The Correct Order In Which To Watch Daniel Craig's James Bond Movies
Daniel Craig's final mission as James Bond has been released, and understandably, a few tears have been shed for what is a very fond farewell. Having already earned an incredible $119 million following its debut this weekend (via The Guardian ), "No Time To Die" could be on route to being Daniel Craig's most successful turn as 007 to date.
Longtime fans have flocked to see the James Bond of the 21st century get behind the wheel of that iconic Aston Martin one last time, but what of the uninitiated to the world of MI6's top employee? What's the best order in which to view the Craig run of Bond, and to then tell your Vespers from your Silvas? How can you best appreciate the moments with Moneypenny, as well as your M and Ms?
Well, here's a viewing guide to the best sequence for watching Daniel Craig's Bond movies. For your eyes only, of course.
We begin at the Casino Royale
Up there as one of the best introductions for a newly appointed Bond, Martin Campbell's " Casino Royale " isn't just the start of Craig's take on the character: it's the foundation of this film's turmoil and tragedy that would haunt 007 in every film that followed. Earning his ranking as a double-O from the off, the 2006 adaptation of Ian Fleming's first-ever Bond book displayed James in his early stages. Here he was a spy that was less likely to drink a custom-made Martini than he was to break the glass over someone's head. It marked the first steps of a rough-around-the-edges agent we hadn't seen before, making the moves he needed to be the sophisticated hero audiences were excited to see him become.
Above all, though, "Casino Royale" gave us an introduction to an emotional side of James we'd not seen in years. Accompanied by Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in a mission to Montenegro, we got an insight into a sarcastic, sensitive, straight-up killer of a Bond that couldn't be tempered. One whose blood would boil thanks to the elegant but effective adversary, Le Chiffre ( Mads Mikkelsen ), and whose heart would break and never really mend thanks to the armor-removing love of Vesper. This isn't just a great place to start for Bond — it's a great place to start for a franchise overall.
Quantum of Solace is the necessary chaser with a confusing title
Next up on the watchlist is the Bond film that, unlike most, takes place immediately after its predecessor, so it may best be viewed as a double-bill if you're feeling brave enough. Moving (for better or worse) at breakneck speed, "Quantum of Solace" is a revenge film, with Bond on the relentless hunt for those responsible for the tragedy that occurs in "Casino Royale." Fueled by rage and not against breaking the rules, Bond uncovers a shady organization that played a part in Le Chiffre's activities, and even goes against MI6 to get the truth — and the man behind it all, Dominic Greene.
Easily the most convoluted film in Craig's time as Bond, "Quantum of Solace" is pretty low in rewatchability, featuring a tame Bond baddie with a scam to control water supplies, a car chase that belongs in a " Bourne " film, and one of the worst background extra performances caught on film (via Twitter ). Nonetheless, it's still an essential for James' journey and the world being built around him, comprised of both new and old elements to the Bond franchise that he just couldn't be without.
Sam Mendes takes his best shot with Skyfall
In the case of Daniel Craig's time as 007, it turned out that 003 was the magic number. After the somewhat disappointing results from "Quantum of Solace," " Skyfall " is the next one on the list — and thankfully, it was the return to form that Bond fans were desperate for, and that outsiders love, regardless.
Released on the 50th anniversary of the franchise, director Sam Mendes' take on the hero with the license to kill is a thrill-ride, flying through the checklist of essentials that make a Bond. From an outstanding opening (and that boss cuff-straightening), a skin-freezing song, and a great villain in Javier Bardem's former MI6 agent, Silva, it's easily the most epic instalment of Craig's reign as Bond (other than "No Time To Die").
Here, Craig is totally comfortable with the role and loving every second of it, leaving the days of uncertainty for this particular Bond in the dust. He gives us a take on the character that has earned its place in the same conversation as Connery, Brosnan, and company: Cool, calculated, and coated with that thin layer of comedic charm that all Bonds in their prime have delivered. Most importantly though, "Skyfall" yet again tapped into the more human side of this damn-near unstoppable agent, and the relationship he had with Judi Dench's M. Her last appearance in the franchise is one bubbling with a heartwarming chemistry between herself and Craig, making her one of the most memorable "Bond girls" to date.
The penultimate instalment may not be what you ex-Spectre-d
One last step before the final hurrah for Craig ... and boy, is it a doozy. Like every page in Craig's chapter as Bond, " Spectre " is another key part to the puzzle that fleshes the character out, albeit on a rather far-fetched level.
In "Spectre," Sam Mendes returned with Craig, to look further back into what made this Bond the agent we've come to know, love, and be scared of. Here, Bond uncovers another mysterious group known as Spectre, which links to all of his previous missions — and the loved ones he'd lost in the process — courtesy of the top dog, Franz Oberhauser, who is Bond's thought-to-be-dead adopted brother.
Etching slightly into farcical territory with the origins of his new opponent, the cloak-and-dagger elements slow the film down, but don't overshadow some of the great stunts and action set-pieces that keep you interested, particularly that opening one-take shot in Mexico City. There's also the expected but equally cool moment that reveals Oberhauser has taken the alias of Stavro Blofeld, linking this corner of the Bond franchise to one of its key bad guys. Is it earned? Not at all. Does Christoph Waltz as the legendary adversary work? Absolutely. In fact, even with its occasional missteps, "Spectre" is strengthened by what comes next.
No better way to end than with No Time To Die
If you've stuck with the viewing order, well done. It is absolutely essential that here is where you finish. Not just the final of this Bond's reign, but the closing and heartwarming page to a chapter in this hero's particularly long journey. Linking back to almost every film of Craig's time as Bond (sorry, "Quantum of Solace"), it makes viewing all of James' death-defying missions worthwhile. The friendships formed, the loves lost, and the jokes that even now still hit perfectly. And if you wanted to cut corners ... well, much like "Skyfall," there's still so much quality material here that even someone who has never seen any of Craig's Bond films until now could enjoy his curtain call to the hero he's breathed life into for almost 16 years.
Outsiders may well enjoy what's on show here, but for you dedicated folk that have gone through the recommended viewing, "No Time To Die" will pay off massively for what's in store. It's not just an incredible homage to what came before Craig, but the part of the legacy he's helped build since "Casino Royale." So many nods to both the world he's built, and ultimately been part of, make "No Time To Die" perhaps the most satisfying watch of all.
