With his farewell to the character of James Bond, Daniel Craig can now speak more freely of memories and anecdotes attached to the greatest role of his career. In the last episode of “No Time To Die: The Official James Bond Podcast”, he recounted the day he learned he had the role and how he celebrated the event.
Of Invasion To Casino Royale
Fall 2005, Daniel Craig shoots the film in Baltimore Invasion, with Nicole Kidman and in particular Jeffrey Wright – whom he will therefore find quickly -, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. In great secrecy, it has already taken a few days to pass a screen test, returned to Baltimore and resumed filming, not telling anyone. Then came Barbara Broccoli’s call, while he was just shopping at the supermarket. A story given in “No Time To Die: The Official James Bond Podcast”.
It was very long, there was about a year between then and when I first met Barbara and Michael. When I found out, it was mostly disbelief, “really? Really? Really ???” I couldn’t realize, and even really believe it.
Daniel Craig, who until then had only had a leading role in the cinema the main character and narrator of Layer Cake, does not realize that he is entering another dimension, all the more that he is held to secrecy and cannot share the good news with anyone, until his casting is formalized, October 14, 2005. On January 3, 2006, the shooting of Casino Royale where he then becomes one of the most famous heroes in the history of cinema.
A solitary party but with a vodka martini taste
Since he was out shopping, Daniel Craig decided to celebrate the role of James Bond with a drink. so 007: the famous vodka martini cocktail, in a shaker of course.
I got drunk, that’s what I did! I bought a bottle of vodka, a martini, a cocktail shaker and made myself three or four vodka martinis. But I could only drink alone, I couldn’t celebrate with anyone because I had to keep it a secret. So there was also a bit of melancholy.
The actor declares that he finally had to get to the first day of filming Casino Royale to finally fully understand that he was now James Bond. After more than 15 years and five films in the role of the agent, Daniel Craig can now use new vodka martinis to celebrate retirement!