Just days after it was announced that the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die is delaying its November 2020 release to spring 2021 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Daniel Craig stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where he addressed the news.
“This thing is just bigger than all of us,” Craig told Fallon of the film being delayed due to the virus. “We want to release the movie at the same time all around the world and this isn’t the right time. So fingers cross April 2 is going to be our date.”
The 25th installment in the iconic spy franchise, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, had originally been set to open Nov. 12 in the U.K. and Nov. 20 in the U.S. But it was then announced that the film will now open on April 2, 2021 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience.
The upcoming film will mark Craig’s final run as 007. Though at first needing a break from the franchise, Craig expressed how happy he is that he returned for what would be his final film. “I’m so glad I came back and did this last one,” he told Fallon. “The story, it just didn’t feel complete and I needed a break. Once I had and we started talking about storylines and things we could do I was like, ‘I’m in.’ “
Craig later reflected on the moment he learned he was going to take on the iconic character. He said while filming in Baltimore with Nicole Kidman, he was sworn to secrecy about the role he was about to take on. “I couldn’t tell anybody,” he said.
He explained that he celebrated by himself as he waited for the news to be announced. “I was in Whole Foods supermarket…I bought myself a bottle of vodka and a glass.”
After ending up at a bar in Baltimore, Craig recalled the comical moment the bartender asked him what was happening after noticing Craig smiling. “I must of looked crazy,” he said, admitting he had three martinis.
Despite being unable to publicly discuss scoring the role, Craig admitted he told his mother, who was later questioned by the press. “I told my mother and she then got done by the press because she’s very tight lipped,” he said.
Later on, Fallon asked Craig what he won’t miss about playing Bond and the actor quipped that he won’t miss a martini being shoved in front of him.
For the film, Billie Eilish is joining in on the Bond history, as the singer fronts the No Time to Die theme song. Her brother Finneas produced the song, with Stephen Lipson.
Given the franchise has been themed by so many iconic songs, Craig revealed that Adele’s “Skyfall,” “Goldeneye,” and Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does it Better” are his personal favorites.
As for what advice he would give, should someone take on the Bond role in the future, Craig simply said: “Don’t fuck it up. It’s a beautiful amazing thing.”