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Daniel Craig's penultimate 007 mission
Spectre sees Daniel Craig return for his fourth round of 007 missions and with No Time To Die finally on the horizon - a Bond marathon is in order. It may be one of the most divisive Bond movies to date, but in the words of Bond himself "it's all a matter of perspective..." so here’s everything you need to know to watch Spectre online wherever you are in the world.
Release date: 2015
Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Naomi Harris, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes
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With MI6 still in disarray after the attacks in Skyfall, Spectre sees Craig globetrotting to hunt S.P.E.C.T.R.E, a criminal organization led by Ernst Stavro (Christoph Waltz). While on a mission to prevent the threats posed by the criminal syndicate, M confronts challenges in London to keep the 00 department alive.
The 24th Bond film was one of the most expensive movies ever filmed, costing a staggering $300 million. Filming across five locations, the intense and gripping spy thriller focusses on the fast-paced action sequences with visual effects, stunts, and computer-generated imagery.
While the Bond movie received mixed reviews, Sam Smith’s theme song ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ became the first in the history of the Bond franchise to have a number one song surpassing Adele’s Skyfall which came a close second.
Can the 00 survive another round? Keep reading for all the details on how to watch Spectre wherever you are in the world.
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Where to watch Spectre online in the US for free
Spectre is currently available to watch in the US in a few different places, and if you've got cable, you'll find a few providers offering the latest Bond movie.
The FX channel comes as a part of your package, meaning you're able to stream Spectre with the online streaming platform, FX Now . Login by entering your cable provider details to access the movie.
Other TV packages such as Spectrum TV and Direct TV also have Spectre available to watch, you'll just need to log in if you've got the app, or visit the online sites to stream.
How to watch Spectre without cable and for free
You'll find the 2015 Spectre available to watch with FuboTV . New subscribers can access a 7-day FREE trial , and in that time you can watch Spectre, binge-watch the likes of Dexter and Schitts Creek. Once the free trial ends, a FuboTV cost of $64.99 a month will give you 111 channels, and a whole host of popular movies and TV shows.
Outside of the US? As mentioned above, you can avoid regional blocks by checking out a VPN solution to stream your favourite films and TV from anywhere.
Where to watch Spectre online in the UK
If you're a Virgin TV Go customer you're able to catch all the 007 action as Spectre is available to watch either on your TV or device. If you're looking for more Bond adventures ahead of the No Time To Die release, you'll also find the special 'Being James Bond' documentary on Virgin TV Go, featuring Daniel Craig as he chats all-things Bond with producers.
Unfortunately, if you're not a Virgin TV customer, Spectre is currently only available for rental at £3.49 on either Amazon Prime Video , Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube or Rakuten TV.
Those with Virgin TV wanting to log-in to watch the service from abroad will need to download a VPN to connect like they would at home.
- Related: How to watch Casino Royale online
Where to watch Spectre online in Canada
Canadian viewers looking for all the Bond films, including Spectre are in luck - Crave currently has the entire franchise of Bond movies available to stream.
To watch Spectre, you’ll need to be signed on to the middle-tier subscription package, Movies + HBO to access the movie. A monthly subscription costs $19.98 plus tax, but before any payment first-time customers are able to sign up for a 7-day FREE trial .
Not in Canada? That's no problem- don’t forget a VPN will enable you to stream all your usual content, wherever you are, including your favorite Bond films.
Where to watch Spectre online in Australia
If you're Down Under, you'll need to check out the rental options in order to watch Spectre.
Currently, the 24th Bond film Spectre is available for Aussie viewers to rent on various platforms. You’ll find it available on either Fetch , or Microsoft for a rental price of AUS$3.99. Alternatively, you can pay an extra dollar to have up to 30 days to watch and 48 hours after hitting play at Apple TV, Google Play, or YouTube TV.
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Where to Watch ‘Spectre’ Ahead of New James Bond Movie ‘No Time to Die’
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Daniel Craig ‘s swan song is almost here. While it may be hard to say goodbye to one of the world’s favorite James Bonds , look on the bright side: there are plenty of Bond movies to watch to prepare you for Craig’s final moments. More specifically, there are a bevy of Craig-led films that will leave you in a nostalgic mood as you bid farewell to the star in this weekend’s release of No Time to Die .
Before you meet new a Bond villain (Rami Malek), a new Bond girl (Ana de Armas), and catch up with some of the returning crew, we highly recommend rewatching the most recent Bond movie to see where things left off. That’d be Spectre , which came out a whopping six years ago. Oh, how time flies! No Time to Die was set to release in early 2020, but ended up as one of the first films to be pushed into 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trying to figure out where we last saw James Bond? Here’s how to watch Spectre ahead of the release of No Time to Die this weekend.
Is Spectre on Netflix? Where to watch Spectre :
Spectre isn’t on Netflix, nor is it on any major streaming platform. Sorry! The only place to stream Spectre with a subscription is FuboTV.
You can, however, rent or purchase Spectre . The most recent James Bond movie is available to rent from $3.99 and purchase from $8.99 at iTunes , Prime Video , Microsoft , or Vudu .
Where are all of Daniel Craig’s James Bond movies available to stream? How to watch Skyfall , Quantum Solace , and more:
If you’re ready for a full James Bond movie marathon, we’ve got you covered. Here’s every Daniel Craig as James Bond movie in chronological order and where you can stream the films:
- Casino Royale (2006): Rent or purchase on VOD
- Quantum of Solace (2008): Rent or purchase on VOD
- Skyfall (2012): Hulu , Paramount+ , Epix , rent or purchase on VOD
- Spectre (2015) — FuboTV, rent or purchase on VOD
- No Time To Die (2021) — In theaters only
When is the No Time to Die release date?
No Time to Die releases this Friday, Oct. 8.
When will No Time to Die be streaming? What streaming service will No Time to Die be on?
No Time to Die is a Universal release, so let’s take a look at another recent Universal in-theaters-only release to check out the timeline. Old , M. Night Shyamalan’s new horror flick, landed in theaters on July 23 and just came out on streaming yesterday (Oct.5). That’s around 75 days after the original release date.
