Usually pitching a major movie to a director isn’t something you do on a whim, particularly when it comes to a series as big as the James Bond franchise, but that’s exactly what Daniel Craig did when he met Sam. Mendes at a party. While speaking on the Variety Awards Chatter podcast (via the playlist), Daniel Craig revealed that he drunkenly asked Sam Mendes to direct fallen from heaven, all without telling anyone.
Daniel Craig was attending Hugh Jackman’s Christmas party when he saw Sam Mendes. “He was definitely a little drunk, Sam was late and I hadn’t seen him in years, hadn’t seen him since ‘Road to Perdition’.Craig explained. “Sam sat down and we were having a drink together and I realized, it was like one of those [moments]. We were [already] having conversations about directors… and it became apparent to me sitting across from him. I thought, ‘Of course’. So I basically said, ‘I’m probably not supposed to say this, but do you want to direct the next Bond movie?’When Sam Mendes immediately agreed to direct fallen from heavenDaniel Craig knew he was in the shit, even in his drunken state.
And he just did this, he just looked at me [and squinted] and said, ‘Yes’. And then I was like, ‘I’m in the shit now. I’m sure I need to talk to someone about that before I go to offer director positions. It’s not my responsibility, but I was drunk!
The next day, Daniel Craig called the producer of the Bond franchise, Barbara Broccoli, to explain what had happened. “I called Barbara the next moment thinking, ‘Oh God, here we go, I’m going to be in the shit now,Craig remembered. “I said, ‘I think last night I offered Sam Mendes the directing job.Fortunately, Barbara Broccoli thought it was an amazing idea. after ruling fallen from heaven, Sam Mendes returned to direct Daniel Craig in spectrum, but that film was not received so well. Daniel Craig’s time as James Bond has come to an end with no time to die and Barbara Broccoli has said that the search for a new bonus will start this year.