Casino Royale director ‘disappointed’ by Daniel Craig’s other James Bond movies except one

Comic Relief: Daniel Craig appears in James Bond sketch

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Martin Campbell famously rebooted the James Bond film franchise twice with Pierce Brosnan’s GoldenEye and Daniel Craig’s Casino Royale. Both movies are widely considered by fans to be some of the very best 007 movies to date, so his opinion holds much weight. And now the 77-year-old director has given his verdict on Craig’s three other Bond movies prior to No Time To Die.

Campbell recently took part in a Reddit Ask Me Anything while promoting his new movie The Protégé.

One fan asked: “Your opinion on Quantum of Solace? And the change of direction in Skyfall & Spectre?”

To which the director replied: “Disappointed in Quantum of Solace. I really liked Skyfall, but I thought Spectre was disappointing as well.”

To be fair to the Kiwi filmmaker, this is the general consensus among Bond fans regarding Craig’s era.

Craig’s Casino Royale debut and the Sam Mendes-directed 50th anniversary Skyfall are widely lauded by critics and audiences alike.

While Quantum of Solace and Spectre aren’t as fondly remembered, so no pressure for No Time To Die then!

Certainly Quantum of Solace was a challenge as it was made during the Hollywood writers’ strike, seeing both Craig and director Marc Forster having to add to the script themselves.

Speaking with Collider in 2016, Forster said: “It was tricky because we didn’t have a finished script.”

James Bond appears in dramatic car chase in Quantum of Solace

The Quantum of Solace director continued: “Ultimately at that time I wanted to pull out.

“Ron Howard pulled out of Angels & Demons which Sony was about to do and they sort of shut down, and at the time I thought, ‘Okay, maybe I should pull out’ because we didn’t have a finished script.

“But everybody said, ‘No we need to make a movie, the strike will be over shortly so you can start shooting what we have and then we’ll finish everything else’. I said ‘Yeah, but the time crunch’.”

Asked if he was happy with the finished product despite how rushed it was, Forster looks back positively on his Bond movie.

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Forster added: “I’m pretty happy with the film, and I must say now eight years after it seems like people have been embracing it more and more.

“When it came out it was very successful and people seemed to like it, but I think it gained more momentum as time went by.”

While Mendes returned to direct Spectre, No Time To Die has been helmed by Cary Fukunaga since Danny Boyle left the project on what was a different script.

No Time To Die hits UK cinemas on September 30, 2021.

READ MARTIN CAMPBELL’S REDDIT AMA HERE

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