James Bond: Daniel Craig says film is ‘bigger and better’
The English actor’s latest performance as Bond is his fifth and final outing as the fictional MI6 agent. No Time To Die, the 25th instalment of the Bond franchise, finally premiered last night after being pushed back several times due to COVID-19. The world exclusive showing of the film at London’s Royal Albert Hall last night was a glittering who’s who of celebrities and royalty.
Craig, 52, was joined by the film’s director Cary Joji Fukunaga, as well as his co-stars, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch and Naomie Harris.
Billie Eilish, Emma Raducanu, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were also on the red carpet.
Craig has cemented his reputation as a national treasure with his portrayal of James Bond.
However, the actor’s career emerged from more humble origins, including a stint working in kitchens while he trained as a youth theatre actor.
He eventually made his on-screen debut in ‘The Power of One’, the 1992 film starring Morgan Freeman.
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A fresh-faced Craig was given a few lines as Sergeant Botha in the story about a young English boxer living in Africa during World War 2.
Following his first – if small – film role, the actor really came to the public’s attention with BBC2 series ‘Our Friends in the North’ in 1996.
The show features Mr Craig as Geordie, a young man from Newcastle whose turbulent life with his three friends is captured between 1964 and 1995.
As the actor’s talents progressed with further work, he received recognition at the 50th Berlin International Film Festival in 2000.
He was selected for the European Film Promotion’s Shooting Stars programme to recognise up and coming new actors on the continent.
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One of Mr Craig’s first big Hollywood breaks came with a supporting role in ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ in 2001.
The actor played Alex West, a treasure hunter and acquaintance of Lara Croft, starring alongside Angelina Jolie.
Just years later he was announced as the new Bond in ‘Casino Royale’, which hit cinemas in 2006.
He later admitted he almost turned down the role when offered it by producer Barbara Broccoli.
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Ahead of the release of No Time To Die, Mr Craig spoke to Edith Bowman at the BAFTA: Life in Pictures event earlier this month.
Speaking about Casino Royale, he told the presenter: “I just said I can’t, I mean; I think you got the wrong guy.
“People used to say, ‘Oh you must have always wanted to be James Bond.’
“I went well, yeah, as a kid I kind of thought about it. I wanted to be Spiderman as well, but I just thought it was never going to happen.”
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After taking on 007, Mr Craig got the Bond bug and ended up doing four more films, ‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008), ‘Skyfall’ (2012), ‘Spectre’ (2015) and No Time To Die.
The actor also opened up about his feelings he had on his last day on the set of his fifth and final Bond film.
He said: “I just realized I’ve been working with these people, some of them for nearly thirty years ’cause there’s a lot of people I just worked with in the film industry.
“It’s just always about the team and you know, Barbara makes an atmosphere on set where we’re a family.”
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