New Bond director had doubts over Craig as 007

Daniel Craig filming a scene for the next James Bond film, Skyfall Credit: 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.

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.

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.

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.