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Today but 11 years ago, on October 14th 2005, after numerous rumors about who would be the replacement for Pierce Brosnan, the English blond actor Daniel Craig was announced as the sixth actor to play the Secret Agent James Bond in the movies. The movie: Casino Royale, based on the first book written by Ian Fleming, the creator of the character.
Craig, then he was 37 years , arrived to the press conference in a boat of the Royal Navy. The conference was held on the banks of the River Thames in London, where journalists and fans from around the world were waiting for the official announcement, which also was attended by producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and director Martin Campbell .
The announcement of Craig as Bond had a major negative impact on the media and some fans who thought that a blond, blue-eyed and short man could not be Bond, James Bond.
Daniel said: «It’s a big challenge, but life is full of challenges and this is one of the largest for an actor.» He added that «with Martin I want to make the best film possible. It is not a matter of redefining the character, it is the question of taking it to a place never seen before.»
Director Martin Campbell said the Bond of Daniel Craig would be harder, more arid and more realistic. Producer Michael G. Wilson said 200 actors from around the world were considered for the paper to elect Craig.
After the departure of Pierce Brosnan, speculation about who would be the secret agent it was very large. At that time, names like Clive Owen, Ewan McGregor, Jude Law and Colin Farrell were considered for the role. However, later it was revealed that the five finalists actors who auditioned at Pinewood Studios were the actors Sam Worthington, Henry Cavill, Goran Visnjic, Alex O’Lachlan and Daniel Craig.