Daniel Craig Reflects On James Bond Casting Backlash

With his time as James Bond at an end, Daniel Craig looks back on the negative reactions that greeted his casting and shares how he processed them.

Daniel Craig looks back on the initial backlash to his James Bond casting and reveals his reaction to it. Craig first played the iconic British spy in 2006’s Casino Royale and has appeared in five 007 moves in total. With No Time to Die, recently released in the U.K. and out this week in the U.S. and Canada, he completes his tenure. No Time to Die was once slated for release in spring 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed it multiple times. As Craig has now received a longer-than-expected sendoff, there’s been plenty of time to reflect on how far he’s come.

Craig took over the role of Bond after Pierce Brosnan vacated it in 2002. Though Craig is now the definitive Bond for this day and age, there was pushback from fans when he was first cast. Some felt he didn’t look the part with his blonde hair and shorter stature, while others believed he wouldn’t be able to carry out the necessary action scenes. The James Bond franchise’s casting director, Debbie McWilliams, recently looked back on the backlash and recalled feeling sorry for Craig.

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