Daniel Craig opens up about Bond casting controversy
DANIEL CRAIG officially left the James Bond franchise after 15 long years. The English actor recently signed on to the franchise after a final appearance as an iconic spy in the latest film. No time to die.
While Craig has done an incredible job playing the character over the years, his journey to become the character hasn’t always been easy.
In 2006, the film’s producers were criticized for choosing Craig as their new tie. Fans weren’t thrilled they chose a blue-eyed, blonde-haired man to take on Pierce Brosnan’s tuxedo.
In a recent interview, Craig spoke about the experience of criticism at the time.
“Of course that bothered me,” he said. “But there was nothing I could really do. It’s like [the saying goes], ‘Control the things you can control.’ All I could do was make a good movie, or try to make a good movie and say, “There you go. And if they didn’t like it, then I don’t know, that’s all I had to give.
However, the actor was sympathetic to the reviews because he considered where they came from. “But the people’s criticism was kind of understandable,” Craig continued. “I mean, I grew up watching Bond. So I couldn’t criticize other people for having passions about it.
Fortunately, fans and critics alike were happy with Craig’s 2006 debut. Casino Royale. In fact, he would go on to shoot four more James Bond films. Not only were they considered one of Bond’s best adaptations, the projects were also worth nearly US $ 4 billion (RM16.72 billion) at the global box office.
But longtime Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson weren’t surprised at the success. While explaining how they found the controversy stupid, the duo knew they had made the right choice.
“We knew how good he was. So that never made us guess our decision at all. I mean, we knew he was going to be fantastic, but it was a very weird, very weird episode in our lives.