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.
– Sam Mendes
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'.
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.
– Sam Mendes
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.
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.
– Naomie Harris
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.
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.
– Daniel Craig
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.