Daniel Craig delights fans by stopping to sign autographs in New York


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His final outing as James Bond in No Time To Die scored an overseas record amid the pandemic with a £87.7million ($119.1 million) international opening in 54 markets.   

Unsurprisingly, the biggest pull came in the UK and Ireland, with a reach of £10.4m ($14.2million) total - adding to Friday's £5.6million ($7.6 million). 

And 007 star Daniel Craig delighted fans off-screen on Sunday as he took time out of his busy schedule to sign autographs in New York.   

The 53-year old actor, who starred in five instalments of the hit franchise before giving up the licence to kill, cut a casual figure in the Big Apple, wearing a long-sleeve tee and jeans. 

007: Daniel Craig, 53, delighted fans by stopping to sign autographs in New York on Sunday

Penning his signature with a chunky brown marker pen, Daniel appeared unfazed following the huge success of the long-awaited 25th Bond film. 

As 007 enthusiasts gathered round him, the star ensured he acted in line with COVID guidelines by covering up with a face mask. 

His outing on the other side of the pond comes after Universal producers said No Time To Die raked in somewhere between £4.5m and £5m at the box office on its first day, with hopes being placed on the release bringing cinema outings to pre-pandemic levels.

Signing: Penning his signature with a chunky brown marker pen, the 007 star appeared unfazed following the huge success of the long-awaited 25th Bond film

Safe: As 007 enthusiasts gathered round him, the actor ensured he acted in line with COVID guidelines by covering up with a face mask

The debut marks the third-highest Friday gross in October, as well as the third-highest Friday gross in the James Bond franchise. 

No Time To Die's first day ticket sales were 13% higher than 2015's Spectre but 26% lower than 2012's Skyfall. 

However, producers have described the film as the UK's 'widest theatrical release of all time', playing in 772 theaters across 3,600 screens, with the figures being a pandemic-era best.  

Success: Daniel's outing on the other side of the pond comes after Universal producers said No Time To Die raked in somewhere between £4.5m and £5m at the box office on its first day

On the up: Daniel Craig's final stint as 007 won't be released in the US until October 8, so it's likely to get another big boost then

Many fans flocked to see No Time To Die on extra-large IMAX screens, breaking records for the special format, and it also earned the best opening-weekend in 24 different countries.  

Even more impressive is that No Time To Die became the first film released during the global health crisis to cross the £73.7million ($100 million) mark without a mainland China release, which usually pads out box office figures, though the film was still released in Hong Kong.  

Daniel Craig's final stint as 007 won't be released in the US until October 8, so it's likely to get another big boost then. 

End of an era: Daniel recently reflected on his iconic role as 007 and branded it 'a massive part' of his life

Elsewhere, Daniel recently revealed he is 'never not going to think about' his iconic role as the world's most famous spy. 

Speaking to the PA news agency, the star, who debuted as Bond in 2006's Casino Royale, reflected on his fifth and final instalment - and described the making of it as 'so important.' 

He gushed: 'I’m just so grateful for the fact that I got a chance to go and make one last one and it be this one and to finish telling the story. 

'This has been a massive part of my life. I’m never not going to think about this, it’s been too big a thing in my life.’ 

THE DAILY MAIL  

Rating: Daniel Craig delights fans by stopping to sign autographs in New York

'[No Time To Die is] an explosive, tense, daring, and most of all surprising adventure, toying with our preconceptions about the world's greatest secret agent and exploring his personal life more intimately than ever before.'

THE GUARDIAN  

Rating: Daniel Craig delights fans by stopping to sign autographs in New York

Craig's final film as the diva of British intelligence is an epic barnstormer, with the script delivering pathos, action, drama, camp comedy, heartbreak, macabre horror, and outrageously silly old-fashioned action in a movie which calls to mind the world of Dr No on his island.

THE TELEGRAPH

Rating: Daniel Craig delights fans by stopping to sign autographs in New York

Cary Joji Fukunaga's extravagantly satisfying, bulgingly proportioned last chapter to the Craig era, throws almost everything there is left to throw at 007 the series can come up with.

DIGITAL SPY 

Rating: Daniel Craig delights fans by stopping to sign autographs in New York

It might have taken its time getting him, but No Time to Die confirms that whoever the next James Bond is, they've got some big shoes to fill.

THE SUN 

Rating: Daniel Craig delights fans by stopping to sign autographs in New York

In his final turn as 007, Craig exits the franchise with a bang – as well as many crashes and several wallops. The stunts are simply spectacular, with one particular scene involving a motorbike in Italy that will leave you watching through splayed fingers in exhilarating fear.

EVENING STANDARD

Rating: Daniel Craig delights fans by stopping to sign autographs in New York

After Spectre, he famously said he'd rather slash his wrists than play Bond again. Instead, with the help of a talented team, he's taken a razor blade to the idea of Bond. Craig bows out with his head held high. Way to go.

NME 

Rating: Daniel Craig delights fans by stopping to sign autographs in New York

For the most part though, and with so much at stake thanks to Covid decimating cinema, No Time To Die producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson should be applauded for taking some bold risks. The gobsmacking ending, in fact, may be the biggest in Bond history.

THE INDEPENDENT 

Rating: Daniel Craig delights fans by stopping to sign autographs in New York

While Craig is a consummate action star, director Cary Joji Fukunaga's more radical vision of James Bond is fleeting, his film a rotating sideshow of old characters and plot points

EMPIRE

This film does things that no Bond film has ever done, and despite relying heavily on tropes that feel not only familiar but comforting, it is the unfamiliar things it does that make this such an exciting entry. 

SKY 

Spectacularly well shot, wonderfully dark villains (Rami Malek's performance is faultless) and perhaps more depth than before, perhaps Bond really can save the day - for cinema in the short term at least.  

VARIETY 

No Time to Die is a terrific movie: an up-to-the-minute, down-to-the-wire James Bond thriller with a satisfying neo-classical edge. It's an unabashedly conventional Bond film that's been made with high finesse and just the right touch of soul, as well as enough sleek surprise to keep you on edge.