Daniel Craig celebrated getting the James Bond role by getting drunk on vodka martinis on his own.
The 53-year-old actor – who will make his fifth and final appearance as Ian Fleming’s fictional British spy in No Time To Die – first took on the iconic role of 007 in 2006’s Casino Royale.
Appear on the official James Bond podcast, he said: ‘I was at the supermarket to buy groceries and the phone rang and Barbara [Broccoli, the producer] said, “On to you, kid.”
Shocked…but not disturbed! Daniel Craig revealed he got DRUNK on martinis while alone after finding out he had the role of James Bond (stock image)
‘I got drunk, that’s what I did. I bought a bottle of vodka and a bottle of vermouth, a cocktail shaker and made myself three or four vodka martinis.
“Except I could do it alone because I couldn’t celebrate with anyone because I had to keep it a secret. There was a kind of melancholy in it.’
Daniel recently admitted that he “always locked himself in and closed the curtains” after landing the part of Bond, as he struggled with the fame associated with the iconic part.
He said: ‘My personal life was influenced by being so famous all of a sudden. I used to lock myself up and draw the curtains, I was in cloud cuckoo country. I was physically and mentally besieged.’
Locked up: Daniel recently admitted to ‘locking himself in and closing the curtains’ after landing the role of Bond
The doting father added: ‘I didn’t like the new level of fame. It was Hugh Jackman who helped me come to terms with it and appreciate it.’
The star also read numerous “hateful” comments online after it became known that he was taking over Pierce Brosnan as a secret agent.
He added: “I went online and stayed up all night and read everything because that’s what happens when you do. And it was heavy, very heavy – full of hate.
“And I woke up the next morning and said, ‘F*** it, I know the movie is going to be good”. I knew we were on to something very special.’
It comes after Daniel joked that he’s more naked than the women in James Bond’s No Time To Die.
The actor said the nude is “the most all the way through” his last stint as the 007 agent — and it took him a year to get into shape for the role.
In an interview with Radio Times, Daniel discussed the film, which comes out on September 30, and why he doesn’t think a female actress should replace him as Bond.
Daniel shared how it took him three months to train for his shirtless scenes when he shot 38-year-old Bond in the 2006 movie Casino Royale. It took him a year.
“Getting in shape was a lot harder than it was 15 years ago. Then I did it in three months, but this time it took me about a year,” he said.
In the buff: Daniel joked that he is more naked than the women in James Bond No Time To Die
But Daniel was determined to keep his chiseled physique for No Time To Die, and when asked if there would be any spicy scenes with his Bond girls, he joked, “Oh, I’m naked for most of the movie.
‘He is nakeder than the women; I designed it that way. I mean, look at Casino Royale.’
Elsewhere, Daniel insisted that James Bond should not be played by a female actress because they deserve their own roles that are not written for men.
Amid calls to play the next 007 by a woman, the actor, who is stepping down from the role after the upcoming No Time To Die, stated that instead of casting them in male roles, there are “just better roles for women.” should be’.
Daniel joins several stars who have spoken out against Bond being played by a woman, including the franchise’s producer Barbara Broccoli.
Progress: Amid calls that the next 007 will be played by a woman (Lashana Lynch pictured in No Time To Die), the actor stated that “there should just be better parts for women”
Racy: The actor said that in the nude he is “most through” his last stint as the 007 agent, and it took him a year to get into shape for the role (pictured in Casino Royale in 2006)
The actor said: ‘There should just be better roles for women and actors of color.
“Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”
He said the addition of Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge to the writing team was to “spice it up,” but she was a Bond fan, so “she wasn’t about to steer him in any other direction.”
Multiple actresses have supported Daniel’s statement that Bond should be played by a male actor, including Die Another Day star Halle Berry, who said on Entertainment Tonight in 2017, “That series is steeped in history… you know, the stories by Ian Fleming. I don’t think you can turn Bond into a woman.”
Producer Barbara also said on Good Morning Britain in 2019: ‘We need to make films about women and women’s stories, but we need to create female characters and not just turn a male character into a woman for a gimmick.’
No Time To Die will see the introduction of the first female 00 agent, played by Lashana Lynch, prompting calls for the next Bond to be played by a woman.
Hot under the collar: ‘He is nakeder than the women; I designed it that way. I mean, look at Casino Royale,” Daniel said (pictured with Lea Seydoux playing Dr. Madeleine Swann)