The ultimate James Bond countdown

Written by Staff Writer at CNN Daniel Craig had only 24 days to recast the character of James Bond, but the new entry, “007: No Time to Die,” marks the actor’s final outing in…

The ultimate James Bond countdown

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

Daniel Craig had only 24 days to recast the character of James Bond, but the new entry, “007: No Time to Die,” marks the actor’s final outing in the role.

Craig is the longest-serving 007, having taken on the role of 007 in 2006. He played Bond in “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” as well as 2015’s “Spectre,” which netted the actor his third Oscar nomination.

He was named a finalist for the best actor at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, one of only eight actors to have won the award. Bond fans and critics are divided over Craig’s portrayal, but he remains popular with audiences.

“This is his last go-round,” press agent Jonathan Haynes told CNN in 2016. “Many Bond films have rested on actors who have either become very big stars outside of the Bond franchise or those film have not been so well received at the box office.”

In “No Time to Die,” Craig takes on James Bond for the fifth time, playing an active agent, working on the hunt for terrorists linked to a catastrophic attack.

A clue to James Bond’s return in “007: No Time to Die” is found in ‘Hammerhead’. Credit: BFI/YouTube

Craig had to step out of the role in 2017 following the launch of an investigation into leaked nude photos of him from 2012. He addressed the need for better security around his personal privacy in his final directorial effort, “A Very English Scandal,” which screened at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

“Bond 007 is not the king he thought he was, either,” Haynes said of Craig’s character in “No Time to Die.” “While his body and mind are still in fine fettle, there is trouble on the horizon and James is tasked with only making the biggest and best game-changing decisions. “

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