Dave Bautista, who played Mr. Hinx in the James Bond movie Specter, confessed in a recent interview: “[Daniel Craig] he didn’t seem like the happiest person in Bond. He really went through that… You could feel that he was under a lot of pressure. He didn’t seem like the happiest person… there wasn’t much interaction with the entire cast.”
The producers admitted years later that Craig told them during filming, “You know, this is it. I don’t want to do any more.”
Specter was Craig’s fourth Bond film after the 50th anniversary success Skyfall, the first 007 film to gross over a billion dollars at the box office. Naturally, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson wanted their star to return for another outing with the same director, Oscar winner Sam Mendes.
However, Specter didn’t turn out to be as beloved by the fandom as its predecessor. And now, in a new interview, the filmmaker has shared why they couldn’t catch lightning in a bottle twice after Skyfall.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Mendes said: “These movies are very difficult to write. Those 10 months of downtime, that’s when the script really changed, because we had time to go down dead ends and try things like the [Bond/Silva team-up]. And that time was not granted to me when we made Spectre. And you can see the difference in the script. [With Spectre], I felt there was some pressure. Certainly Barbara and Michael put some pressure on me and Daniel to do the next one, so it makes a big difference. People saying, ‘We want you to do it,’ and passionately wooing me to do it, it was a big deal.”
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Speaking to Empire for the 60th anniversary of Bond, the producers said: [The idea of killing of Craig’s Bond] it came up again when we were doing Spectre. Because he said, ‘You know, this is it.’ I don’t want to do more. I think we should kill me. And we said, ‘Hmmm, I don’t think so. Particularly because we wanted him to do another one. And so we had the ending where he threw the gun away from him and was going to go off and live a happy life.”
After that, they approached him again and said, “You know it’s not the end of the story. You can’t just walk away like this. It’s a great starting point for seeing Bond retire and how he would handle it. So, think about it.” Craig responded, “Okay, I’ll think about it for a bit.”
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