Daniel Craig with confession: Bond’s death – a decades-old conspiracy?

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Daniel Craig with confession
Bond’s Death – A Decade-old Conspiracy?

As soon as Daniel Craig has his fifth and final appearance as 007 in “No Time to Die”, he becomes a kind of “whistleblower”. In a podcast he mentions a conversation many years ago that is said to have sealed Bond’s life.

With “James Bond: No Time to Die” Daniel Craig celebrated his much-discussed farewell as 007 last year. According to his own statement, he already thought about what this should look like more than 15 years ago. The 53-year-old now revealed this as a guest on the “Awards Chatter” podcast of the US industry website “The Hollywood Reporter”. Accordingly, he sealed the fate of Bond shortly after the premiere of his first appearance as an MI6 agent.

It was the year 2006 when his debut film “Casino Royale” was just celebrating its premiere in Germany, the actor explains in the podcast. He was sitting in a car with producer Barbara Broccoli when he asked her: “How many of these films will I have to do? And she replied: ‘Four'”. At the time this seemed like “a lot” to him, so he replied: “Ok, if I turn four in total, can I let him die in the end?” With a “yes” broccoli granted him this wish a good 15 years ago.

It sounds like a decade-long conspiracy that was to lead to the demise of Bonds for the first time. But, as is well known, everything turned out differently … Before this is clarified, first the obligatory note: This is followed by explicit spoilers on “No time to die”!

Craig: “I had some kind of plan in my head”

As the viewers of all films know to the last, Craig’s wish was not fulfilled for the time being. At the end of “Specter” (2015), his fourth appearance as Bond, 007 was in excellent health. His fifth trick called “No Time to Die”, postponed by over a year due to the corona pandemic, finally made it to the screen at the end of September 2021 – and Craig’s wish expressed many years earlier became a reality.

“I had some kind of plan in my head. I didn’t know exactly what this plan should look like. But if we do it right (…) then they would have to do a fresh start.” And in his eyes this was only possible by letting his James Bond die a heroic death – letting him make “the ultimate sacrifice for a good cause”.

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That is exactly what happened with Bond’s demise at the end of “No Time to Die”. “The only thing he could do to save his loved ones from death was to sacrifice himself. (…) And it felt right. He died a happy man.” Craig, too, left the set as a happy man – and, as is well known, that was not the case after every one of his wacky 007 films.

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