Daniel Craig 'wanted to stop after Spectre' says Broccoli
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No Time to Die is finally hitting cinema screens later this week as James Bond fans prepare to say farewell to Daniel Craig’s portrayal once and for all. However, it has now been revealed by producer Barbara Broccoli in an interview with BBC’s The One Show that Craig had insisted he “had to stop” playing the iconic role after Spectre, with the actor deeming the 2015 blockbuster as his swan song at the time. Speaking to reporter Matt Allwright, Broccoli delved into the conversations that took place to convince Craig to make one final outing.
“This is Daniel’s last film,” Allwright began. “How much added responsibility to finish that era of Bond in the right way?”
Broccoli replied: “Well, it’s a huge responsibility because the films that he’s made have been so good.
“At the end of Spectre he really said, ‘I’ve got to stop now’ and we let a little time go by,” she added as she began to laugh.
Explaining the change of mind, she continued: “And then sort of talked to him and said, ‘you know what? Your story really isn’t finished’.
“So he gave it some time and then we all reassembled and we talked about what that final chapter could be.
“He got really excited about it and so it was that enthusiasm which really propelled us through.”
Broccoli also touched upon the decision to cast Rami Malek as the villain for Craig’s final thriller.
The Bohemian Rhapsody star is taking on the role of Safin, the latest villain to cross paths with the 00 agent.
“He is the most extraordinary villain we’ve had,” Broccoli praised.
“Because he comes across as someone who’s also been wounded so I think you really understand the complexity of his character.
“He really pulls it off,” Broccoli added, teeing up a tantalising showdown between the two Bond characters.
Later in the BBC programme, Malek and fellow No Time to Die star Lashana Lynch joined hosts Alex Scott and Jermaine Jenas in the studio.
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The pair remained tight-lipped about plot details but Malek was probed on what he could tell BBC viewers to get excitement levels rising.
“Okay, so this film, it begins right after Spectre, the couple [Bond and Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux)] are very much in love.
“In fact, I heard Daniel say this, this is very much a love story but then I come into the picture and I just destroy the whole thing.”
And it didn’t take long after the Bond-centric episode of The One Show for fans to express their excitement at the movie’s release.
Hannah commented on Twitter: “YES!!! Bond on the One Show! [heart emoji] #TheOneShow #BBCOne #JamesBond.”
Alex echoed: “Watching Rami on the One Show and can’t wait to see James once again…”
While Matt agreed: “Seeing Rami Malek and Lashana Lynch on The One Show getting me pumped for #NoTimeToDie
And Charlotte saw the funny side of the episode: “the one show does make me laugh because it goes from them talking to rami malek and lashana lynch about james bond to potholes in stoke on trent.”
The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.
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