Daniel Craig Reveals Completing A Story That Started In Casino Royale And Led To No Time To Die

Daniel Craig completes his 15-year run of five films as James Bond in the highly anticipated No Time to Die, with the actor admitting why he returned for one final film.

There was much speculation as to whether or not Craig, 53, was ready to be 007 after 2015’s Specter, which he spent six months shooting in a painful shoot that tore his meniscus while filming.

The actor admitted in an extensive interview with Total movie that there was one storyline from his first Bond film, 2006’s Casino Royale, that persuaded him to return for one last time as the iconic secret agent.

Daniel is back: Daniel Craig completes his 15-year run of five films as James Bond in the highly anticipated No Time to Die, with the actor admitting why he returned for one final film

One last time: The actor admitted in an extended interview with Total Film that there was one storyline from his first Bond film, 2006 Casino Royale, that persuaded him to return for one last time as the iconic secret agent.

One last time: The actor admitted in an extended interview with Total Film that there was one storyline from his first Bond film, 2006 Casino Royale, that persuaded him to return for one last time as the iconic secret agent.

“I thought I probably wasn’t physically capable of doing anything else. To me it was very trite not to come back,’ Craig said bluntly.

Producer Barbara Broccoli added that Craig was “so exhausted after that movie,” adding that they knew the actor needed a break.

Nearly two years passed before Broccoli and her half-brother Michael Wilson, who run Eon Productions together, approached Craig to make another Bond film when Craig remembered a Casino Royale storyline he wanted to complete.

Physically incapable: 'I thought I probably wasn't physically able to do anything else.  For me it was very short-sighted that I wouldn't come back,

Physically incapable: ‘I thought I probably wasn’t physically able to do anything else. For me it was very short-sighted that I wouldn’t come back,” Craig said bluntly

“We started talking about it and I said, ‘Maybe there’s a story we need to finish here – something we started in Casino (Royale)’,” Craig said.

“Something to do with Vesper and Specter, and something connected in some way.” It started to formulate. And I thought, ‘Here we go,” Craig added.

The Vesper he’s referring to is Vesper Lynd, a character from Casino Royale played by Eva Green, whom Bond fell in love with before it was revealed she’d been playing him the whole time.

Story: 'We started talking about it and I went, "There may be a story we should end here - something we started in Casino (Royale),"' said Craig

Story: ‘We started talking about it and I said, ‘There might be a story we need to finish here – something we started in Casino (Royale)’,’ said Craig

Vesper: The Vesper he refers to is Vesper Lynd, a character from Casino Royale played by Eva Green, whom Bond fell in love with before it was revealed she'd been playing him the whole time

Vesper: The Vesper he refers to is Vesper Lynd, a character from Casino Royale played by Eva Green, whom Bond fell in love with before it was revealed she’d been playing him the whole time

In 2015 Specter, it was revealed that Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) had invented Vesper’s death when Blofeld called himself the “author” of all of Bond’s pain.

Wilson admitted that Craig’s five-movie arc feels like “a little miniseries” in the middle of the entire James Bond franchise, which Wilson agrees.

“This film feels like a good bookend for Casino as his emotional evolution is getting to a point where we’ve never seen Bond before. So that’s pretty exciting,” Wilson said.

Bookend: “This film feels like a good bookend for Casino as its emotional evolution is getting to a point where we've never seen Bond before.  So that's pretty exciting,

Bookend: “This film feels like a good bookend for Casino as its emotional evolution is getting to a point where we’ve never seen Bond before. So that’s pretty exciting,” Wilson said

Craig added: ‘In Casino he loses the love of his life, and then the shutters go down. Quantum, the flawed movie it is, is about revenge. And Skyfall is about M. It’s about loss. They are big themes. And I think, “Yeah! Why not big themes?”‘

When asked what the theme of No Time To Die is, Craig added, “Love and family. Because what’s bigger than that?’

He added that “Bond’s “family” is Moneypenny and Q and M. And then Lashana [Lynch] comes in, and she’s like a distant cousin you’re not sure about.’

No Time to Die is slated to hit theaters on October 8.

Theme: Craig added: 'In Casino he loses the love of his life, and then the shutters go down.  Quantum, the flawed movie it is, is about revenge.  And Skyfall is about M. It's about loss.  They are big themes.  And I think, "Yes!  Why not big themes?"'

Theme: Craig added: ‘In Casino he loses the love of his life, and then the shutters go down. Quantum, the flawed movie it is, is about revenge. And Skyfall is about M. It’s about loss. They are big themes. And I think, “Yeah! Why not big themes?”‘

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