“Graham Norton’s ‘Disastrous’ Daniel Craig Interview Leaves Fans Feeling Sympathetic”

Graham Norton experienced firsthand how awkward things can get when interviewing James Bond’s Daniel Craig.

Daniel Craig and Graham Norton
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 Daniel Craig’s interviews and red carpet moments are often awkward and uncomfortable, leaving fans cringing.
 A 2021 interview on The Graham Norton Show with Daniel Craig and his co-stars for No Time To Die was deemed “painful” and lacked fluidity.
 Craig has openly expressed his dislike for playing James Bond and has struggled with fame, leading to his tense and uncooperative behavior during interviews.

During his run as James Bond, Daniel Craig became infamous for appearing unfriendly in interviews and making red carpet moments incredibly awkward.

In a 2021 interview on The Graham Norton Show, fans couldn’t help but notice how awkward things seemed between Graham Norton, Daniel Craig and his No Time To Die co-stars during the uncomfortable interview.

The presenter interviewed Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek and Lashana Lynch on the show, but fans declared the exchange as being “painful.”

One viewer took to social media to write: “Jeez. The Graham Norton show is painful this evening … feels like no one wants to be there.”

A viewer wrote on Twitter about Daniel Craig’s The Graham Norton Show episode, “There does seem to be a lack of fluidity. Not sure if that’s the editing though.

They normally have 2 hrs of recording to whittle down to 45 mins.” Despite the awkward engagement, fans praised Graham Norton for trying his best with a couch of guests who appeared to not want to be there.

Another viewer added, “Graham Norton show super weird and awkward, two of the cast pretending they’d never heard of James Bond prior to being cast.”

In addition to promoting No Time To Die, Daniel Craig was also notoriously grumpy while promoting 2015’s James Bond film, Spectre, even claiming he’d rather “slit his wrists” than play James Bond again. “I’m over it at the moment,” Craig told Time Out. “We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”

In the following, we will take a look at some of Daniel Craig’s history with awkward and uncomfortable interview moments. We also look at what it is about playing James Bond that Daniel Craig hates.

Daniel Craig’s Awkward Morning TV Interview In 2015 For Spectre

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The No Time To Die cast’s interview on The Graham Norton Show is not the only time the James Bond actor created an awkward TV moment. In 2015, Daniel Craig appeared on This Morning in the UK, but cameras were forced to cut away after he began to swear.

The interviewer, Sarah Powell, spoke about the outfits he wore as the famous spy, before asking Craig if he removed his clothing during Spectre. Craig admitted he had gone “shy,” talking about that subject.

The interviewer then asked him to “pull his famous pout.” When Craig was repeatedly asked to pull James Bond’s signature smouldering look, he eventually said, “I think you need to move on.”

Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc in 'Knives Out'

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Powell asked if the actor would ever play a villain in the long-running spy franchise. He responded, “I don’t know how to answer that. I don’t think that would… no, I don’t think so.”

The segment of the British morning magazine show ends abruptly. This was because the actor allegedly used foul language, although the producers later denied this.

Audiences were torn about whether the Layer Cake actor should have lightened up or if the presenter was asking inappropriate questions.

As the show cut to hosts Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden, Phillip told audiences, “We rushed that interview over and edited that quickly, I’m sure you would have taken out the pout stuff if we hadn’t.”

Things Got Uncomfortable During This Red Carpet Interview With Daniel Craig For No Time To Die

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Although Craig appeared extra uncooperative during the Spectre press tour, he continued his curmudgeon behavior during the No Time To Die premiere.

An Australian reporter endured an excruciating interview with Daniel Craig at the 2021 London premiere of his final James Bond film, No Time to Die.

Craig shut down Nine News’ European correspondent Brett McLeod when the reported asked him who wanted to take over the role of Bond. Craig quickly shot back with, “Not my problem.”

Daniel Craig and Ella Loudon Red Carpet

James Bond franchise star Daniel Craig admittedly works hard to keep his personal life private. So just how close is he with his daughter Ella Loudon?

Co-hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon expressed their awkwardness when the interview aired on the Today show. “It’s not hard, is it?” Langdon exclaimed on the morning news show. “Make a bit of effort and answer a question!”

McLeod also asks Daniel Craig if he was sad at walking his last red carpet as a James Bond actor. “I don’t know how much I’ll miss this,” he said, referring to the extravagant red carpet event, which members of the Royal Family attended. “Maybe. We’ll see. I’ll think about it tomorrow.” he added.

Why Daniel Craig Struggled Playing James Bond

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Daniel Craig has admitted he struggled with playing James Bond, which could be why he struggled during interviews. In an interview with The Sun, the star said he felt “physically and mentally under siege”. The actor starred in five Bond movies from 2006 before ending his reign in the 2021 film No Time To Die.

“I used to lock myself in and close the curtains, I was in cloud cuckoo land. I was physically and mentally under siege.”

Daniel Craig in a crowd

Daniel Craig is so globally famous that there was only a single time when he wasn’t recognized for being James Bond.

Craig has also described fame as something “he used to hate” and admitted in 2022 that he had “to get used to being famous, which is still so foreign to me.”

The Logan Lucky star explained that fame made him unable to do many things he once loved. “Because it will become public knowledge that you’ve gotten drunk in a bar or skinny-dipped on a beach or something.”

“But now everyone’s got a camera. Not that all I want to do is get drunk in a bar, but that’s an example,” he jovially added. The star, who is married to Rachel Weisz, keeps a notoriously low profile in his day-to-day life.

An interview with Sorted magazine also gave fans an insight into why Daniel Craig is so uncomfortable promoting his work. In a conversation about social media, which Daniel Craig does not use, he stated, “It’s not that I dislike people. It’s more that I just want to have a private life like everyone else who isn’t in the public eye.

I don’t get why people want to speak to me or get me to go out with them or anything, anyway. I’m relatively boring, and I like my own space.”

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