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Daniel Craig engages in prickly red carpet interview with Today journalist at Bond premiere

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An Australian reporter endured an excruciating red carpet interview with James Bond star Daniel Craig on Tuesday night at the premiere of his latest Bond film, No Time to Die.

Craig shot down the questions of the show’s European correspondent, Brett McLeod, when he finally got the chance to talk to the 53-year-old actor.

When asked if he had “any preference” as to who should replace him in the iconic role, Craig replied, “Not my problem.”

Painful: An Australian reporter endured an excruciating red carpet interview with James Bond star Daniel Craig (pictured)

When the interview played in the Today studio, co-hosts Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon couldn’t help but cringe.

‘What’s wrong with him?’ Karl laughed.

“It’s not difficult, is it?” Ally added. “Put a little effort and answer a question!”

Shot: Brett McLeod (right) was speaking with the 53-year-old actor on the red carpet for the premiere of his latest Bond film, No Time to Die, when Craig shot one of the reporter's questions

Shot: Brett McLeod (right) was speaking with the 53-year-old actor on the red carpet for the premiere of his latest Bond film, No Time to Die, when Craig shot one of the reporter’s questions

The rest of the interview didn’t go much better.

McLeod started his questions by asking Daniel, “Are you sorry this is the last time you walk the red carpet?”

“I don’t know how much I’m going to miss this,” he said, gesturing to the red carpet bragging about members of the royal family.

‘Could be. We will see. I’ll think about it tomorrow,” he added.

Then when McLeod asked if he would “do a Sean Connery” and return later in life, Craig replied bluntly, “No, definitely not.”

Blunt: When asked if he had 'any preference' as to who should replace him in the iconic role, Craig replied, 'Not my problem'

Blunt: When asked if he had ‘any preference’ as to who should replace him in the iconic role, Craig replied, ‘Not my problem’

Craig apparently saved all his charm for the Royals at the premiere.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actor only had eyes for the Duchess of Cambridge when he complimented her dazzling dress she wore to the world premiere of 007.

The actor, who has stepped down from the famous role, told Kate “You look very sweet” when she wore a sparkly gold Jenny Packham dress to the global launch of No Time To Die.

A quartet of the royal family, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the star-studded event at the Royal Albert Hall, giving the film industry a much-needed boost.

Camilla shimmered in a light blue chiffon dress by Bruce Oldfield, and the royals looked smart in their black ties.

The royal guests set foot on the very grand red carpet and posed for a photo together before the premiere began after climbing stairs flanked by members of the armed forces.

Somewhere you'd rather be?  When asked if McLeod would

Somewhere you’d rather be? When asked if McLeod would “do a Sean Connery” and return later in life, Craig bluntly replied, “No, definitely not.”

Uncomfortable!  When the interview was played in the Today studio, co-hosts Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon couldn't help but cringe

Uncomfortable! When the interview was played in the Today studio, co-hosts Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon couldn’t help but cringe

Among the lineup that later met the royals were Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek, who joins the franchise as villain Safin, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, one of the film’s screenwriters.

British actress Lashana Lynch has been cast as the first black female 00 agent, Nomi, and Lea Seydoux returns as Bond girl Madeleine Swann after her appearance in 2015’s Spectre.

Tennis sensation Emma Raducanu, who looked stunning in a long dress, was among the guests who joined a number of health professionals and members of the armed forces in thanks for their work during the Covid pandemic.

The film, which will be Craig’s last appearance as 007, was set to release in April 2020 but was delayed when the first wave of Covid-19 broke out and pushed back repeatedly as the pandemic took hold.

Later in Wednesday’s red carpet extravaganza, Craig was also quite blunt with a Daily Mail reporter.

After asking the actor if he felt he had ‘say goodbye’ [to the James Bond role] a while ago,” the Knives Out star replied, “No. No not at all. New.’

He then stared at the journalist for several painful seconds.

Finally, she said an awkward “Okay,” before Craig quickly walked away.

Craig has benefited immensely from his most famous role over the years, who has a net worth of around £116 million ($160 million).

Saving his charm: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actor only had eyes for the Duchess of Cambridge when he complimented her dazzling dress she wore to the world premiere of 007

Saving his charm: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actor only had eyes for the Duchess of Cambridge when he complimented her dazzling dress she wore to the world premiere of 007

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