TF: Honestly, how short was the shortlist for the new Bond?
BB: Well, if you read the press it was a long list!
For us, we wanted Daniel, I would say, exclusively. We couldn’t really consider anyone else.
I mean, we met other people, but he just seemed to be right.
We were worried he wasn’t going to agree to do it, so it wasn’t so much about finding our Bond, as it was about persuading him.
TF: It’s true then that, when you approached Daniel, he wasn’t entirely convinced?
Was it seeing the script that helped persuade him?
BB: Yes. There was that and then we sat down and had some lengthy meetings with him about how involved he would be in the process and the ongoing series.
I think he understood the commitment it would be. But after a lot of thought he decided that it was something he was willing to take on.
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