There has been a lot of talk recently about who would be taking over for Daniel Craig as James Bond once the actor’s run as the character ends. Multiple names have been thrown out so far, with one of the most notable being Idris Elba. But with 2006’s Casino Royale, 2012’s Skyfall, and hopefully this year’s Spectre too (we’ll forget about Quantum of Solace) – whoever ends up getting the job will have some big shoes to fill once Craig leaves. He’s cemented himself as one of the best actors to play 007 yet, and what direction the studio decides to take the Bond franchise in after his run will be interesting.
However, Craig still has one more film in his contract as the character, so it may be a bit too soon to begin speculating about who should play the character next. After all, Craig looks like he might be hitting his peak as the character in Spectre, and with one more film after that already in the works it seems like – fans may be jumping the gun on their dream 007 casting.
Or are they?
While recently speaking with Time Out London, Craig was asked if he could see himself returning in the role again, and while his answer seemed mostly sarcastic, his response might surprise you all the same:
“Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. 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.”
Now, this is being taken out of context in a lot of ways, and it’s clear that Craig is mostly referring to the tiredness he’s feeling after the blockbuster film’s grueling shoot, and the several rounds of press tours he’s still doing. When asked if he wants to be done with the role for good, Craig responded with a much more diplomatic(?) answer:
“I haven’t given it 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 fuck 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.”
You’ve got to at least commend Craig’s honesty here, and in defense of his “money” comment above too, he did comment on his turn as Bond in Spectre earlier in the interview, and it seems like he doesn’t believe he can do much more with the character:
“Every idea I’ve had for a Bond movie, I’ve stuck into this one. It’s gone in. The Bond bank is dry. If you’re asking me what would I do with another Bond movie? I haven’t a clue. Go into space? Let’s do it! They already did it. Let’s do it again.”
For those of you out there who remember the rumors a few months ago too that the studio was planning on shooting Spectre back-to-back with another follow-up Bond film, it looks like they were right, but Craig shot the idea down fairly quickly:
“Well, I was contracted to do another one. That was all set up. But at the studio there was a real keenness to get it done as soon as possible. In fact, there was a conversation at one point that went: “Let’s film two movies back to back.” I just went: “You’re out of your fucking minds.” In the nicest possible way. They’re just too big.”
Daniel Craig has sort of become well-known for not holding back in his honesty over the past few years, and it’s on full display in the interview above (which I highly recommend checking out the full transcript for because it is a fairly interesting read). He especially showcases it when asked who he thinks should take over for him once he’s done:
“Look, I don’t give a fuck. 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.”
What advice would the current Bond star give to his future successor too?
“You’ve got to step up. People do not make movies like this any more. This is really rare now. So don’t be shit…Go for it. Embrace it. Some clichéd line like that. But no, just make sure you’re great. You’ve got to push yourself as far as you can. It’s worth it, it’s James Bond.”
Right now, it seems like Craig might just be little bit burned out, but it’s clear (from the quote directly above) that he’s still incredibly passionate about the character and franchise. It’s also possible that the events in Spectre could make talking about his character’s future slightly more difficult, and it’ll be interesting to see how the possible replacement conversations continue after audiences actually see the film.
Whether or not this ends up being his last turn as the character though, Craig has more than proven himself to be worthy of joining the pantheon of other great actors that have come before him. He might very well be my favorite onscreen iteration of the character too, and I can’t wait to see what he is planning on bringing us next as the character. All this interview has done is made me even more excited for Spectre, which I honestly didn’t think was possible.
Spectre is set to hit theatres on November 6th.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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