Universal has a deal that allows the studio to release its films on premium video-on-demand—meaning you would be able to rent No Time to Die for $20—after 17 days in theaters, provided that the movie makes less than $50 million at the box office its opening weekend. (If it hits the $50 million mark, then the movie gets 31 days in theaters.) We’re guessing that this James Bond flick will hit that $50 million mark and stick around in theaters for at least a month.
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Review: In ‘Spectre,’ Daniel Craig Is Back as James Bond, No Surprise
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By Manohla Dargis
- Nov. 5, 2015
Does it mean something that James Bond drinks a dirty martini in “Spectre,” the latest in the seemingly unkillable franchise? It’s too soon to know, though true Bondologists will be parsing this new drink’s significance shortly. As more of an amateur in all-things Bond, I had hoped a dirty bomb would go boom or that the actress Léa Seydoux would do something unspeakable to Daniel Craig, given that the pre-credit sequence features female nudes writhing alongside an octopus with busy arms. Part of the bankable pleasure of the series, after all, is that every so often, among the usual guns and girls, the unexpected happens — a bikini stops the film, a villain revs it up, Bond surprises.
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There’s nothing surprising in “Spectre,” the 24th “official” title in the series, which is presumably as planned. Much as the perfect is the enemy of good, originality is often the enemy of the global box office. And so, for the fourth time, Mr. Craig has suited up to play the British spy who’s saving the world one kill at a time, with Sam Mendes occupying the director’s chair for a second turn. They’re a reasonable fit, although their joint seriousness has started to feel more reflexive than honest, especially because every Bond movie inevitably shakes off ambition to get down to the blockbuster business of hurling everything — bodies, bullets, fireballs, debris, money — at the screen.
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Before that happens here, there’s the usual narrative busywork that plays as if it were written by committee, which it was (John Logan, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth). If you have watched one Bond movie, you know the score. The band — M (Ralph Fiennes), Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) — gets back together, with Bond singing lead. There’s an opening lollapalooza blowout that Mr. Mendes largely delivers in one long silky take, having clearly studied trends in contemporary art cinema. Mr. Craig and the camera move together beautifully in this sequence, whether Bond’s sauntering across a roof (and in what has become a signature, adjusting a shirt cuff) or riding down a collapsing building as easily as you would a slide at a water park.
There’s more, of course, including car chases, nominally exotic locales and a pulpy, visceral slugfest on a passenger train with a Bluto-size hurting machine (Dave Bautista) who’s evocative of that old Bond enemy Jaws . The train, as well as the purr of an Aston Martin, suggests that the filmmakers are working the nostalgia angle, though, the series has always been driven by longing for other men and worlds, for the British Empire, for a hyper-masculine savior, for sex kittens (friends or foes) and for a reassuring vision of the world in which the greatest threat is an orderly criminal organization run by a single supervillain. The superbaddie in “Spectre” is, alas, a bore, enlivened only by our series sentimentality and Christoph Waltz working his accented villainy with a smile.
Back in 2006, Mr. Craig slipped into “Casino Royale” and the role of James Bond like a middleweight’s fist in a boxing glove, bringing to the gig a battered beauty one punch away from ugly, a powerful chest that looks good in a tux and a visceral predatory quality that works equally well for annihilating villains and ladies. Mr. Craig was the right Bond for a moment still haunted by Sept. 11: He looked roughed up, possibly cruel and ready to fight. That Mr. Craig could also deliver layered emotional intensity and unexpected expressive delicacy was a nice bonus for a series that sprang back with deadly solemnity and scarcely a trace of the playfulness, much less the campy joie de vivre, that’s mostly associated with the Roger Moore era. “I miss Roger Moore,” a friend recently sighed.
I don’t, with sincere apologies to Sir Roger. I like Mr. Craig’s Bond a lot, but I am also still pining for Sean Connery, the production designer Ken Adam and women whose names (performer and character alike) you remember, like Honor Blackman and Pussy Galore. Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, once said that he wanted 007 to be, as he put it, “an extremely dull, uninteresting man to whom things happened.” (Fleming borrowed the name from an ornithologist.) He also wanted Bond to be a “blunt instrument.” The spy proved as blunt as an anvil on Wile E. Coyote’s head, but the casting of Mr. Connery obliterated any notion that Bond could be wholly dull. The Bond movies needed sex to sell their violence, especially to a wide audience, and Mr. Connery was the ideal salesman.
Mr. Craig delivers the blows — the crushing uppercuts and sucker punches — more persuasively than the chaste kisses, although given the anemic seductresses Bond is often now paired with, the actor can scarcely take the blame. A few sashay through “Spectre,” most agreeably Monica Bellucci, cinema’s current go-to Italian bombshell. She shows up in widow’s weeds, which Bond promptly removes while she babbles intel about her dead husband. The husband is a nail that leads to the shoe, the horse, the rider and finally the kingdom, little of which has anything to do with the world as it exists, with its environmental disasters and political uncertainties, religious wars and ordinary terrors. But then it’s hard to imagine Bond taking on, say, the Islamic State.
In 1966, Kingsley Amis attributed the success of the Bond stories partly to what he called the “Fleming effect,” noting how Bond’s fantastic world, “as well as the temporary, local, fantastic elements,” are “ ‘bolted down’ to some sort of reality.” The Bond movies have always managed to tap into reality by switching on a camera, a connection to the material world that lingered no matter how far out the villains, their wild lairs and intrigues. The current Bond team is trying to keep the audience entertained with new tricks and gizmos while keeping it kind of real, which perhaps explains why this Bond sweats buckets, tears up and even bares his feelings. Mr. Craig is very good at selling Bond’s humanity, though in truth, what has always really turned us on isn’t 007’s humanity but the reverse.
“Spectre” is rated PG-13. (Parents strongly cautioned.) Kiss, kiss, kablooey. Running time: 2 hours 28 minutes.
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SPECTRE (2015) is Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as James Bond and sees the reintroduction of the criminal organisation most associated with the franchise. Ernst Stavro Blofeld appears onscreen for the first time since Diamonds Are Forever (1971), but this time with a twist.
The SPECTRE timeline
Following a lead sent from beyond the grave, Bond falls foul of internal politics after preventing a terrorist attack in Mexico City while officially on leave. As M fights the political forces involved in merging MI6 with sister organisation MI5, 007 is forced once again to go rogue as he heads to Rome and then Austria on the tail of the “Pale King”, a name overheard while in Mexico.
