Daniel Craig will make his fifth and final appearance as James Bond when No Time to Die is released in cinemas (at last!) later this month.
But how does he feel about his second outing? Not that great, as it turns out.
As the Bond franchise gets set to enter a new era with the departure of Craig, the 007 actor has been reflecting on his time with the series, telling a new Apple TV+ documentary that his second movie, Quantum of Solace, only “kind of works”.
Released back in 2008 as a direct follow-up to Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace was hit with setbacks right from the off, with the script handed in just two hours before the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike began.
“We had a writers’ strike. We had a script; it wasn’t completed, but it was nearly completed,” Craig said, conceding that the strike had impacted the final product (via Collider).
“The movie kind of works. It’s not Casino Royale… It was like, literally, troubling second album syndrome. In a way, we could not top Casino…”
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Despite his reservations over Quantum of Solace, Craig accepted that the movie does feature “some really special moments”, so it’s all not bad.
James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli echoed a similar sentiment, saying that it’s “never a good idea” to begin shooting “without a script”.
“We basically started shooting without a script, which is never a good idea. But the script was turned in, and I remember the writer who turned the script in picked up his check, and then picked up his placard and stood outside the studio striking,” she explained.
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“We were kind of screwed, and we all had to muddle in and try and make the story work, and it wasn’t really working that great.”
Let’s hope No Time to Die hasn’t suffered a similar fate.
No Time to Die is out in UK cinemas on September 30 and in US cinemas on October 8. All the previous Bond movies are available on DVD or Blu-ray.
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Bond’s Daniel Craig reveals what went wrong on Quantum of Solace – nonenglishfeed