Daniel Craig: ‘I almost quit as James Bond’

Actor says he considered walking away due to lengthy delays

Daniel Craig has admitted that he almost quit his role as James Bond when the franchise was hit by financial problems.

In an interview with The Guardian, the actor said he had contemplated walking away from being 007 when film studio MGM was hit by bankruptcy last year and forced to postpone work on the latest instalment Skyfall.

Craig has now restarted work on the film with director Sam Mendes, but confessed:

There was that long hiatus where Bond maybe wasn’t happening. I’d got it into my head that if it went another two years on top of the two-year gap we’d already had, then they should probably find someone else. And I should think about getting on with things.

However, Craig also said he had “no desire to escape the role” now and promised big things from Skyfall, adding: “I think it will be fairly spectacular. I get paid a lot of money to do something I love to do, and whatever it is – the way I was brought up, or whatever – I feel if you’re getting paid you should put the work in.”

Earlier this month, it was reported that Craig was set to be offered a multi-million pound deal to become the longest serving James Bond of all time. The spy franchise’s producers want the actor to sign up for five more instalments which would take him to eight Bond movies in total – one more than Roger Moore, who played the character seven times over 12 years.