Actor Gulshan Grover said that even though he was fired from Casino Royale – he was cast as the villain Le Chiffre in the film, Daniel Craig’s first as James Bond – he can not be removed for too long from playing an antagonist in a 007 -film. “One day I’ll play a Bond villain, I’m sure,” he told RJ Siddharth Kannan in a new interview.
This is not the first time that Gulshan Grover has talked about this incident. He had previously told Rediff that because of his inability to keep a lid on his casting, and the guilt of a gossip friend, the news leaked to the British press, which really bothered the Bond producers.
Asked if this was a rumor, Gulshan Grover said the story is absolutely true. He said in the new interview, “I had signed the agreement. Casino Royale was the movie. I shared the news with one of my closest friends in London. The biggest newspaper, the Daily Mirror, ran a story with the headline ‘Bollywood’s Bond “All I said the night before was print. That upset everyone. They said I did not respect the contract, and several other things happened, and I had to leave.”
Earlier, the actor had identified that the role he was playing for was none other than Le Chiffre, the film’s primary antagonist. The character was eventually played by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen.
Interestingly, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra recently revealed in his autobiography that Daniel Craig had auditioned for a part in Rank De Basanti, but was forced to drop out because he was cast around the same time as Bond.
Craig played the iconic British spy for the last time this year, in the critically and commercially successful No time to die, Oscar winner Rami Malek played the antagonist Safin in the film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.