During a conversation with Edith Bowman at her BAFTA: Life in Pictures event, backed by TCL Mobile, Daniel Craig reflected on his career until the James Bond period ended in October with the release of “No Time to Die”. 8.
During the interview, Craig discussed the long-held belief that the 2004 crime drama “Layer Cake” was a catalyst for him in the role of James Bond, and said that he did not see it that way when he acknowledged that it had improved his career.
“They always want to talk about ‘Oh, you know’ Layer Cake, ‘It must have been your audition,’ and I was, ‘Believe me, it was the last thing on my mind that I would ever play James Bond at that time.’ “Craig said. “It simply came to our notice then. People looked at me differently and said, ‘Oh, you can be a leading man.’ It certainly had an incredibly positive impact on my career. ”
Talking about his time as Bond, Craig reflected on how Barbara Brockley made him this offer.
“I just said I can’t, I mean; I think you got the wrong guy, ”Craig said. “People would say, ‘Oh, you must have wanted to be James Bond.’ I was fine, yeah, I thought about it as a kid, I wanted to be Spiderman too, but I just thought it would never happen.
Of course, Craig starred as Bond in five films in the iconic franchise. Craig recalls saying goodbye to the role on the last day of the set of “No Time to Die”: “I just realized that I’ve been working with these people, some of them for almost thirty years’ because there are so many people I just work in the film industry. Done … it’s always about the team and you know, Barbara creates an environment on the set where we are a family.
In the conversation, Craig also paid tribute to acclaimed director Roger Mitchell, who died Wednesday at the age of five. Craig and Michelle co-starred in “The Mother” in 200 and “Enduring Love” in 2004, and Michelle almost directed the Bond film. Quantum of Solace ”in 2008.
Craig said, “Working with Roger was like taking a long warm bath and I think like this, you know – he was just delicious.”
But when asked who will take charge of the next James Bond, Craig remained silent, saying: “Don’t ask this! You know, that’s not my problem. ”