The Pale King turns out to be an old adversary, Mr White, dying of of thallium poisoning. Bond locates White’s daughter, Dr Madeleine Swann, but she is kidnapped by Mr Hinx for SPECTRE. After Bond rescues her, Madeleine leads Bond to Tangier. Soon the pair are the guests of Blofeld, who reveals how Bond’s previous missions were all linked.
What we say
After the wildly overrated Skyfall , things get largely back on track with SPECTRE . The film has some great action scenes but the final act doesn’t work at all. Also, the big reveal that Ernst Stavro Blofeld is Bond’s foster brother is simply out of place.
SPECTRE premièred in London on 23rd October 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall, the same day it went on general release in the UK and Ireland. It received its American premiere in Mexico City on 2nd November, followed by the United States and the majority of other territories 6th November 2015.
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- “I thought I told you to bring it back in one piece not bring back one piece.”
- “But do be careful with the alarm, it’s rather loud.”
- “I thought you were done.” “I am. I just need one more thing.”
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Daniel Craig: James Bond Films
List of films that Daniel Craig played James Bond
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1. Casino Royale (2006)
PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
After earning 00 status and a licence to kill, secret agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007. Bond must defeat a private banker funding terrorists in a high-stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro.
Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Daniel Craig , Eva Green , Judi Dench , Jeffrey Wright
Votes: 686,902 | Gross: $167.45M
2. Quantum of Solace (2008)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organisation from eliminating a country's most valuable resource.
Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Daniel Craig , Olga Kurylenko , Mathieu Amalric , Judi Dench
Votes: 466,741 | Gross: $168.37M
3. Skyfall (2012)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig , Javier Bardem , Naomie Harris , Judi Dench
Votes: 724,131 | Gross: $304.36M
4. Spectre (I) (2015)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A cryptic message from James Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover the existence of a sinister organisation named SPECTRE. With a new threat dawning, Bond learns the terrible truth about the author of all his pain in his most recent missions.
Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig , Christoph Waltz , Léa Seydoux , Ralph Fiennes
Votes: 461,350 | Gross: $200.07M
5. No Time to Die (2021)
PG-13 | 163 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Daniel Craig , Ana de Armas , Rami Malek , Léa Seydoux
Votes: 437,204 | Gross: $160.87M
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James Bond: Daniel Craig's 007 Story From Casino Royale To Spectre
After almost 14 years, five movies, and a handful of particularly harrowing injuries, Daniel Craig is ready to hang up his holster as James Bond with No Time To Die . Following his final 007 adventure, the superstar actor who helped revitalize the Bond series will certainly be missed, but he has one last thrilling film that’ll tie off his tenure in the series.
It’s been teased that this final film will wrap up the story that Skyfall and Spectre have started, but that implication in and of itself leads to a wider implication. As serialized storytelling has been particularly embraced by Craig’s James Bond, everything from Casino Royale to Spectre is on the line when it comes to the events of No Time To Die .
To honor the end of Daniel Craig’s days as 007, we’d like to provide an all-encompassing guide that chronicles the story that has been told during the modern reboot of Ian Fleming’s classic literary agent provocateur. This article contains spoilers from the recent Bond films, so proceed with caution of you're not caught up !
Casino Royale (2006)
An orphan with a chip on his shoulder, James Bond (Daniel Craig) is introduced to the audience as a brand new 00 under the command of MI6 chief M ( Judi Dench ) in Casino Royale . Though he doesn’t know it, his first missions in the field are the beginnings of a saga that will span all the way through to the current film, No Time To Die .
His first major obstacle is Le Chiffré ( Mads Mikkelsen ,) a gambler who in concert with Mr. White (Jesper Christensen,) are the first terror agents we meet in the world of 007. Bond eventually defeats Le Chiffré at a high stakes poker game in Montenegro, but not before having a couple close calls with death at his nemesis’ hands. A victory that introduces James Bond to a vital friend and ally, CIA agent Felix Leiter ( Jeffrey Wright .)
Working with MI6 treasury agent Vesper Lynde ( Eva Green ,) Casino Royale sees James Bond fall in love with his colleague, which eventually turns into a tragic affair. Vesper betrays Bond, as she’s been secretly working as a double agent to ensure her captured boyfriend’s survival.
After a huge action sequence that sees Bond dispatch of Vesper’s evil handlers, she commits suicide by drowning, emotionally scarring 007. With a posthumous clue left to him by Vesper , Bond captures middleman Mr. White (Jesper Christensen,) starting down a path of infamy he’ll follow straight to its end.
Quantum Of Solace (2008)
Picking up moments after Casino Royale , James Bond’s next adventure is a rampage of death and revenge, in director Marc Forster ’s Quantum of Solace . After a failed interrogation of Mr. White reveals that MI6 is further compromised, 007 begins an unorthodox investigation into a web of terrorist activity that is being orchestrated by a shadowy organization: Quantum.
With the previous film introducing Le Chiffré and Mr. White as agents working in Quantum’s employ, we’re now introduced to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric,) an environmental industrialist with some shady intent . Allied with deposed Bolivian General Madrano (Joaquín Cosío,) Greene offers his assistance in a coup that will return the military leader to power; in exchange for sole control of Bolivia’s water supply.
Avenging the death of Vesper, and looking to uncover just how far Quantum’s reach really is, 007 teams up with fellow avenging angel Camille Montes ( Olga Kurylenko ), to put a stop to Dominic Greene’s schemes. Though Montes is more interested in taking out General Madrano, the man who killer her family as a child.
With a little assistance from Felix Leiter, who returns despite the CIA having no interest in stopping Greene’s plans, Bond and Camille kill Madrano and disrupt his deal with Greene. Leaving their adversary in the desert, with only a can of motor oil as liquid refreshment, Bond returns to active service after M asks him to. Though, as he tells her in the end of Quantum of Solace , he never left.
Returned to standard operations with MI6, James Bond finds himself on a failed mission sees a list of all his fellow agents real identities and cover names out in the open. Shot by fellow field agent Eve Moneypenny ( Naomie Harris ), Bond is presumed dead after this massive intelligence failure.
An inquiry is launched to investigate the supposed failures of MI6, headed up by the chairman Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, Gareth Mallory ( Ralph Fiennes ). Though not long after, a bespoke cyber-attack, taunting M to “think upon [her] sins” finds the MI6 offices destroyed. Britain’s spy agency is still vulnerable.
