Daniel Craig’s ‘first bit of training’ on James Bond was getting drunk on vodka martinis

It’s been over 15 years since Daniel Craig was cast as James Bond in Casino Royale. And now in a brand new documentary on his 007 era, the outgoing star of No Time To Die has shared how he celebrated the news. Bond producer Barbara Broccoli phoned him up and said, “Over to you kiddo”, after which Craig grabbed himself a bottle of vodka and vermouth.

Speaking in Being James Bond: The Daniel Craig Story, the 53-year-old star said: “[I] bought a cocktail shaker and went back to my apartment and started mixing myself vodka martinis.”

Bond producer Michael G Wilson joked, “That was the first bit of training”, while Craig added, “I think I had a hangover for like three days.”

The next day the new Bond went to meet his personal trainer Simon Waterson with a huge hangover.

Craig said of his personal trainer: “That was his first memory of me! Smoking a cigarette and eating a bacon sandwich.”

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Daniel Craig’s ‘first bit of training’ on James Bond was getting drunk on vodka martinis

Daniel Craig’s ‘first bit of training’ on James Bond was getting drunk on vodka martinis (Image: GETTY/MGM)

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Daniel Craig drinking Vesper martinis with Madeleine Swann in Spectre (Image: MGM)


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The new Bond said to Waterson: “I want to change… and it was seven days a week from then on.”

Craig took the physical aspect of the role very seriously, do many of his own stunts in his 007 movies.

However, this would all take its toll after he broke his leg on his fourth outing Spectre.

Rather than taking around nine months to recover from his injury, Craig refused to shut down production.

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Being James Bond poster (Image: APPLE)

Instead, Spectre’s opening scene in Mexico City’s Day of the Dead festivities was redesigned.

Originally a chase was planned but this was replaced with more of a stealth-like walk across buildings and through crowds, which ended up working really well.

Being James Bond: The Daniel Craig Story is available to rent for free on Apple TV.

The new 007 documentary is available until October 7 and you don’t have to have an Apple TV+ subscription.

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The 46-minute documentary film includes unheard interviews from the star and the Bond producers.

A particular highlight has to be the footage of Craig’s audition from over 15 years ago.

No Time To Die is released in UK cinemas on September 30 and in US movies theatres on October 8.

While 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise.

Read More: Hollywood News


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