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    “He Would Have Made An Excellent Bond, But…”: ‘Casino Royale’ Director Reflects On Henry Cavill’s James Bond Audition And Reveals The Sole Weak Point That Robbed Him Of The Role

    James Bond is one of those action film franchises that has not broken the boundaries like ‘Mission: Impossible’ and ‘Fast & Furious’, but at the same time created a bigger legacy. The routine storylines and action sequences have always grabbed the attention of the audience.

    The best part of this franchise is that various actors have portrayed the role of Bond and the producers did not repeat bringing the same actor again and again for the same character. However, people are unaware that Henry Cavill had auditioned once in the past before Daniel Craig was chosen to portray Bond.

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    Why Henry Cavill’s Audition For James Bond Was Rejected?

    Director of ‘Casino Royale’ did not prioritize Henry Cavill over Daniel Craig

    Martin Campbell, who helmedCasino Royale, marking the debut of Daniel Craig as James Bond, spoke of Henry Cavill’s audition, saying that he was great and had tremendous acting skills.

    Campbell told Express UK, “And look, if Daniel didn’t exist, Henry would have made an excellent Bond. He looked terrific, he was in great physical shape…very handsome, very chiseled. He just looked a little young at that time back then.” Campbell mentioned that he did not prioritize Cavill over Craig.

    Campbell revealed that around eight people auditioned for the role and the decision was hard for them. He stated that he was accompanied by the producers and casting director and the decision was unanimous.

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    The Response To Daniel Craig’s Casting As James Bond

    Daniel Craig portrayed James Bond from ‘Casino Royale’ in 2006

    Although Daniel Craig was praised for his appearance as James Bond, the decision for his casting was not welcomed by everyone. Many people were critical of the casting and according to Martin Campbell, he was too young at the time.

    Casting director Debbie McWilliams said that she felt sorry for Craig due to the backlash and added: “The press response was awful and I felt so sorry for him, but in a funny kind of a way I think it almost spurred him on to do his damndest to prove everybody wrong.”

    Debbie also revealed that as they were filming, reports were coming out that there were a lot of issues with Craig’s walking style and driving skills. Craig played the role for the last time in ‘No Time To Die’ and the future of the franchise is yet to be decided.

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    Anupal Sraban Neog
    Anupal Sraban Neog
    Anupal Sraban Neog works as a Content Writer for First Curiosity. He never misses the release of any movie or series, and is the entertainment buff in every group. Be it Marvel, DC or Game Of Thrones, he always wins at Hollywood trivia. Currently pursuing M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, he aims to build a successful career in the media sector.

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