While M is being investigated, and forced to retire, ex-MI6 agent/Quantum cyberterrorist Silva (Javier Bardem) has an ax to grind with his former boss. Previously abandoned to the Chinese government, in exchange for the return of several captured agents, Silva escaped and has been planning vengeance against M ever since.
Those plans, and the efforts of the recently reinstated Bond lead to a a climactic showdown at Skyfall , James Bond’s ancestral home. Bond attempts to protect M alongside groundskeeper Kincade (Albert Finney,) but eventually M is mortally wounded by Silva and dies as a result. Killing Silva in revenge, James Bond sees his boss and would-be maternal figure buried in a state funeral. Once her opposition, newly formed ally Gareth Mallory is named the new M.
After the death of the previous M, Bond starts off on another mission to uncover a shadowy presence in the world of international crime and sabotage. With the posthumous clues left to him by his former boss, and further information provided by the still living Mr. White , he finds his way into a rabbit hole that leads all the way down to the discovery of his greatest foe.
It’s revealed that Quantum is only part of a larger organization, known to the world as Spectre . Everyone James has fought up to this point, has been working for this overarching antagonist organization. Operated by Ernst Stavro Blofeld ( Christoph Waltz ,) the group sabotages world governments and commits great acts of terrorism for their own benefit. Further betrayal is uncovered when in the heat of battle, it’s revealed that Blofeld was once named Franz Oberhauser, and was James Bond’s adopted brother.
Jealous of Bond supposedly supplanting him in the family, Blofeld kills his father and eventually becomes the criminal kingpin he is in Spectre . On the verge of infiltrating the “Nine Eyes” intelligence initiative, masterminded by double agent C (Andrew Scott,) Blofeld almost costs Bond the latest love of his life, Dr. Madeline Swann ( Lea Seydoux .) This heinous plot is not only foiled, but Blofeld is apprehended alive and well, ready to be locked up for a nice, long time.
At the end of Spectre , we see James Bond leaving MI6 behind once more, with Dr. Swann riding off in his Aston Martin by his side. Their relationship, for the moment, is something Bond could have only previously dreamed of having. Though as we’ve seen in the trailers for No Time To Die , something hidden in her past is ready to resurface, and once it does it could send 007 off the deep end for good.
As the film will tie into every Daniel Craig film from the past, there’s a chance that secret will have something to do with Madeline’s father, the late but not so great Mr. White. No Time To Die opens on April 8th in the UK and April 10th in the US, so there’s plenty of time to update our conspiracy diagrams as to what that big twist may be.
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In Defense of Spectre: Daniel Craig’s Last James Bond Is Better Than You Remember
Spectre is far from the best of the James Bond films, but it’s not as bad as people seem to think.
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since the release of the last James Bond movie. The gap even ties the near fatal six-year distance between Licence to Kill and GoldenEye . But it’s true, Spectre came out in 2015. And as we stand on the cusp of its follow-up, No Time to Die , finally arriving in theaters after a delay of 18 months, it’s strange to think back to the arrival of Spectre , and the polarizing response it received.
The last James Bond movie to star Daniel Craig still sits with a 63 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, right in that vague netherworld between “fresh” and “rotten.” And while it was an enormous financial success ($881 million at the worldwide box office), it was considered something of a step back since its predecessor, 2012’s Skyfall , which grossed more than $1 billion. It might have been unrealistic to think Bond could hit that mark again, so in relative terms Spectre did quite well on its own terms and as part of the overall franchise.
There are, let’s face it, only a handful of truly great 007 adventures: Casino Royale , Goldfinger , On Her Majesty’s Secret Service , and The Spy Who Loved Me come to mind. But there are likewise several that are almost all universally despised: Die Another Day , A View to a Kill , Diamonds Are Forever , and a couple of others tend to fall into that sorry category. The rest tend to exist in a mushy middle: fun to watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon but instantly forgettable until the next time you turn it on while doing laundry.
And yet a pall hangs over Spectre , and it seems as if the fans and critics who found it disappointing are really down on the film. Yet I’d place it solidly in that middle category, and if anything closer to the top. With the exception of its third act (more on that later), it’s a solid Bond outing for the Daniel Craig era, with its star more terse than ever (watching it again, one is struck by how little dialogue Craig actually has), while its action and plot points are mostly in line with the “gritty” feel of Craig’s previous three outings.
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It also stretches the Craig template a little, allowing for a few more gadgets, some homages to past films, and a little more humor. In other words, it lets Craig come as close as he ever previously had to the fully formed Bond played by the previous five actors. No, he’s not winking and letting his eyebrows do all the acting the way Roger Moore did toward the end of his run, and he’s not quite the cruel misogynist popularized in the beginning by Sean Connery. But this is Craig’s version of that man.
Some of the Bonds that fall lower in the standings tend to have overly complicated plots, like The World is Not Enough or Octopussy . The plot of Spectre is pretty simple and straightforward: following the death of M (Judi Dench) in Skyfall , Bond goes on one last mission at her request (via a message recorded before she died) and without official authorization from the new M (Ralph Fiennes).
He learns that the man he was sent to kill, an Italian terrorist named Sciarra, has taken his marching orders from an ultra-secret criminal organization—the same entity that was apparently behind the actions of Le Chiffre ( Casino Royale ), Dominic Greene ( Quantum of Solace ), Raoul Silva ( Skyfall ) and Mr. White (the first two). Bond also learns that he and the head of this organization, which is named SPECTRE, have a personal connection going back decades.
Although he’s officially suspended from duty, Bond goes in pursuit of SPECTRE and its chief, Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz), while also making a promise to the dying Mr. White to protect his daughter, Madeline Swann (Léa Seydoux). To make matters worse, there’s also a mole in MI6 who plans to surreptitiously turn the entire surveillance apparatus of British intelligence over to (you guessed it) SPECTRE and Oberhauser.
The story has a linear, straight line: Bond must find and stop Oberhauser while bringing down SPECTRE. There’s plenty of action along the way, including a vertigo-inducing opening battle in a helicopter, a chase in which Bond steers a plane down a snowy mountain slope, and a brutal fight aboard a train between 007 and SPECTRE’s top assassin, the monstrous Mr. Hinx ( Dave Bautista ), which deliberately channels the classic train clash between Connery and Robert Shaw in From Russia With Love .
