IN A forthright interview with Time Out magazine, Daniel Craig, 47, who is the latest James Bond has indicated that he has had enough of the character who catapulted him to international fame.
“I’d rather slash my wrists!” Daniel Craig says he can’t imagine playing James Bond again but if he does, it will only be for the money.
After the success of Skyfall it was reported that he had signed a deal said to be worth £31million (€43.5million) for his next two 007 films, which covers Spectre, the 24th Bond film due for release in early November, and then Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Despite the deal, he has indicated that only a very significant payment would encourage him to return for his fifth, and possibly final, Bond appearance.
Craig’s comments in the Time Out interview, published October 7, also revealed (with a profanity) that he doesn’t care who replaces him.
When asked if he would continue as 007 by Esquire magazine in August, he said: “At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see.
“I’m incredibly fortunate. But the day I can walk into a pub and someone goes, ‘Oh, there’s Daniel Craig’ and then just leaves me alone, that’ll be great,” he said.
Bookmakers are now considering possible replacements who include Idris Elba who could be the first black Bond and Homeland star Damian Lewis although, no doubt, there will be plenty of other actors champing at the bit to capture this most iconic of roles.