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Daniel Craig is happy he was able to say goodbye to James Bond in his own way, which he did not think was going to happen.
In a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Craig said that for a while, he believed 2015’s Spectre would be his final time playing the iconic secret agent.
“I thought that was it. And I’m really, really happy that I was given the opportunity to come back and do [No Time to Die],” the star said on the popular U.K. talk show, “because we’ve sort of wrapped up a lot of the stories. And just a chance to come do one more was wonderful.”
Bidding the legendary character farewell has been a bag of emotions, Craig said, noting that playing Bond was 16 years of his life. “It’s been incredible to do these films,” he said. “It’s very emotional. I’m glad I am ending it on my own terms. I’m grateful to the producers for letting me do that. But I sure miss it. I’ll probably be incredibly bitter when the new person takes over.”
When Craig wrapped his fifth and final James Bond film back in 2019, he gave an emotional farewell to the cast and crew, which was taped and used in the new Apple TV+ documentary Being James Bond.
“A lot of people here worked on five pictures with me,” says Craig, holding back tears in the doc footage. “I know there are a lot of things said about what I think of these films, but I’ve loved every single second of these movies. And especially this one, because I’ve got up every morning, and I’ve had the chance to work with you guys. And that has been one of the greatest honors of my life.”
No Time to Die arrives in theaters Oct. 8.
Watch Craig talk 007 with Norton below.
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