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Daniel Craig Dived Into the Behind the Scenes of No Time to Die and Saying Goodbye to Bond

'I'll miss it a lot.'

Daniel Craig with soot on his face as James Bond in the movie 'No Time To Die'

Daniel Craig’s final turn as James Bond is coming with No Time to Die and we’ve all been a bit emotional about saying goodbye. Craig has been our Bond since his introduction in Casino Royale in 2006, and now, on the week of No Time To Die’s release, we’re coming up on the end of the longest James Bond era to date. (Craig has been the spy for 15 years, with Roger Moore coming in next at 12 years.)

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It’s not easy to say goodbye to Daniel Craig’s Bond. While I grew up in the ’90s and loved playing GoldenEye on my Nintendo 64 based on the Pierce Brosnan film of the same name, he wasn’t the Bond I liked best. He was my first but it was Craig in Casino Royale that really showed me the power that James Bond could have and he instantly became my favorite overall. So seeing him leave the franchise is bittersweet.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Craig talked about leaving the franchise and how he’s going to miss playing 007.

“I’ll miss everything, I think. I’ll miss the collaboration. I mean, hopefully I’ll keep working and I’ll have lots of other lovely jobs, but it’s very, very, very rare air. Apart from Marvel movies, there aren’t movies that are as big as this. I’ve had the privilege of being involved in it. … It was there before me, and it will be there after me. But I’ve had a chance to be part of all of this, and if you can’t get it up for a Bond movie as an actor, what can you get it up for? So, yeah, I’ll miss it a lot.”

For so many of us, myself included, we grew up watching this franchise. I remember spending the Thanksgiving holidays watching the series or going to new releases for the MI6 spy and so finding your favorite Bond is important. Loving Roger Moore is one thing but getting to go to premieres and seeing your favorite Bond develop and grow is completely different and that’s why Daniel Craig’s Bond has such a soft spot in my heart. I’m incredibly excited to see No Time to Die and Craig didn’t disappoint in teasing the film.

Craig talked a bit of twists and turns coming our way with No Time to Die. Saying:

“Maybe. I think so. I think that’s just been the way it’s panned out. We started with an ending and worked backward. It’s nerve-wracking when you don’t have it complete when you start shooting, but that’s also part of the deal. It’s not unusual, and we had a lot of talent in the room, and I was fortunate to be part of that and get in the room, and you just brainstorm and brainstorm and brainstorm and be constantly tweaking.”

We get to finally see the last installment to Craig’s James Bond franchise this week as No Time to Die hits theaters this October 8th.

(image: MGM)

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