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Daniel Craig, of course, was the fateful choice to embody Ian Fleming’s famed spy character in “Casino Royale” in 2006, and he went on to play 007 five times total over a span of 15 years, which ended in 2021 with “No Time to Die.” Despite Martin Campbell’s initial concerns about Craig’s sex appeal, the media began to see the actor in a different light. Among the facts that make Craig even more charming than James Bond himself, the actor was voted “The Sexiest Man on the Planet” in a 2006 poll by Durex. Among the actors Craig topped in the voting were George Clooney, Johnny Depp, and, yes, even his 007 predecessor, Pierce Brosnan, who placed 10th.
Ironically, Campbell told Express UK, potential Bond actors are essentially voted on before they are elected, effectively, to take on the role of 007. Among the group of eight from which Craig was selected was a pre-“Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill. “It’s very democratic. You sit around a table … It was myself and the producers, casting director, etc.,” Campbell told Express UK. “And you go through the eight people and you put your hand up as you talk through each person and ultimately everybody has to be unanimous in their decision, if you see what I mean.”
Ultimately, Craig’s successor will have to win the role via the same process. Among the names mentioned most often to play the new 007 is “Kick-Ass” and “Bullet Train” star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who reportedly had a Bond meeting that went well in January 2023.