Daniel Craig on ‘James Bond’: ‘Being just a small part of that has been an honor’

Published October 28, 2021, 1:11 PM

by John Legaspi

‘No Time To Die’ to open in Philippine cinemas this November

It sure is going to be the end of an era as Daniel Craig portrays James Bond for the last time in “No Time To Die,” ending his 15-year-long journey as the most famous double-O agent in cinematic history.

“I started it like that with Casino,” begins Craig. “That was how we went in and that was a lot of what defined the way I have played this wonderful character. I wanted Bond to look like a killer and I wanted him to behave like a killer because that’s what he is, an assassin; that’s what he was written as. But I wanted a modern take on that.”

Daniel Craig as James Bond in ‘Not Time To Die’

In “No Time To Die,” Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Where once the James Bond films played as separate adventures, linked by characters both malevolent and benign, EON Productions wanted the Daniel Craig series to unfold as a unified whole. “Quantum Of Solace” (2008) picked up immediately after “Casino Royale” (2006), which had tracked Bond’s initiation into the life of a double-O agent. “Skyfall” (2012) slotted into the series to reveal important aspects of Bond’s early life. Now, the latest film in the EON series, “No Time To Die,” begins in the aftermath of “Spectre” (2015) where the film’s conclusion saw Bond and Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) drive away in the Aston Martin DB5.

Not surprisingly, “No Time To Die” proved an emotional project for all of those involved, especially for Daniel himself. Last September, a video of him saying farewell to the character and the team behind the films went viral on social media.

“When I stop and think about what we have achieved over five movies, it’s really very emotional; it’s been nearly 15 years of my life,” he says. “And I felt with ‘No Time To Die’ there was a story to finish off and lots of loose ends that we needed to tie up. I feel we’ve done that. I’m immensely proud of it and I am immensely proud of the huge collective effort that goes into making a Bond movie. Being just a small part of that has been an honor.”

The 25th film in the “James Bond” series is set to premiere in Philippine theaters this November 2021. Wondering where to watch it? Here’s a list of local cinemas reopening next month.

Watch the trailer here: