Daniel Craig's casting as James Bond in "Casino Royale" faced initial doubts due to his unconventional attractiveness compared to previous Bond actors.
"GoldenEye" director Martin Campbell, part of the casting team, expressed reservations about Craig not fitting the traditional Bond look embodied by stars like Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan.
Campbell acknowledged Craig's exceptional acting skills but noted his rugged appearance differed from the conventionally handsome Bonds of the past.
Despite initial hesitations, the unanimous decision was made to cast Craig after auditions involving eight actors.
Henry Cavill and Sam Heughan confirmed they were contenders for the Bond role, with Campbell mentioning Cavill as a potential runner-up.
Casting director Debbie McWilliams revealed Craig's appointment as 007 was met with overwhelmingly negative press backlash.
McWilliams praised Craig for proving critics wrong, citing false rumors about his abilities during filming that were ultimately dispelled upon the film's release.
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