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Hinx and Bond also have a traditional car chase of their own through the winding streets of Rome, in which Bond utilizes some of the enhanced features of his Aston Martin, such as a rear-facing flamethrower and an ejector seat (sadly the machine guns are not loaded, much to Bond’s amusing chagrin). Speaking of gadgets, Bond also gets to deploy an exploding watch, just one film removed from Q (Ben Whishaw) asking him in Skyfall , “Were you expecting an exploding pen? We don’t really go in for that anymore.”
It’s all in good fun, and most of the first two hours of this lengthy adventure breezes along with a bit less of the solemnity of Skyfall and a touch more (but not too much) of the old Moore and Pierce Brosnan swagger. We also thoroughly enjoy seeing Ralph Fiennes’ M, Ben Whishaw’s Q, Naomie Harris’ Moneypenny, and Rory Kinnear’s Tanner work as a team and even get their hands dirty in the field.
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But then that last half hour hits and it kind of all goes to hell.
We’re not here to yet again relitigate the ending of Spectre and the big reveal of just who Oberhauser is. We’ve done that in our original review and in another recent feature right here . But just to quickly recap: Bond and Madeline are captured by Oberhauser and brought to his lair in a giant crater in the Sahara desert (a crater that looks suspiciously like SPECTRE’s extinct volcano hideout in You Only Live Twice ). There we learn that Bond was adopted by Oberhauser’s father after Bond’s parents were killed, and a jealous Franz killed his father, staged his own death, and launched SPECTRE while renaming himself Ernst Stavro Blofeld—all for the sole purpose of seeking vengeance on Bond.
The idea of SPECTRE and Blofeld being behind all the other villains Daniel Craig’s Bond has faced is a sound one—it was, after all, the basis of the first few Connery films—but the notion that Bond’s estranged foster brother started this deadliest of all criminal organizations just because his daddy made him feel sad is ludicrous. By all means, have SPECTRE target Bond, especially after he defeats some of Blofeld’s most fearsome lieutenants, but does it have to be a retconned family squabble?
On top of that, after Bond foils Blofeld’s plan to destroy MI6 and take over its intelligence operation, he leaves Blofeld on the street for M to arrest and walks off into the night with Madeline, a woman with whom he has no appreciable chemistry. Their romance isn’t nearly as well-developed as that of Bond and Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in Casino Royale . When Bond almost resigned from the service for Vesper, you believed it. His actions at the end of Spectre are a little more ambiguous. We don’t know if he’s leaving for good or just taking a holiday, and it’s hard to imagine that this Bond, at the height of his skills, would chuck it all away for a woman he barely knows. Which as we’ve since seen from No Time to Die is definitely what was supposed to happen .
If you take those two plot points out of the equation, Spectre is a good film and even an above-average 007 outing. Sam Mendes directs with flair, even if a few sequences are too long and the movie overall could be a little tighter. Meanwhile cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema shoots the hell out of it, and Thomas Newman’s score is propulsive and exciting. The cast is uniformly good, especially the MI6 crew, Waltz, and Craig himself, even as we wish the long-awaited return of Blofeld could have been… different.
But as Madeline Swann says to Bond, “I’m not going to ask you to change… you are who are you are.” Spectre is what it is. And we’re okay with that.
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Daniel craig's james bond recap: what to remember before no time to die.
No Time To Die is the fifth and final Daniel Craig James Bond movie but here's a refresher of what happened in the saga from Casino Royale to Spectre.
No Time To Die marks the fifth and final appearance of Daniel Craig's James Bond, and while this version of 007 has a more concise history than the prior incarnation of the British secret agent, his adventures are no less eventful. Craig took over the role of James Bond starting in 2006's Casino Royale and though he falls short of Sean Connery and Roger Moore's 7 films as 007 , Craig holds the record as the longest-tenured James Bond after 15 years playing the role. Meanwhile, No Time To Die will pit Craig's 007 against a new villain, Safin (Rami Malek), and will wrap up lingering plot threads from 2015's Spectre .
Casino Royale was a complete reboot of James Bond's movie canon, wiping clean the continuity that began with Sean Connery in 1961's Dr. No and concluded with 2002's Die Another Day starring Pierce Brosnan. Influenced by the success of Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon's leaner and meaner Jason Bourne films, James Bond's producers decided to start anew with the 21st Bond movie, which adapted Ian Fleming's first 007 novel, Casino Royale . Screenwriters Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Paul Haggis depicted the origin story of a younger and rawer James Bond, who wasn't yet the invincible gentleman spy fans knew from the previous films.
Related: Why Spectre Is Still So Important In No Time To Die
Casino Royale was a massive blockbuster, which was followed up by the less successful Quantum of Solace in 2008. Writer-director Sam Mendes then took control of 007 and he guided 2012's Skyfall to a billion-dollar box office gross while also touching upon Bond's history in ways not even Casino Royale did. Mendes returned with 2015's Spectre , which disappointed critically and at the box office after Skyfall 's zenith, but it also retconned all of Craig's prior films into a defined continuity, unified by the reboot of Bond's greatest adversary, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) .
The long-delayed No Time To Die , directed by Cory Joji Fukunaga, purportedly concludes the saga of Daniel Craig's James Bond, which would also give 007 something he's never had in his two-dozen films: a defined ending. The timeline of Craig's Bond films is fuzzy since the films don't necessarily 'happen' the same year they were theatrically released, and the extended wait for No Time To Die , which was supposed to release in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic, leaves when exactly the film's 'present day' is as an open question. Regardless, Craig's James Bond has aged as he lived through his cinematic adventures, and the 007 films from Casino Royale to No Time To Die utilize a serialized timeline .
Before Casino Royale: James Bond's New History
Drawing from the history found in Ian Fleming's novels, Skyfall established that Daniel Craig's James Bond was orphaned by the time he was 12 years of age. James' parents, Andrew Bond and Monique Delacroix, were killed during a climbing accident. James lived in his family's Scotland lodge, Skyfall, before he was adopted by Hannes Oberhauser, an Austrian climbing and skiing instructor, as retconned by Spectre . James' foster brother, Franz Oberhauser, grew up resenting Bond's closeness to his father, and this animosity continued into their adulthood.
