Mark Strong Went Partying with Daniel Craig, Lost James Bond Role As a Result

by Chris Haney
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Although a night out partying with James Bond star Daniel Craig sounds like a blast, it cost actor Mark Strong a role as a villain in the 007 series.

Strong is no stranger to playing the bad guy in big-budget productions. The 58-year-old starred as villains Sinestro in 2011’s Green Lantern, Frank D’Amico in 2010’s Kick-Ass, and Henry Blackwood in 2009’s Sherlock Holmes. However, he likely missed out on a huge opportunity to feature as one of James Bond’s infamous enemies back when Pierce Brosnan was still playing 007.

Ironically, Strong was hanging out with future James Bond actor Daniel Craig the night before his big audition. He said he felt “quite cocky” about his chances of earning the role during a recent interview with Radio Times.

“But the night before, I went out for a drink with Danny,” Strong said. “And unfortunately, I had a bit too much to drink. So I got to the audition the next day, thinking it would all just come back to me.”

Craig and Strong worked together on the 1996 BBC drama Our Friends In The North. The pair became friends and went out together that fateful night, which ended up coming back to bite him.

“The more I couldn’t remember the lines, the hotter I got. The more I started to sweat, and the worse it got,” Strong admitted. “I didn’t get the job. It was excruciating.”

Brosnan starred as James Bond in four 007 movies from 1995 to 2002. Since Craig and Strong didn’t work together until 1996, the actor presumably missed out as the villain of one of the last three Brosnan-led films. It must’ve been devastating at the time. But hopefully Strong’s years of Hollywood success has eased the pain of his drunken night out.

Daniel Craig Says ‘It Was Time to Finish’ with James Bond

James Bond star Daniel Craig is saying goodbye to the famous 007 role following the series’ newest release earlier this month, No Time to Die. It’s his fifth starring role in the storied spy thriller series, so it’s a bittersweet goodbye for the actor.

“I think it will take me 15 years to unpack all of this,” he told Good Morning America recently. “It’s so crazy. Getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that’s so surreal to me from where I come from in life. So, yeah I’m kind of just taking it all in.”

Since 2006’s Casino Royale, Craig has featured as the lead man in the James Bond films. He went on to film Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre before No Time to Die released on Oct. 6. He told the GMA hosts that the role will always be a huge part of his life, and that he’s beyond thankful to play James Bond. Yet every good thing must come to an end at some point, and the 007 star accepts that.

“To think back for a second of what was achieved and what these movies have meant to so many people, it’s such a big deal,” he said. “But it’s time to finish. It’s done.”