Daniel, 53, is bowing out of the role after No Time To Die, but has now admitted he nearly didn’t end up accepting the part he’s become so well-known for.
Speaking to The Sun alongside producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, he told the story of how he never intended to become Bond.
He said: ‘Pierce [Brosnan] had done Remington Steele, Roger Moore had done The Saint — they had done these parts where people had gone, “That is James Bond.”
‘I had done weird arty movies. It was a harder sell. And I didn’t really want to do it, because I thought I wouldn’t know what to do with it.’
But he says he changed his mind after reading the script.
The actor added of the movie: ‘The story was solid, the script was solid.’
Barbara added: ‘Michael and I really wanted him, but the biggest problem was that he didn’t want to do it, he came into the office, and I said to Michael afterwards, “He wants to do it”.
Barbara admitted: ‘We kept freaking the studio out as they kept trying to get us to meet other people.’