Offering a great movie to a director is typically not something that is done on a whim, especially when it comes to a series as big as the James Bond series, but that was exactly what Daniel Craig did when he ran into Sam Mendes for a party. While speaking on the Variety’s Awards Chatter podcast (via The Playlist), Daniel Craig revealed that he drunkenly asked Sam Mendes to direct Ascension, all without telling anyone.
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Daniel Craig attended Hugh Jackman’s Christmas party when he saw Sam Mendes. “I was definitely a little drunk, Sam showed up late and I had not seen him in years, I had not seen him since ‘Road To Perdition’Craig explained. “Sam sat down and we had a drink together and it went right up for me, it was like one of them [moments]. We were [already] having conversations about instructors … and it just became clear to me to sit across from him. I thought, “Of course.” And then I just basically went, ‘I’m probably not going to say this, but are you going to direct the next Bond movie?’“When Sam Mendes immediately agreed to instruct Ascension, Daniel Craig knew he was in shit, even in his drunken state.
And he just did this thing, he looked at me a little bit [and squinted] and said, ‘Yes.’ And then I said, ‘I’m in shit now. I’m sure there’s someone I need to talk to before I offer a director job. It’s not my responsibility, but I was drunk!
The next day, Daniel Craig called Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli to explain what had happened. “I called Barbara the following moment and thought, ‘Oh god, here we go, I’m staying in shit now,Craig remembered. “I said, ‘I think I offered Sam Mendes the job of director last night.“Fortunately, Barbara Broccoli thought it was a great idea. After helmet Ascension, Sam Mendes returned to instruct Daniel Craig in Specter, but that movie was not received quite as well. Daniel Craig’s time as James Bond is over No time to die and Barbara Broccoli has said the search for a new Bond will begin this year.
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