Daniel Craig Decided on ‘No Time to Die’ Ending During His First James Bond

by Samantha Whidden
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Although the ending of No Time to Die shocked moviegoers and fans of the James Bond franchise, Daniel Craig actually was not surprised about the fate of his on-screen spy character.

According to Yahoo! Celebrity UK, Daniel Craig revealed he spent the past 15 years knowing what was going to happen to his James Bond persona. (Warning: Spoilers) At the end of No Time to Die, Craig’s Bond was unable to escape from a huge explosion. The death was meant to be an official exit of Craig for the famous spy role. 

In a new companion book for No Time To DieTaschen’s James Bond Archives, Daniel Craig reportedly stated that he was not surprised by the finale scene, however. He actually even requested to be killed off when he first became James Bond in 2006. He also told the producers how he would like his role to end as well. 

“When I started as Bond on Casino Royale, one of the early discussions I had with Barbara [Broccolli] and Michael [G. Wilson] was that I would like to be killed off when I am finished.”

Obviously, plans for Daniel Craig’s departure from the James Bond franchise were kept under wraps for years. This included giving many cast and crew members working on the James Bond films fake scripts in case of any leaks from the sets. Associate producer, Gregg Wilson, also shared, “This is the first time we have had to keep elements of the story a secret.”

It was also revealed that producers were actually considering giving Daniel Craig’s James Bond a daughter for the film Spectre. But eventually nixed the plans due to James Bond being too old.

Daniel Craig Admits He Will Miss Playing James Bond A lot 

During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Daniel Craig admitted that he will miss playing the iconic James Bond role. “I’ll miss everything, I think. I’ll miss the collaboration. I mean, hopefully, I’ll keep working. And I’ll have a lot of other lovely jobs, but it’s very, very, very, very rare air.”

Daniel Craig also stated that apart from the Marvel films, there aren’t movies that are as big as James Bond. “I’ve had the privilege of being involved in it. It was there before me, and it will be there after me. But I’ve had a chance to be part of all of this. And if you can’t get it up for a Bond movie as an actor, what can you get it up for?”

In regards to his injury on the Spectre set, Daniel Craig added, “I finished that movie with a broken leg. I’m not moaning about that; it’s just the way it was. I had to question myself: Was I physically capable of doing [another one], or did I physically want to do another one?”