Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux on the Type and Sentimentality of ‘No Time to Die’

You worked on this franchise for 15 years. What was the hardest parting from?

DC: I think to package the film. What I will miss most about Bond are the films. I never get used to it [the press tour]. It has always felt like a stranger to me and I’ve never felt completely comfortable with it. I love talking about the movie and I love talking about the making process of the movie and that’s what I’m really going to miss. Not many people get the chance to make Bond films, and I’ve had the privilege of doing five of them with the most extraordinary people, from Léa to the amazing crews and technicians. I will very much miss the kind of camaraderie and family atmosphere that we have on a Bond set.

What is it for you, Léa? You’re the first Bond girl to have a full story arc spanning multiple films. When you’re done spookDid you have any idea that Madeleine’s story would continue?

Léa Seydoux: No, I didn’t expect to come back. I actually thought Specter would be Daniel’s last film. But I was very happy to come back after five years, because we shot Specter a long time ago. It was very interesting to explore the same character, but this time with a different director. I loved the story of No Time to Die and the Bond and Madeleine relationship, and I was really happy that it was unconventional to work with this great material.

I realized that I call you a Bond girl, which in this case may be a little pared down.

DC: Back then I wanted to jump on you from a great height, but then I thought, no, I don’t want that. [laughs] I mean, let’s not be too serious about this, but we’ve tried to push that phrase out as much as possible.

What conversations did you have about how to define Madeleine’s character in this sense?

DC: I don’t think it was ever a conversation. When we put the films together and think about the plot, with any characters, when they’re not relevant, when they don’t mean anything, that they don’t affect the movie, and that goes over the board. So to say that the Bond girl should be there to serve this particular purpose feels archaic. All characters must have an influence. We want very strong female characters in the film because I think that makes the drama better. This is really a very selfish reason. Movies are boring if you only have characters who serve a certain ideal.

Opinion: Daniel Craig doesn’t plan to depart a lot cash to his youngsters when he dies

Now Daniel Craig’s children know how the rest of us feel when thinking about his legacy.


The James Bond actor, who allegedly raised $ 25 million for the reopening of the role, has told Candis magazine in his native UK that he has no plans to leave much of his fortune to his two children.

“My philosophy is to get rid of it or give it away before you go,” Craig told the magazine. He cited a saying that “when you die rich you have failed” and called it “disgusting” to leave huge sums of money to your heirs.

If you’re the kid of one of the highest paid actors in the world, it’s the financial equivalent of starting with Casino Royale, arguably the greatest Bond movie ever made, and then ending with Skyfall and Specter being your correspondent for the two worst holds.

Maybe his kids knew that all along. So maybe their high hopes were not disappointed.

Craig isn’t the only rich man who says he has no plans to leave his fortune to his children. Billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates said the same thing. On the other hand, everything is relative. Most people would be lucky enough to leave, say, a few hundred thousand dollars for their children. What you leave after the first million or two is moot.

It has been wisely argued that you must leave your children enough money so that they can do anything is much better for them than leaving them enough money to do nothing.