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Mendes pleased to be proved wrong

Skyfall director Sam Mendes has revealed he initially had doubts about Daniel Craig being cast as James Bond.

In a press conference beamed live from the set of the 23rd Bond movie at Pinewood Studios, the director said: "I was one of the people who said I didn't think he was the right casting. At the time, I was asked in an interview and I said, 'I'm not sure, I would advise him not to do it'."

Mendes, who previously directed Craig 10 years ago on Road To Perdition, admitted he was wrong.

"I watched him go through that intense pressure and come through that with flying colours. I bumped into him after Casino Royale and I was so excited to see him as Bond. It was great to watch him come through that and prove the doubters wrong."

Craig said working with Mendes for the second time - and the first on a Bond film - had helped him deal with the pressures of the role.

"I have got an awful lot to worry about when making a movie like this - it's another level making a Bond movie. Sam has allowed me to forget about that and concentrate on the job. I have been able to remember why I love this job."

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