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Sounds like Daniel Craig had himself a few vodka martinis after wrapping Bond 25, aka No Time To Die. It also sounds like making this film was a lot more enjoyable than making Spectre -- since Craig infamously ended that shoot by saying he'd rather slash his wrists than make another. But he did make another, he returned for his fifth (and final?) movie as James Bond.
Daniel Craig and the No Time To Die cast and crew recently celebrated the end of filming at a restaurant in Matera in southern Italy. The James Bond actor addressed the group, but also singled out producer Barbara Broccoli, in his heartfelt speech:
I just want to say, and I am really quite drunk now so I won’t go on for long, this has been one of the best, most wonderful experiences I have ever had. You have all done the most amazing job. I could not be more proud to work with every single one of you on this production. I would like to thank you for this evening, for Barbara, for putting it on. Thank goodness, we did this tonight.
Well, he may have been "quite drunk" but he was sharp enough to give a nice little speech, per The Mirror, which also shared video of Daniel Craig making his speech next to a giant 007 cake. I do wonder if this was one of the "most wonderful experiences" he ever had because he was feeling a bit nostalgic since it's the end? It may not end up being his final movie, we'll have to see.
People can change their minds, writers can come up with new stories. There's always talk about who is going to be the next James Bond, but until/unless No Time to Die somehow puts a bow on Daniel Craig's run, he still has the floor.
I'm happy to hear Daniel Craig seemed to have a wonderful experience making No Time To Die, since the production itself looked cursed. Danny Boyle was supposed to direct the movie, but he left over creative differences and Cary Fukunaga stepped in. There were rumors about scheduling issues, and then actual solid reports about things like Daniel Craig's ankle injury, which delayed production; a stage explosion on set; and that bizarre peeping tom scandal.
In Bond 25, No Time to Die, James Bond has left active service (which is apparently how we get another agent 007) and he's relaxing in Jamaica when his CIA buddy Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) shows up to ask for help. A new mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
The No Time to Die cast also includes Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Léa Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, and Rami Malek. Filming started in April 2019 for its release in April 2020.