Daniel Craig returns for his fifth and final James Bond movie in No Time To Die. But when it came to considering the role for 2006’s Casino Royale, it turns out the now 51-year-old “refused” to take on the role if it was just repeating 007 as the character had been before. Speaking with Empire, he revealed a certain line of dialogue in the script persuaded him to take on Bond.
Craig said: “One of the biggest reasons I did Casino Royale is the line, ‘A vodka martini, please.’ ‘Shaken or stirred?’
“My reply was written in the script as, ‘Do I look like I give a f***?’ And that’s it.
“That’s the reason I did it. Because what I could not do, and what I refused to do, was repeat what had gone before.
“What was the f***ing point?”
The Bond star added: “So I’d rather have just one and gone, ‘Okay, swing and a miss. There you go. Tried my best.’”
Meanwhile, 007 producer Barbara Broccoli revealed why Craig was so “reluctant” to be cast as Bond in the first place.
She said: “He was reluctant to do the role originally because he knew it was going to change his life.
“The fact is, when you take on this role, you’re Bond for life.”
Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, author of Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan, Mark O’Connell, pointed out that historically 007 actors were runners up at the auditions before eventually bagging the role.
Mark said: “Roger Moore was considered for Sean Connery’s Dr No, Timothy Dalton was looked at when he was just 21 in the era of George Lazenby’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and later Diamonds are Forever.”
He continued: “They looked at everyone for Diamonds are Forever, as they were slightly panicking [after George Lazenby turned down more Bond films after just one outing].”
In the end, Connery was persuaded to return for one more outing before Roger Moore’s debut in Live and Let Die.”
He added: While fans may remember Pierce Brosnan bagged the role for 1987’s The Living Daylights but was tied to a contract, so Timothy Dalton took over then – until the Goldeneye star had his moment in 1995.
“But yes it does bode well if you’ve been the runner up once, it does help.”
No doubt the Bond producers will start their search for Craig’s replacement once No Time To Die is out the way.
No Time To Die is released in UK cinemas on April 2, 2020.