We’ve been so preoccupied wondering who the next James Bond would be, we totally forgot that Daniel Craig is contracted to play the British spy at least one more time after Spectre. Now we’re hearing that the actor seems to be so f**king done with playing the character altogether. Did we hurt his feelings?
In an interview with the UK’s Time Out Craig was asked if he would be willing to play Bond a fifth time, to which he gave a rather salty reply. “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,” said Craig. “No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
Well it certainly sounds like he’s ready to hang up his Walther PPK and smoking jacket. Just to make sure, he continues to say:
I haven’t given [making another Bond movie] any thought. 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**k 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.
Let’s put things in perspective. Craig, who turned 47 this year, has had one hell of a time during the filming of Spectre. He reportedly was injured in February while shooting a fight scene and underwent knee surgery in April. Rumors then surfaced that the actor decided to walk away from remaining commitments, prompting Sony to “reassure” everyone that Craig was still going through with his contract to do one more film.
We’ve heard from plenty of other actors admit that as they get older, shooting action scenes get harder and harder. Ryan Reynolds, 38, even admits that, while shooting Deadpool, ages makes it harder to get back up after getting dropped in a fight scene.
I don’t know what’s going on, but it really sounds like Craig is ready to distance himself from the physically demanding franchise and do something else. Like…very ready.
Craig ends the conversation with his thoughts on who the next Bond should be when he does leave the franchise:
“I don’t give a f**k. Good luck to them! All I care about is that if I stop doing these things we’ve left it in a good place and people pick it up and make it better. Make it better, that’s all.”