James Bond director clashed with Barbara Broccoli over calls to axe iconic Daniel Craig scene

Daniel Craig as James Bond

Daniel Craig made his debut as Bond in Casino Royale

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Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 17/09/2023

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Bond director Martin Campbell was behind the camera for Daniel Craig's debut in Casino Royale

Daniel Craig's introduction as James Bond in Casino Royale is one that has been lauded among 007 fans for the best part of two decades.

Not only did it pave the way for Craig to begin his tenure as one of the most popular Bond actors the franchise has ever seen, but the standalone film is widely regarded as one of his - if not the entire series' - best.

Casino Royale represented a new dawn for Bond with Craig's depiction representing a new modern-era spy complete with the rough edges 007 fans weren't all that used to.

It also presented Bond's new love interest Vesper Lynd, played by Eva Green, as someone not merely to be the focus of Bond's sexual desires but rather a savvy and intellectual equal.

However, while producer Barbara Broccoli was pivotal in providing this shift in a post-millennium Bond, she wasn't keen on one iconic Casino Royale scene between Craig and Green which made it into the final edit.

The scene in question comes ahead of the film's famous poker match between Bond and globally sought-after villain Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen).

Eva Green and Daniel Craig

Barbara Broccoli wasn't keen on a key Eva Green and Daniel Craig scene

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As Bond and Vesper ready themselves for their facade to try and lure Le Chiffre into their clutches, they both get dressed in a shared hotel room.

While Bond proves remnants of his toxic masculine streak are still alive by picking out Vesper's dress so that it'll distract his fellow poker players, Vesper catches him off-guard with a similar move of her own.

Bond is gobsmacked to discover Vesper has selected his suit for the occasion, tailored to the perfect fit after she measured him up when they first met.

But this to-and-fro didn't sit well with Broccoli who'd been overseeing the Bond franchise for a decade prior to Casino Royale after she took over from her dad, Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli.

Recalling Broccoli's reservations, director Martin Campbell said: "Bond, full of attitude, comes in and hangs up her dress and says, 'I want you to wear this, because I want the players looking at you and not at their cards. A distracting technique.'

"It was chauvinist as hell. Then he goes back in and, my God, he sees this beautiful suit laid out.

"I remember Barbara saying, 'You can't have that. You can't have that. Bond has his own suit.' I said, 'But he's not Bond yet.'"

Campbell clearly got his way with the direction of the film as the moment remained in the final cut of Casino Royale.

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig stepped down from the role of Bond in 2019 ahead of No Time to Die's release


He made the revelation while speaking to Edward Gross and Mark A Altman in their co-authored book, Nobody Does It Better: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of James Bond.

The memorable moment helped mold Craig's Bond into the iconic character he is today - although fans will be gearing up for a new actor to put their own stamp on the spy in Bond 26.

An announcement on who the next man tasked with playing Bond is remains nonexistent for now but a number of names have been banded around in the discussion.

In the past few weeks, a well-known Marvel star has entered the running to take over from Craig while the chances of Happy Valley's James Norton taking on the part have taken a major blow.

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