‘It was terrible’: Mark Strong reveals his ‘severely hungover’ James Bond audition ‘fell apart’ after he ‘spent the night getting p***** with Daniel Craig’
Mark Strong has revealed that he auditioned for the role of a James Bond villain, however his audition ended up being a ‘terrible experience’ as he was ‘severely hungover’ following a drunken night with Daniel Craig.
The actor, 57, had tried out for a role that would see him star opposite Pierce Brosnan in the 1990s, however after learning all his lines the Cruella star decided to celebrate by hitting the town with a friend – who just happened to be Daniel, 53.
Mark explained: ‘To celebrate I went out for a drink, and I got p**sed. The irony was, the guy I was out the night before getting p**sed with was Daniel Craig. So I blame him!’
Oh dear: Mark Strong, 57, revealed he auditioned for the role of a James Bond villain, however his audition ended up being a ‘terrible experience’ following a drunken night with Daniel Craig
Daniel has played 007 since Pierce, 68, retired from the role in 2004.
Detailing his failed audition, Mark said during an appearance on Sky One’s There’s Something About Movies: ‘I started, then I just forgot my lines, couldn’t remember what they were and they all just kind of fell apart.’
He added: ‘I was sweating, it was a terrible experience — but I really learned from it.’
Daniel’s first appearance as James Bond was in 2006’s Casino Royal.
Mark said: ‘To celebrate I went out for a drink, and I got p**sed. The irony was, the guy I was out the night before getting p**sed with was Daniel Craig. So I blame him!’
His final outing as 007 in No Time To Die is scheduled for release on September 30 after being delayed five times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Now slated for release in September, the hotly-anticipated movie will have the world’s biggest premiere budget of £10 million for the long-awaited event.
It was claimed that those behind-the-scenes are keen to have the premiere take place in a large London stadium, like Wembley Arena.
Villain: Mark had auditioned for a role that would see him star opposite Pierce Brosnan in the 1990s
A source speaking to The Mirror claimed: ‘They think they can pull off the biggest in-person premiere of the post-pandemic era.
‘They have already put aside a whopping £10million for an event in England that will signal the return of these kinds of flashy movie launches that everybody’s been missing for the last year.
‘They are looking at the biggest venues in London, starting with Wembley and going down from there, and have enquired about the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a US premiere.
Farewell: Daniel’s final outing as 007 in No Time To Die is scheduled for release on September 30 after being delayed five times due to the coronavirus pandemic
‘MGM and the Bond team have never liked the idea of launching this movie without a red carpet event, which is one of the many reasons they’ve rolled with all the delays.’
The much anticipated blockbuster has seen its planned premiere pushed back multiple times due to the Covid pandemic, after originally being slated to come out in April 2020.
But following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that the government hope to end all lockdown restrictions on June 21, it was reported in February that No Time To Die’s release has been brought forward to 30 September.
Reports surfaced about the release date change after Tom Linay, who is marketing company Digital Cinema Media’s Content Business Director, tweeted the news.
Meanwhile, Mark can most recently be seen in Disney’s Cruella.
The film – also starring Emma Stone as the 101 Dalmatians villain alongside Emma Thompson – follows Cruella de Vil’s beginnings.
Cruella is seen going from a belittled servant for fashion maven Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson) to a vengeful vixen as she steals her employer’s beloved Dalmatians after embracing a cold-hearted approach to life.
Cruella: Mark can most recently be seen in Disney’s Cruella. The film – also starring Emma Stone alongside Emma Thompson – follows Cruella de Vil’s beginnings