Franz murdered his father and ran away, taking his mother's maiden name and restyling himself as Ernst Stavro Blofeld . Years later, Blofeld re-emerged as the secretive leader of the global criminal network called Spectre, which employed numerous adversaries of James Bond over the years. Meanwhile, Bond's military career in the Royal Navy led him to join MI6 and he qualified for the top-secret Double-0 branch. Bond earned his license to kill in the pre-credits sequence of Casino Royale, completing two assassinations to officially join the British Secret Service as agent 007.
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Casino Royale: Bond Falls For Vesper Lynd & Learns About Quantum
James Bond's primary mission in Casino Royale was to stop Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a private banker to terrorists. 007 was sent to play a high-stakes game of poker at the Casino Royale in Montenegro, wherein Bond was to learn more about Le Chiffre's operations as well as executing the villain. Bond's stake in the game was provided by Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) , who worked for the British Treasury. James also became allies with a French spy named Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini) and CIA agent Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright).
James fell in love with Lynd but he soon learned that she was under the thrall of the same shadowy organization Le Chiffre worked for. Le Chiffre himself was executed by Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), a high-level operative of the same organization Le Chiffre worked for. Vesper committed suicide and James believed she betrayed him and never truly loved him. However, Bond located Mr. White's phone number in Vesper's cell phone. Paying Mr. White a visit, 007 shot the villain in the leg and took him captive.
Quantum of Solace Wraps Up Casino Royale's Plot Threads
Quantum of Solace takes place immediately after the closing moments of Casino Royale as James Bond and M (Judi Dench) learn that Mr. White's organization is more far-reaching than they imagined, including hiding agents within MI6. Bond follows a trail to Bolivia where he encounters an environmentalist named Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) who tried to have his ex-lover Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko) murdered and is plotting to overthrow the Bolivian government.
Before Bond foils Greene's plot, he follows Dominic to an opera in Austria, where he infiltrates a high-level meeting of Quantum, the global criminal network that employed Greene and Mr. White. Bond later interrogates Greene about his employers before he and Camille leave Dominic to die in the Bolivian desert. Bond also gains an understanding of what Vesper Lynd was up against in Quantum and he forgives her after locating and arresting Vesper's former boyfriend, Yusef Kabira (Simon Kassianides). Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace were a two-part story that seemingly ended until Spectre retconned both into Craig's 007's saga's macro story.
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Skyfall Explores James Bond's Origin And Kills M (Judi Dench)
Years after Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace , James Bond is accidentally hit by friendly fire by Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) during a mission in Istanbul and believed dead. Bond survives and lives a life of alcoholic excess before returning to action when a cyber-terrorist named Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) targets the United Kingdom and M, specifically. Silva is revealed to be a former Double-0 agent out for revenge against M, who, in turn, must defend her agency's actions to the British government's oversight.
Bond captures Silva and returns him to London, only for Silva to reveal it was all part of his master plan. After Silva escaped, 007 decides to personally protect M by bringing her to Skyfall, his isolated childhood home in Scotland. With the help of the groundskeeper, Kincade (a role intended for Sean Connery but played Albert Finney), Bond fights off Silva's assault on Skyfall but the villain kidnaps M and she is mortally injured. Bond kills Silva but is unable to save M's life. Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) becomes the new M and James Bond returns to full active duty with MI6, completing Skyfall 's soft reboot of Daniel Craig's 007 movies.
Spectre Retcons Quantum & Bond's History With Blofeld
Spectre opens with James Bond on an unauthorized mission to Mexico City pursuing an agenda left to him by the late M. As Bond hunts down his target, Marco Sciarra (Alessandro Cremona), the new M finds an adversary in Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), who wants to shut down the Double-0 branch in favor of a global surveillance network called Nine Eyes. In Rome, 007 infiltrates a top-secret meeting of Spectre, which is overseen by Franz Oberhauser, James' former foster brother. Bond escapes Rome despite Oberhauser's hitman, Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista), and finds Mr. White, who directs Bond to protect his daughter, Dr. Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) , before he commits suicide for fear of Spectre.
Bond and Madeleine follow a trail left by her father to the desert headquarters of Spectre, and they meet Oberhauser, who reveals himself as Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Blofeld also informs Bond that he has been "the author of all of your pain" for his entire career, and that Quantum and all of his prior enemies were all working under the auspices of Spectre. Blofeld is also behind the Nine Eyes program, which would being all of the world's key intelligence agencies under Spectre's control. Bond escapes Blofeld's death trap and flees with Madeleine back to London after they destroy Spectre's base. Blofeld kidnaps Madeline again, and 007 survives one more death trap before finally capturing Blofeld. Choosing not to execute his 'brother,' after Blofeld is apprehended by MI6, Bond retires as 007 and leaves the British Secret Service with Madeleine. Daniel Craig's James Bond's story will conclude in No Time To Die but it remains to be seen what will 007's ultimate fate will be.
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Daniel Craig did a whole interview with Javier Bardem without realizing he was bleeding from his head
- Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem took part in Variety's "Actors on Actors" series.
- At the end of the interview, Bardem asked why Craig's head was bleeding.
- It turned out Craig had hurt himself setting up a ring light before the interview.
Daniel Craig did an entire interview with Javier Bardem without realizing he had a bleeding cut on his head.
Craig and Bardem were participating in Variety's annual "Actors on Actors" series , discussing their respective roles in "No Time to Die" and "Being the Ricardos."
At the end of the interview, Bardem noticed a red mark on Craig's forehead. "Let me ask you, my friend, this last question: What happened to you here?" Bardem asked, pointing at his head.
"Where? Did I bash my head?" Craig replied. "Have I just got sandwich on my head? Have I done this whole interview — it's probably a part of a sandwich!"
Craig went off-screen to check in a mirror and returned to confirm it was a bleeding cut.
"You know what it was? Christ," he explained, laughing. "So, they've sent me this wonderful ring flash, which I've set up with an iPad in the middle of it. And I went like this like that and it just fell on my head just before we started!
"This is 17 years playing Bond. No wonder I get fucking injured every time I do a movie," Craig said, pointing at the wound.
He added: "If I don't get injured while filming I'm not doing it properly."
—Variety (@Variety) January 24, 2022
Craig was referencing the numerous injuries he's sustained while playing the famous MI6 agent.
