James Bond Casting Director Recalls Blowback After Hiring Daniel Craig: ‘I Felt Sorry for Him’
Debbie McWilliams might not be a household name, but her work as a casting director has shaped the legendary James Bond franchise for three decades now.
McWilliams is the casting director responsible for hiring Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig.
With Craig exiting the 007 franchise after the upcoming “No Time to Die,” McWilliams joined Entertainment Weekly to reflect on the actor’s casting ahead of his Bond debut, “Casino Royale.” The casting director said she “felt sorry” for Craig after his casting led to extreme blowback from press who thought Craig didn’t fit the part of Bond.“It was unbelievably negative, I have to say,” McWilliams said about the reaction to Craig’s casting.
“The press response was awful and I felt so sorry for him, but in a funny kind of a way I think it almost spurred him on to do his damndest to prove everybody wrong.
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