Daniel Craig’s stance on returning to the world of James Bond has been quite firm since the first press for “Spectre” came out – that he was effectively done.
What people most remember is a quote from an early Time Out interview he did right after finishing production on that fourth turn as 007, an interview in which he said he’d rather slash his wrists than play the role again. It wasn’t the only time though. Other quotes from him during the press tour included “all I want to do is move on” and “if I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”
That was over a year ago. Time has now passed and the producers have said Craig remains their first choice and they’ll get him back if they can. Craig has essentially not commented on the next Bond for some time, well rested and less angry, he reflected on that interview during an appearance at the New Yorker Festival on Friday.
He said (via Vulture: “They say that s–t sticks, and that definitely stuck. It was the day after filming [stopped on Spectre]. I’d been away from home for a year.” He quickly didn’t want to be seen as a whinger though: “Boo-hoo. It’s a good gig. I enjoy it.”
He admits that so far there have been ‘no conversations’ about the next film and “everyone’s a bit tired” right now with no seeming rush to get the next one done. The big question though, now that he’s had time to rest, will he hang up the role for good?:
“As far as I’m concerned, I’ve got the best job in the world. I’ll keep doing it as long as I still get a kick out of it… If I were to stop doing it, I would miss it terribly.”
Should Bond stick to the franchise’s usual schedule, the next one would begin production at the end of next year for a late 2018 release.