? And she didn’t stop. She said, ‘Yes.'”

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Nope Time To Die, Craig’s fifth film as Bond, ended with the double-zero spy remaining at the secret Safin Island base to ensure it was destroyed by an airstrike, with Bond sacrificing his life to protect the world from the deadly biological weapon Project Heracles. “I made a deal with [Broccoli] at the time and said, “That’s how I would like it to be,” Craig said. and take over.”

Craig explained, however, that the idea was long forgotten until after 2015. Spectrum when the actor expressed his reluctance to return to Obligation. Wilson said he and the rest of Eon’s team believed keeping Broccoli’s promise was the best way forward. “I think we thought, we all thought, that was the best way to end this,” he said. “I think that’s the right way to handle a situation where a person is risking their life all the time. Eventually the odds catch up with you. I think [James Bond author Ian] Fleming saw it and I guess ultimately we came to that realization as well. It’s also emotionally very important to understand the risks that people like Bond put themselves at.”

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Craig admitted that despite the difficulties, he will miss being a part of the world of James Bond. “He was here before me, and he will be here after me,” he said. “But I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of it all, and if you can’t make it for a Obligation film as an actor, why can you do it? So, yeah, I’m going to miss it a lot.” Despite this, he also said he doesn’t care who takes on the role after him. According to Wilson and Broccoli, their search for a successor won’t begin in earnest until see you later this year.

Fans can see Craig’s final performance as James Bond in Nope Time To Dienow available on Blu-ray and digital download.

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Source: Variety

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