Daniel Craig says he wants to ‘reclaim old Bond irony’

Craig's signed up to star in the next Bond film, due in 2015

Daniel Craig has revealed that he wants the next Bond film to feature “some of the old irony”.

Last year’s Skyfall became the most successful Bond film ever at the box office, grossing over $1.1 billion (£720 million) worldwide. Skyfall director Sam Mendes confirmed last month (July) that he’s returning for the follow-up, which will be Craig’s fourth outing as 007.

Meanwhie, Skyfall co-writer John Logan has been hired to pen the film’s screenplay. Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have set a release date of October 23, 2015, though the film’s title has yet to be confirmed.

“Hopefully we’ll reclaim some of the old irony, and make sure it doesn’t become pastiche,” Craig said, discussing the forthcoming film with Vulture. “I can’t do shtick, I’m not very good at it. Unless it kind of suddenly makes sense. Does that make sense? I sometimes wish I hammed it up more, but I just can’t do it very well, so I don’t do it.”

Though the forthcoming film will be Craig’s fourth appearance as 007, he’ll still trail Roger Moore, who starred in seven Bond films between 1973 and 1985, and Sean Connery, who notched up six Bond appearances between 1962 and 1971. Pierce Brosnan has also played Bond four times, beginning in 1995 and ending in 2002.