Wednesday 21 March 2018

Sam Mendes thought casting Daniel Craig as Bond was a 'terrible idea' and says he won't direct Bond beyond Spectre

Daniel Craig in Spectre
Daniel Craig in Spectre
Director Sam Mendes, right, speaks to actor Christoph Waltz, left, during the filming of the new James Bond film, Spectre, in London
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Sam Mendes has now helmed two Bond movies with Daniel Craig in the lead role, but the director admits he didn't think Craig was right for the role.

Mendes, who previously directed Skyfall and the upcoming Spectre, admitted he initially thought Craig as Bond was a "terrible idea".

Speaking on BBC's TMS podcast, he said he thought it "wouldn't work".

Mendes (49) said, "I had cast Daniel Craig in this film I made in Chicago called Road To Perdition about 15 years ago and it was his first big American film.

"The the role of Bond came up years later and I was called by Entertainment Weekly, a showbiz publication, and they said your old friend and collaborator has been suggested as Bond, what do you think?

"I said 'terrible idea - he shouldn't do it'.

"Because for me at the time I thought Bond had become the opposite of what Daniel is - a slightly disengaged, urbane jokey eyebrow raising, you know, a pastiche in a way and I feel Daniel's reality, passion and sort of honesty as an actor would not work."

However, he concedes that Craig has been "fantastic" in the role.

"But of course the franchise adapted to work with Daniel and when I saw it at the cinema I thought it was a fantastic piece of casting. And it was that that got me reinterested as Bond as a movie."

Mendes also revealed that he would not direct any more Bond movies after Spectre, which is slated for a November 6 release.

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