James Bond: ‘Its horrible!’ Daniel Craigs frustration watching first No Time To Die cut

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While us Brits have already had No Time To Die out for almost a week, American fans have a couple more days to wait. In the meantime, Daniel Craig and the stars of his final 007 movie have been giving interviews over in the US. And during Global James Bond yesterday, the 53-year-old shared his frustration from the first time he watched a cut of No Time To Die.

Speaking with GMA, one of the presenters pointed out that Craig had to watch No Time To Die in London, as it was only on two hard drives back across the pond.

Asked what it was like seeing his performance for the first time, the Bond star said: “Oh it’s just horrible.

“It’s just, I mean I’m literally watching myself going, ‘Why am I standing like that?’”

Nevertheless, even without all the CGI and music, Craig was confident his Bond swan song would be good.

Craig shared: “And then I watched a very early cut actually and I was still in London. There’s no effects, there’s no temp music track.

“The story kind of worked and when you know it’s working without the special effects and without the music you think, ‘I think we might have a movie here.’

“But when I finally saw it actually projected, which is where it should be, with Hans Zimmer’s just incredible soundtrack…I’m very proud of it.”

Meanwhile, the Bond star has admitted his worst 007 movie was Quantum of Solace.


Speaking with the Empire film podcast, Craig remembered Casino Royale fondly before taking on the sequel.

The 53-year-old said: “I remember [shooting Casino Royale] with massive fondness.

“And all this other s*** was going on around it, which was meaningless at the time because I knew we had a good film, I knew Casino was good. You kind of go ‘Wait and see, it’s going to be great, don’t worry.’

“I would sort of yearn for the person I was when I did Casino. Too much knowledge sometimes is not a good thing.”

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Craig added: “I was sort of in the dark about a lot of things, about how things worked, the mechanics of it. How the world really viewed Bond, all of those things I was just didn’t understand them. Then I started to understand them, the weight of it sort of bore down.”

But when it came to the sequel he didn’t hold back, saying: “The trouble with Quantum of Solace, it was a bit of a s***-show, to say the least, the full weight of it was there I kind of think that made me probably lock up.

“Thankfully, for me, it’s been about loosening it and loosening it and trying to get back to that feeling of Casino, which was ‘It’s James Bond, come on, enjoy yourself. Let’s have a good time.’”

No Time To Die is out now in UK cinemas and in US movie theatres on October 8, 2021.

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