Daniel Craig Set To Share Insights Into His Acting Career Ahead of No Time To Die

Published September 25th, 2021 - 08:46 GMT
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The actor is set to share insights into his acting career ahead of making his final appearance as 007 in No Time To Die.  

Daniel Craig looked dapper as he attended BAFTA A Life in Pictures on Friday evening. 

The James Bond star, 53, donned a dark grey suit complete with a blue pocket square and spotted tie as he posed for photos at the event, which sees the organisation honouring his film career.

The actor is set to share insights into his acting career ahead of making his final appearance as 007 in No Time To Die.  

He will exclusively speak to Edith Bowman live on stage. The presenter, 47, posed for snaps and looked stylish in a Victoriana style maxi dress with her blonde locks tied into a bun. 

This is the second time BAFTA has hosted an event such as this, the first being with George Clooney in 2020. 

Daniel later looked animated as he spoke on stage with Edith. 

The outing comes after Daniel joked about how he will be 'incredibly bitter' when the next actor takes over James Bond.

During an appearance on Friday's upcoming Graham Norton show he told how the role was 'the biggest thing in his professional career' and that while he was 'grateful to end things on his own terms' he 'will miss' the part. 

Daniel was joined by his fellow Bond stars Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek and Lashana Lynchon on the chat show ahead of the release of No Time To Die next week.

Asked by Graham, 58, if he was sad to be ending his reign as Bond he said: 'It's everything. It's been close to 16 years of my life, and it's been incredible to do these films. 

'Bond films don't get made very often so to have this opportunity has been the biggest thing in my professional career obviously, but also one of the biggest things my life, so it is very emotional. 

'I am glad I am ending it on my terms – I am grateful to the producers for allowing me to do that – but I will miss it', before adding jokingly, 'I will probably be incredibly bitter when the new person takes over!' 

He added that he felt 'down' after finishing shooting the last film Spectre and revealed he was 'really happy' to get the chance to come back for another film.

The star explained: 'At the end of Spectre I was very down on everything and I thought that was it, but I am really, really happy that I was given the opportunity to come back and do this. It wraps up a lot of the stories, and the chance to do just one more was wonderful.' 

Talking about the release of the film after an 18 months delay, he said: 'It's a big deal. We originally closed down Times Square and then nothing. 

'We're in a brilliant position now as the studio held its nerve about a cinema release. It would have been a tragedy if it had been streamed.' 

In No Time To Die, Bond - played for the final time by Craig - 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.  

Daniel was careful to not reveal to much of the plot however, saying: 'It's shrouded in mystery because we've been delayed for so long and we were worried about it getting out so we locked it down. 

'We haven't shown it to anyone, but we are confident it is very good, and we want people to experience it in the cinema. There's a lot going on in the movie, but I don't want to give anything away. 

'I can say we start where Spectre left off, Madeleine and Bond have gone off into the sunset … and then as usual the s**t hits the fan!'

Elsewhere in the interview Léa, 36, also discussed her role in the movie, but remained tight-lipped about the plot.

She said: 'All I can say is that when it starts, they are in love and in Italy and everything is perfect.'

Asked if James Bond is iconic in France and whether her family were excited for her being part of that world, she answered: 'Not at all! They don't really know about him. I didn't know about him. I thought, 'Who is this guy?'

Lashana, 33, who has never before featured in a Bond film, discussed her stunt work, saying: 'I went to the gym for three months beforehand, but I wasn't prepared for the level of fitness. It was Ninja level! But I was one of the very few that didn't injure anything.'

Revealing she crammed Bond films when she was cast, she said, 'My dad keeps reminding me that we watched them together when I was about one, which I obviously don't remember, so I watched all of them from Dr. No onwards but don't ask me any questions on them!'

Meanwhile Rami, 40, talked about playing Daniel's final Bond villain and was asked if he knew what a big deal it would be.

He said: 'Of course. Going toe-to-toe with him was huge and I knew that from the very start. I just knew I had to bring my A game and I think it worked out. We have a very special movie on our hands.'

Asked if he is intimidated by big roles, he added: 'Not anymore, although seeing Daniel on the 007 stage in full James Bond mode made me drop a few lines!'


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