A Hollywood extra looked so much like Daniel Craig that he couldn’t star in the background of the new James Bond film “No Time To Die.”
Jason Kent has made a career out of moonlighting as a Daniel Craig lookalike. During the day, he alternates between jobs as a painter, decorator, and factory work. But he discovered his true calling in lookalike work after Craig rose to fame in the early 2000s.
People started recognizing Craig after his performance in the crime flick “Layer Cake,” which came out in 2004. Two years later, he debuted as James Bond in “Casino Royale,” and the rest is history.
“I remember back in 2004 I had people saying, ‘You look like that guy in the film ‘Layer Cake,'” Kent told LADbible. He’d never heard of Daniel Craig before that, but he started paying attention once the actor was cast as Bond.
“Over the next few years, I watch as his popularity went through the roof,” Kent continued. “But I held back from doing any lookalike work. Every time I went out, I had people coming up to me saying how much I looked like him, wanting selfies which helped boost my confidence. One day I plucked up the courage to have some photos done and loved them.”
See the similarity for yourself below. Kent does public appearances, photoshoots, and other lookalike work for people who can’t get the real Daniel Craig. But they don’t need to when Kent embodies him so perfectly.
When he’s not doing lookalike work, Kent also works as a supporting artist. He’s already starred in the WWII film “1917” and the sci-fi hit “The Darkest Hour.” But he couldn’t make his way onto the “No Time To Die” set.
“Unfortunately I couldn’t get on the latest Bond,” Kent said. “My agency said I looked too much like him to be stood in the background.”
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Although he didn’t make it into the film, Kent still scored tons of lookalike work in the last few months, leading up to the “No Time To Die” theatrical release.
“I have an agency in Germany that have booked me for some work over there when the film is released,” Kent said, “Lookalike work ranges from £500-£1000 ($656-$1312) and photoshoots from £250-£500 ($328-$656). I prefer the photoshoots and also get some great shots out of it too.”
This is Daniel Craig’s last James Bond movie, though. For the last 15 years, he’s been the face of the franchise, but that will end when a new Bond is chosen.
But Kent hopes Craig’s legacy as Bond will continue, enough that people will still want to work with him as a lookalike.
“Daniel Craig is a tough act to follow. Although this seems to be his last outing as James Bond, he’s a great actor and will carry on his career in other things,” Kent concluded. “It will be interesting to see what future parts he plays, but he will always be remembered as James Bond. So hopefully the interest in a lookalike will continue.”