Strong On Craig’s James Bond Departure

Daniel Craig’s future with the James Bond franchise remains a big question at this point. Following the success of “Casino Royale,” he was reportedly under contract to shoot four more James Bond films – three of which he has since done.

Then came “Spectre”, not just the pre-release press interviews in which he made it fairly clear he was done with the role, but the film itself which seemed to essentially tie-up his run as the character. That was followed by another surprise, the producers revealed that Craig’s contract was over and if he were to do another one a new deal would have to be worked out.

For now, those involved in the franchise are playing it coy as to whether Craig will return or not. One person who might have some insight though is actor Mark Strong – a man who happens to be the godfather of Craig’s eldest son. In a new interview for Shortlist, Strong was asked if he’d like to play a Bond villain to which he responded:

“Do you know what, I’d have loved to have played the villain in a Bond movie while Daniel was doing it because he’s a pal and that would have been great. But I think he’s come to the end of his Bond time and so it’s probably never going to happen, but that would have always been great.”

Would Strong help in changing Craig’s mind to do one last mission? “Well, I will try, believe me, I will do my best. But there are powers at work greater than us who make all these decisions.”

The next Bond film is still in the earliest stages of development and a decision either way won’t be known until much further into 2016 if not next year.