Daniel Craig at a photocall for Spectre in Rome, Italy (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for CTMG, Inc. and MGM Studios)
Daniel Craig is ready to live and let Bond die. In a candid interview with Time Out London, the SPECTRE star said that he currently has no desire to play 007 in a fifth film — though he admitted he might reconsider in a year or two, should he need the paycheck.
The interview took place in July just days after the 47-year-old actor wrapped the eight-month shoot for SPECTRE, his fourth outing as James Bond since Casino Royale in 2006. So it’s no wonder that he sounded a little bit exhausted by his most iconic role. When asked by Time Out if he could imagine making another Bond movie, Craig replied, “Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists… I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.’
However, asked if he planned to leave the franchise for good, the actor waffled. “I haven’t given it any thought,” he admitted. “For at least a year or two, I just don’t want to think about it. I don’t know what the next step is. I’ve no idea. Not because I’m trying to be cagey. Who the f— knows? At the moment, we’ve done it. I’m not in discussion with anybody about anything. If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”
Playing the world’s coolest spy, apparently, is harder than it looks. “The best acting is when you’re not concerned about the surface. And Bond is the opposite of that,” Craig explained. “You have to be bothered about how you’re looking. It’s a struggle. I know that how Bond wears a suit and walks into a room is important. But as an actor I don’t want to give a f— about what I look like! So I have to play with both things.”
That’s not to say that Craig didn’t put his heart and soul into SPECTRE. Not only did he beg Skyfall director Sam Mendes to return, but he contributed ideas to the script. “Every idea I’ve had for a Bond movie, I’ve stuck into this one,” he told Time Out. And James Bond fans will be happy to hear that SPECTRE features more gadgets than Craig’s previous films. Also, there will be a quantum of nudity. “Am I getting my kit off in this movie? Yes, I’ve been working out for six months. Of course I’m getting my kit off!” said Craig.
SPECTRE opens in theaters on November 6.
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