It was and he wasn’t very keen on the process. He’s said a few times the experiences he’s liked least are that and The Beach, where he took a long time to make up with Ewan McGregor for dumping him for the studio recommended bigger star in Leo D.
In a direct reaction the The Beach, which he felt had a ‘colonial’ attitude of westerners taking over a corner of Thailand, he used only local crew for Slumdog which worked out well for him.
Since then he’s seemed much happier in lower budget/pressure films. So I had just a little surprise when he signed on for the next Bond but I think they allow a certain amount of latitude compared to many, it’s a franchise that reinvents itself to fit a lot to different visions.