The wait for the final Daniel Craig James Bond film has been very long for fans. No Time To Die was delayed a number of times over the past two years due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but now it is just a few weeks away from being released. In the meantime, a documentary about Craig’s journey as Bond has been released by Apple TV Plus: Being James Bond. During the documentary, Craig revealed he was not happy with how his second film turned out.
Craig hit out at the 2008 film Quantum of Solace during the documentary, saying it only “kind of works”.
Going into detail about why it didn’t completely work, he said: “We had a writer’s strike. We had a script; it wasn’t completed, but it was nearly completed. The movie kind of works.”
Comparing it to the previous blockbuster, he added: “It’s not Casino Royale, and that was always going to be… It was like, literally, troubling second album syndrome.
“In a way, we could not top Casino… It’s easy to say that. Of course, we wanted to top Casino Royale, but, you know…”
Craig did add, however, that there are some “really special moments” in Quantum of Solace.
Casino Royale was a runaway hit when it was released, garnering a whopping $616 million at the box office on a relatively meagre $150 million budget.
The movie also won a BAFTA for Best Sound, as well as further nominations for Craig, and director Martin Campbell.
Quantum of Solace, on the other hand, made $589 million on a $230 million budget, while receiving a string of mediocre reviews.
Michael G Wilson, another of the Bond bosses, added that Quantum of Solace “didn’t get Bond’s journey right”.
He went on: “It wasn’t totally focused on his journey, and sometimes we get too wound up on plot rather than keep to the story, which is an issue for these kind of films.”
Although Craig had one misstep during his five film run as 007, the pressure is on for the next Bond actor to pick up his slack.
The British star’s replacement has not yet been announced, but all eyes are on a select few actors.
At the moment, Bridgerton actor Regé-Jean Page is at the top of the Bond odds with a staggering 5/6 from Ladbrokes.
He isn’t guaranteed the spot, however, and is being closely chased by Tom Hardy who has 4/1 on becoming Bond.
A newcomer in the running is Loki star Tom Hiddleston, who was recently awarded 8/1 odds on the tuxedo.
James Bond No Time To Die hits cinemas September 30.