“He was killing himself making the movie”: James Bond Producer Was Worried Daniel Craig Might Have a Breakdown After Fans Rejected His 007 Casting, Proved Them Wrong With Nearly $4B Box-Office Rampage

“He was killing himself making the movie”: James Bond Producer Was Worried Daniel Craig Might Have a Breakdown After Fans Rejected His 007 Casting, Proved Them Wrong With Nearly $4B Box-Office Rampage
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Rumors about the next M16 agent are frequent on the internet after Daniel Craig retired from the role. When Daniel Craig was initially cast as James Bond it led to widespread outrage on the internet, the hate towards him was vicious and violent. 


Fans ran hashtags like Blond Bond, these were meant to attack Daniel Craig directly as he is blond which did not please the fans. The James Bond purists claimed that Craig wasn’t the ideal choice as the fictional character has short black hair. Daniel Craig and the owner of the franchise addressed this hate they received. 

Daniel Craig wanted to give fans the best James Bond Film

Daniel Craig in No Time to Die

After five successful films and fifteen years as James Bond, Daniel Craig reflects on the hate and criticism he received after being cast as James Bond. Craig opened up about it when speaking with Kevin Polowy of Yahoo Entertainment, 


“Of course, I was bothered by it. But there was nothing I could do. It’s like [the saying goes], ‘Control the things that you can control.’ All I could do was make a good movie, or attempt to make a good movie and say, ‘There you go.’ And if they didn’t like it, then I don’t know, that’s all I had to give.”

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Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.

As fans continued to doubt and criticize the casting the actor did not let it break him. He took it to his chin and gave his best to make a good film. This strategy of his worked wonders as Casino Royale his debut as James Bond was successful at the Box Office. The films that followed redefined James Bond, Craig made the character his own and brought a refreshing perspective on the secret spy. The film did not just do well in numbers but also led to the reinvention of James Bond on screen. 

Daniel Craig was killing himself to film James Bond 

Producer Barbara Broccoli with Daniel Craig

The owner of the franchise Barbara Broccoli also attested to Daniel Craig’s abilities and his dedication to playing James Bond. She admitted that the hate bothered her but she did not lose hope or belief in Craig. She said, 


“It was so ridiculous. It was absurd. But you know, it was the beginning of the whole internet bonanza. I mean, the fact that they were complaining that he was blond stupefied me because Roger Moore was blond.”

She continued, 

 I didn’t know what they were talking about. It was distressing but we were only really concerned about him because he was being attacked, so virulently, when he was killing himself making the movie. But we knew how good he was. So it never made us second guess our decision at all. I mean, we knew he was going to be fantastic, but it was a very bizarre and very strange episode in our lives.”

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Daniel Craig

The producer worked overtime to convince Craig to return for a fifth movie No Time to Die which exceeded all expectations and was one of the best Grand Finale to one of the most loved and well-known characters. Despite the immense hate and criticism the total Box Office collection of these five films by Craig has collected over $4 Billion in total. This should serve as great learning for whoever will be taking over as the next Agent 007. 


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No Time To Die is available on Apple TV

Source: YahooEntertainment


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