New Bond director had doubts over Craig as 007

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall
Daniel Craig filming a scene for the next James Bond film, Skyfall Photo: Francois Duhamel/Sony Pictures

Sam Mendes, the director of the new James Bond film Skyfall admitted he had doubts about the casting of Daniel Craig as the iconic British character.

I was one of the people who said I didn't think he was the right casting. At the time, I was asked in an interview and I said, 'I'm not sure, I would advise him not to do it'.

– Sam Mendes

Mendes, who previously directed Craig 10 years ago on Road To Perdition, admitted he was wrong during a live press conference from the set of the 23rd Bond film at Pinewood Studios.

I watched him go through that intense pressure and come through that with flying colours. I bumped into him after Casino Royale and I was so excited to see him as Bond. It was great to watch him come through that and prove the doubters wrong.

– Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes had his doubts about the casting of Daniel Craig as 007 Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Bond girl Naomie Harris said the set at Pinewood was one of the most relaxed she had ever worked on, thanks to Mendes and Craig.

I was really intimidated for a long time when I found I was going to be on a Bond movie, it was much more terrifying. But I was incredibly surprised. Sam is such an incredible director. He engineers it that you feel so taken care of. It feels like you're making a small independent film.

– Naomie Harris

Craig said working with Mendes for the second time - and the first on a Bond film - had helped him deal with the pressures of the role.

I have got an awful lot to worry about when making a movie like this - it's another level making a Bond movie. Sam has allowed me to forget about that and concentrate on the job. I have been able to remember why I love this job.

– Daniel Craig