Daniel Craig does not enjoy fame or being in the spotlight

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Daniel Craig does not enjoy fame or being in the spotlight

Daniel Craig has admitted he hates the limelight since landing the role of James Bond in 2006 and still finds fame "foreign". The 54-year-old actor was honored at the 2022 Montclair Film Festival, where Stephen Colbert hosted a conversation at the New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts.

Daniel said: "I used to hate it (the spotlight), but I think that was fame I didn't like. I had to get used to being famous which is still so foreign to me." Daniel was recently appointed as a member of St. Michael and St. George - the same title held by his legendary character on the big screen - James Bond.

Daniel said of his replacement: "It's not my problem. It (Bond) will continue without me." The film star received a tribute from the princess at Windsor Castle in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film and theatre.

The royal family's official Twitter account shared a photo of Daniel receiving the tribute, along with the famous line from the Bond film: "We've been expecting you." In response to the question of what advice he would give to his younger self, Daniel was honest enough to admit that he probably would not have listened to whatever advice he was given.

He joked: "I think about this quite a lot. I don't think I would've listened. I would've just told me to go f*** myself." Daniel has starred in the last five Bond films since 2006, before ending his reign with 2021's No Time To Die.

Daniel spoke about No Time To Die ending:

"I had this idea, I wanted to kill him off a long time ago - in Casino Royale - for all sorts of reasons. One, purely egotistical. I feel like I needed to end what I did on it. I would be only satisfied if I could walk away and there was nowhere else for that to go, that someone else would have to come along and invent something completely different.

But also because I thought that was a good way for it to continue, and I knew that the only way to make it work was that it had to be based in love, and every time that we've gone emotionally into this, it pays back every time.

Skyfall is really a story of [Bond’s] love for [M], it's the relationship between [Raoul Silva] and [M], which is complicated and family-like, toxic. And every time we’ve really concentrated on that it’s paid dividends for us, and I was really keen with this, that that’s the way we had to go.

I just tried to make myself involved with the things that mattered… I just knew where it had to end on, what it had to be, and it had to be a worthy death. If he stayed alive he would kill the people he loved, so, therefore there was no argument."