‘I’ll probably be incredibly bitter when the new person takes over,’ says Daniel Craig on passing on the mantle of playing the titular character of James Bond


Daniel Craig has revealed that he is happy for getting the opportunity to say goodbye to James Bond in his own way, which he did not think was going to happen. In a recent appearance on a talk show, Craig said that he for a while he was under the impression that Spectre was going to be his final role as 007. However, with No Time To Die he got to say a fitting farewell to the iconic British spy he has played for 16 years. He also said that he would be ‘incredibly bitter when the new person takes over’ from him to play James Bond.

He said, “I thought that was it. And I’m really, really happy that I was given the opportunity to come back and do No Time to Die because we’ve sort of wrapped up a lot of the stories. And just a chance to come do one more was wonderful.”

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Craig said that bidding the legendary character farewell has been a bag of emotions after playing the titular character for 16 long years. He said, “It’s been incredible to do these films. It’s very emotional. I’m glad I am ending it on my own terms. I’m grateful to the producers for letting me do that. But I sure miss it. I’ll probably be incredibly bitter when the new person takes over.”

Craig had given an emotional farewell to the cast and crew when he wrapped his fifth and final James Bond film, No Time To Die back in 2019, the footage of which was used in the new Apple TV+ documentary Being James Bond. In the footage, he said, “A lot of people here worked on five pictures with me. I know there are a lot of things said about what I think of these films, but I’ve loved every single second of these movies. And especially this one, because I’ve got up every morning, and I’ve had the chance to work with you guys. And that has been one of the greatest honors of my life.”

No Time To Die also stars Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes. It is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and is slated to release on September 30. Craig was recently named an honorary British Royal Navy Commander, holding the same rank as James Bond.

(Source: The Graham Norton Show)