In the wake of the release of “Spectre,” it seemed as if Daniel Craig was finished playing 007. The actor famously saying in an interview that he’d rather slit his wrists than return and his contract was up – though an option for one more was there.
There were replacement rumors and various other talk, but ultimately Craig returned for “No Time to Die” and all indications are he’s happier with how it turned out – despite the various initial production problems the film had.
In a new interview with Empire, Craig was asked his reasoning behind his return and says he felt like he could offer the character more this time around compared to how he left it in “Spectre”:
“If that had been it, the world would have carried on as normal, and I would have been absolutely fine. But somehow it felt like we needed to finish something off. If I’d left it at ‘Spectre,’ something at the back of my head would have been going, ‘I wish I’d done one more.’ I always had a kind of secret idea about the whole lot in my head, and where I wanted to take it. And Spectre wasn’t that. But this feels like it is.”
Cary Fukunaga helms the new film in which Bond is living a tranquil retirement life in Jamaica – one that’s interrupted when US agent Felix Leiter shows up and asks for help to rescue a kidnapped scientist which puts Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, Ana De Arma, David Dencik and Lashana Lynch co-star while Rami Malek serves as the villain.
“No Time To Die” hits cinemas on April 8th 2020.