It’s the end of an era as the actor bows out after fifteen years and five films. Craig’s tenure as the British super spy has re-established Bond as a blockbuster franchise, with 2012’s Skyfall raking in $1.1billion at the global box office. Although he is perhaps best known for the lighter more playful side of his character (on screen or off) the star opened up in a new interview about his hilarious reaction to winning the role and his equally frank advice for whoever takes over next. In typically blunt fashion, Craig simply said: “Don’t be s**t!”
The actor, who was given the honorary Royal Navy rank of Commander this week, admitted he didn’t even consider he was in the running for Bond when he went in for his first meeting with producer Barbara Broccoli.
Craig said: “My agent got a phone call and said ‘Barbara [Broccoli] wants to see you’ and I was a bit like, ‘Well, come on, really?’ It was very unclear what it was about, I thought maybe it’s a part or it’s something in the next movie and I went to see Barbara [Broccoli] and Michael [G. Wilson] at Eon in Piccadilly and they said ‘We want you to be the next James Bond.’ I was like ‘Come on, what are you talking about?’”
“Look: when I was a kid of course I dreamt of being James Bond but I dreamt of being Spider-Man and Superman and Batman and everybody else. But as an actor I just thought ‘That’s not happening’ and I was really happy with that, I was doing some really interesting jobs and my career was going great guns so it wasn’t an ambition of mine.”
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The actor has previously spoken about how he wrestled with taking on such a high-profile part that would end his anonymity and might also typecast him.
But he told Radio One: “My friends and family found out over quite a long period of time and actually I used them as a sounding board because it was such a big decision. So I asked ‘What do you think?’ and they all universally went ‘You’re stupid – you have to do it!’and I was like ‘Really!?'”
Craig also had a clear idea of how to approach the role, differently from some of his predecessors.
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Craig said: “I’m a huge fan of Roger [Moore], I’m a huge fan of Pierce [Brosnan]. I’ve never wanted to emulate or copy what they did.
“I wanted to define it by what I did – but one of the reasons I did Casino Royale, in that script when I got to the line, ‘I want a vodka martini shaken not stirred’ and it was written in the script, ‘Do I look like I give a f**k?’ and I was like, ‘I’m in!’ – because if that’s where you’re going with this, that’s the direction I want to take it.”
In fact, the actor is keen to dispel the popular misconception that he is lacking in humour: “I’m a bit giggly and like to have a laugh… I would laugh all the way through it if I could but I think sometimes I have to get a bit more serious.
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Craig said: “I was in Whole Foods getting some weekly shopping and the phone went and I picked it up and Barbara said ‘Over to you kiddo’ and I was like ‘Okay’ and she was like Yeah, that’s it, it’s happening.’
“I did this thing with the trolley where I pushed it into the corner and I walked into the off-licence section of Whole Foods and bought a bottle of vodka and a bottle of vermouth and a cocktail shaker and the cocktail glass and went home and started mixing myself these drinks.
“It was kind of rather sad because I couldn’t tell anyone because it was still a secret. And by the time I had about three I went to a bar where I had three more and I must have had a smile on my face because the barman was like ‘What are you so happy about?’ and I was like ‘I can’t tell you but something great has happened’ and he said ‘Well… this one is on me.'”
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Over the years, Craig has enjoyed some of the perks of the job and admits he always takes home his wardrobe.
He said: “I keep the clothes only because they get worn in so nicely, within in the space of the shoot it looks like I’ve owned them for ten years and they’re the kind of clothes I like and… there are a couple of watches I’ve been given which are really nice…
“There’s a stiff upper lip to him (Bond) but there’s also a style – the tailoring, the cars – which all feels particularly British to me which is fun to play with and I really get a kick out of doing all of that.”
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