Asking Daniel Craig whether he’ll play James Bond again is proving an oddly tricky thing to do for anyone doing press for “Spectre”. In one of his first interviews for the film done a few weeks back he suggested he is done with the character, soon after he did another in which he seemingly left the opportunity open.
Now though, in a new one for Time Out London, he says he’s done. First up he confirmed rumors from a while back that the original post-“Skyfall” plan was to shoot two films back-to-back:
“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 f–king minds.’ In the nicest possible way. They’re just too big.”
Asked straight up if he’ll do another one, he leaves no doubt that he’s over the role unless they give him a long break first and even then only for arguably the most cynical of reasons:
“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. 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.”
So if someone else does take over the part now, would he care who plays it?
“Look, 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.”
If said actor came to him looking for advice, what would he say?
“Literally I’d say two things. Firstly, it’s your decision. Don’t listen to anybody else. Well, do listen to everybody, but you have to make the choice at the end of the day. It’s your bed to lie on. And don’t be s–t! Don’t be s–t. You’ve got to step up. People do not make movies like this any more. This is really rare now. So don’t be s–t.”
“Spectre” opens on November 6th.