Why Daniel Craig Thought He Was Going to Lose James Bond Role to Another Actor

by Keeli Parkey

If you were born in, let’s say the last three decades or so, the actor you most likely identify as James Bond is none other than Daniel Craig.

Of course, other iconic actors have brought the British spy to life on the big screen. The most famous of these is probably Sean Connery. Other “Bonds” have included Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan. As fans are aware, the famous character is based on the work of author Ian Fleming.

Craig’s tenure as “007” has lasted over several films. These are “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall,” “Spectre,” and the upcoming “No Time to Die.” It’s been an impressive run for the 53-year-old British actor as the beloved spy. “No Time to Die” will reportedly be Craig’s last as Bond. It will premiere on Friday, Oct. 8.

However, when he was auditioning for the role, Daniel Craig didn’t exactly have his hopes up that he would land the job as the next James Bond. The actor, who is also known for his work in such films as “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Knives Out,” and “Layer Cake,” talked about his hopes for the “007” role during a recent interview, according to PEOPLE.

Daniel Craig Said He Felt Like He Was ‘Someone to Dismiss’ During Auditions for James Bond

According to what he said during an interview with The New York Times, Daniel Craig “assumed he’d been invited to audition as cannon fodder, to make it easier to choose someone else for the part.” 

In fact, Craig believed that he was just brought in to the audition so that the powers that be behind the film could say they auditioned different actors. “I was just amongst the mix — someone to dismiss,” Craig shared.

The actor did say that he felt like he could land a role in the Bond movie. However, it wasn’t as the spy himself. He thought he could play a bad guy. “Here you go, have a baddie,” Craig recounted feeling.

As for the legacy he will leave behind as James Bond, Daniel Craig said he felt like he would be remembered “as the Grumpy Bond.”

This is a description of his work as the famous spy that he definitely can live with. “That’s just my Bond and I have to face up to it, that has been my Bond. But I’m quite satisfied with that,” Craig also said.

You can check out the trailer for the upcoming James Bond film, “No Time to Die,” below.

As far as what the future holds for Daniel Craig, he has both stage and film work ahead of him. He will be appearing in not one, but two, sequels to the popular film “Knives Out.” The actor is returning as detective Benoit Blanc for the sequels.

Also, Craig will be appearing on Broadway in the near future. He is set to be the star in a production of the famous Shakespeare tragedy “Macbeth” as the title character. Starring as his Lady Macbeth with be Ruth Negga. The production will begin during early 2022, according to Playbill.