Becoming James Bond took its toll on Daniel Craig’s mental health

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Daniel Craig attends the 2020 National Board Review Gala on January 8, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola / FilmMagic)

PEOPLE – At the dawn of the exit from No Time To Die on September 30, Daniel Craig opened up about his sanity when he debuted as Secret Agent 007. “I was physically and mentally six feet under”.

In the Apple TV + documentary, Being James BondDaniel Craig admits he was having a hard time enjoying his newfound fame. The 53-year-old actor first appeared as the spy in 2005 in Casino Royale.

He recounts how the James Bond franchise gave him notoriety he never expected: “My personal life was affected by being so famous all of a sudden”. He explains that Hugh Jackman then helped him to accept and even appreciate this new life.

16 years of a difficult role

He explains that at the start, he was going to refuse Casino Royale. “Pierce (Brosman, Editor’s note) had done Remington Steele, Roger Moore, The Saint. They had played those roles where people were like ‘This is James Bond’. I had shot in films by a little weird authors. It was harder to sell. I didn’t really want to do it (Casino Royale, Editor’s note) because I thought I wouldn’t have known what to do with it. I thought I would take the script, read it and say ‘No thanks’. ”

Barbara Broccoli, the 2005 James Bond producer, was determined to make Daniel Craig the man of the game. She called her personally to tell her he had the part. The actor remembers grabbing the essentials to make James Bond’s favorite cocktail, the “vodka martini”: a bottle of vodka, a bottle of vermouth and a cocktail shaker. Result: three days of hangover.

Daniel Craig says he broke his leg while filming Specter in 2015. He insisted on continuing filming. He thus wore a bionic leg. This experience demoralized him, so much so that he thought he would rather “cut his veins than play Bond again”.

“Too old psychologically”

In 2020, he was convinced to return one last time in No Time to Die which will make him the longest actor in 007’s shoes.

Nonetheless, he was left with a lasting mark by Specter, “I needed a break […], to turn off. At the end of this film, I felt really too old psychologically ”.

At the end of the shooting of No Time To Die, Daniel Craig gave a speech to the other cast and crew saying he was proud of his work in the franchise. “I think back to the movies and I’m incredibly proud of each one of them. Leaving this role is not easy. I can be as cheeky and jaded about it as I like but I have to admit that it’s hard to walk away from it. And it’s not about money or fame ”.

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