During the filming of "Quantum of Solace," Craig injured the labrum in his right shoulder, only to hurt his shoulder again later in the shoot. "I was just nervous and overcooked it," he said to GQ in a 2020 cover story. "At that point, my arm was kind of useless."
Then, during the production of "Skyfall," Craig ruptured both of his calf muscles. "It's not about recovery, because you know you can recover. It's about psychologically thinking that you're going to do it again," he told GQ.
Craig later snapped his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while staging a fight with Dave Bautista on the set of "Spectre." He told GQ, "I was like, 'Dave, throw me, for Christ's sake,' because he was being light with me. So he threw me and, God bless him, he just left my knee over there."
Elsewhere in the "Actors on Actors" conversation Craig revealed that Bardem once dressed in drag and jumped out of a cake to celebrate his birthday. Both actors have their birthdays one day apart and had decided to celebrate together when Bardem surprised him.
"I was supposed to be the Bond girl that night, and oh, my God, I was," Bardem recalled. "I sang 'Happy Birthday to You,' my best Marilyn Monroe impersonation. When they told me to sing, I was like, 'Are you sure of that? Are you sure you want me singing?' And then I try."
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Fans Felt Bad For Graham Norton After 'Disastrous' Daniel Craig Interview
- Daniel Craig's interviews and red carpet moments are often awkward and uncomfortable, leaving fans cringing.
- A 2021 interview on The Graham Norton Show with Daniel Craig and his co-stars for No Time To Die was deemed "painful" and lacked fluidity.
- Craig has openly expressed his dislike for playing James Bond and has struggled with fame, leading to his tense and uncooperative behavior during interviews.
During his run as James Bond , Daniel Craig became infamous for appearing unfriendly in interviews and making red carpet moments incredibly awkward.
In a 2021 interview on The Graham Norton Show , fans couldn't help but notice how awkward things seemed between Graham Norton, Daniel Craig and his No Time To Die co-stars during the uncomfortable interview.
The presenter interviewed Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek and Lashana Lynch on the show, but fans declared the exchange as being "painful."
One viewer took to social media to write: "Jeez. The Graham Norton show is painful this evening … feels like no one wants to be there."
A viewer wrote on Twitter about Daniel Craig's The Graham Norton Show episode, "There does seem to be a lack of fluidity. Not sure if that’s the editing though. They normally have 2 hrs of recording to whittle down to 45 mins." Despite the awkward engagement, fans praised Graham Norton for trying his best with a couch of guests who appeared to not want to be there.
Another viewer added, "Graham Norton show super weird and awkward, two of the cast pretending they’d never heard of James Bond prior to being cast."
In addition to promoting No Time To Die , Daniel Craig was also notoriously grumpy while promoting 2015's James Bond film, Spectre , even claiming he’d rather “slit his wrists” than play James Bond again. “I’m over it at the moment,” Craig told Time Out . “We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
In the following, we will take a look at some of Daniel Craig's history with awkward and uncomfortable interview moments. We also look at what it is about playing James Bond that Daniel Craig hates.
Daniel Craig's Awkward Morning TV Interview In 2015 For Spectre
The No Time To Die cast's interview on The Graham Norton Show is not the only time the James Bond actor created an awkward TV moment. In 2015, Daniel Craig appeared on This Morning in the UK, but cameras were forced to cut away after he began to swear.
The interviewer, Sarah Powell, spoke about the outfits he wore as the famous spy, before asking Craig if he removed his clothing during Spectre . Craig admitted he had gone "shy," talking about that subject.
The interviewer then asked him to "pull his famous pout." When Craig was repeatedly asked to pull James Bond's signature smouldering look, he eventually said, "I think you need to move on."
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Powell asked if the actor would ever play a villain in the long-running spy franchise. He responded, "I don't know how to answer that. I don't think that would... no, I don't think so."
The segment of the British morning magazine show ends abruptly. This was because the actor allegedly used foul language, although the producers later denied this. Audiences were torn about whether the Layer Cake actor should have lightened up or if the presenter was asking inappropriate questions.
As the show cut to hosts Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden, Phillip told audiences, "We rushed that interview over and edited that quickly, I'm sure you would have taken out the pout stuff if we hadn't."
Things Got Uncomfortable During This Red Carpet Interview With Daniel Craig For No Time To Die
Although Craig appeared extra uncooperative during the Spectre press tour, he continued his curmudgeon behavior during the No Time To Die premiere.
An Australian reporter endured an excruciating interview with Daniel Craig at the 2021 London premiere of his final James Bond film, No Time to Die .
Craig shut down Nine News' European correspondent Brett McLeod when the reported asked him who wanted to take over the role of Bond . Craig quickly shot back with, "Not my problem."
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Co-hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon expressed their awkwardness when the interview aired on the Today show. "It's not hard, is it?" Langdon exclaimed on the morning news show. "Make a bit of effort and answer a question!"
McLeod also asks Daniel Craig if he was sad at walking his last red carpet as a James Bond actor. "I don't know how much I'll miss this," he said, referring to the extravagant red carpet event, which members of the Royal Family attended. "Maybe. We'll see. I'll think about it tomorrow." he added.
Why Daniel Craig Struggled Playing James Bond
Daniel Craig has admitted he struggled with playing James Bond, which could be why he struggled during interviews. In an interview with The Sun , the star said he felt “physically and mentally under siege”. The actor starred in five Bond movies from 2006 before ending his reign in the 2021 film No Time To Die .
“I used to lock myself in and close the curtains, I was in cloud cuckoo land. I was physically and mentally under siege.”
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Craig has also described fame as something "he used to hate" and admitted in 2022 that he had "to get used to being famous, which is still so foreign to me."
The Logan Lucky star explained that fame made him unable to do many things he once loved. "Because it will become public knowledge that you've gotten drunk in a bar or skinny-dipped on a beach or something."
"But now everyone's got a camera. Not that all I want to do is get drunk in a bar, but that's an example," he jovially added. The star, who is married to Rachel Weisz, keeps a notoriously low profile in his day-to-day life.
An interview with Sorted magazine also gave fans an insight into why Daniel Craig is so uncomfortable promoting his work . In a conversation about social media, which Daniel Craig does not use, he stated, "It's not that I dislike people. It's more that I just want to have a private life like everyone else who isn't in the public eye. I don't get why people want to speak to me or get me to go out with them or anything, anyway. I'm relatively boring, and I like my own space."