Will he or won’t he?
That was the question on everyone’s minds on Thursday night at the Omega dinner at The Beekman Hotel in New York, states The Hollywood Reporter. The private event had only 35 guests and was designed as an intimate conversation with actor Daniel Craig, who has worn the timepieces since his first stint as James Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale.
Daniel famously indicated in an interview before Spectre’s 2015 release that he had no interest in a fifth Bond film but might he be changing his mind? We can’t say yet whether Daniel will take on 007 for what is so far known only as Bond 25, but if his relationship with the luxury watch brand is any indication, we just might hear, “Bond, James Bond,” from him once more.
Omega has been providing timepieces for Bond films since 1995’s GoldenEye with Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel has said previously that his experience with the watchmaker made him a fan. As proof, on display in the room was the prize of his own watch collection, an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial chronometer, which Daniel wears in the opening sequence of Casino Royale.
“This one has a very special place for me, because I didn’t think I’d ever own it,” said the British star. “Who knew Casino Royale was going to be as successful as it was? I thought maybe, but if it’s swing and a miss, I’ll walk away. But I kind of wanted the watch; I thought it would be nice to have as a memento of this adventure.” Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson ultimately gifted Daniel with the watch upon the film’s completion, engraved, “With thanks and love.”
By then, Daniel had already bought himself an Omega, though this wasn’t his first major watch purchase. “That was a Breitling,” he said. “I was young and naïve at the time,” he joked with Omega CEO Raynald Aeschlimann.
For 2012’s Skyfall, Daniel wore a Seamaster Aqua Terra, a model he soon added to his personal collection. “I think it’s important to have a thinner piece that you can wear under suits,” he said. By the time Spectre began filming, he was directly involved in the look of Bond’s watch, more than any previous actor who had assumed the role, said Raynald.
“When I came to the Bond franchise, I was introduced to these guys, and we talked about the watch Pierce wore in the previous films. It’s a beautiful one, but it wasn’t my watch and I wanted to claim this a bit,” explained Daniel. “Last time, for Spectre, was completely collaborative. I told them, ‘I’d like the watch to do this,’ and they just said, ‘OK’.”
The result of that conversation: the Seamaster 300 “Spectre” Limited Edition, featuring a bidirectional rotating diving bezel in black ceramic on a 41mm stainless-steel case, set on a NATO strap in gray and black stripes. Limited to 7,007 numbered pieces, the $7,500 watch has since sold out.
That anecdote is surely among the reasons Omega would love for Daniel to continue as Ian Fleming’s iconic secret agent. At the dinner that followed, Raynald hinted at the idea whiling raising his glass to toast his special guest. “You’ve been a wonderful ambassador,” he told Daniel. “I know I’m not alone in saying that we are hoping it’s you.”