Daniel Craig has spoken rather more positively about his future at 007.
Starting with Casino Royale in 2006, Craig has now played Bond in four films. But the actor has been openly reluctant since Skyfall in 2012 to commit himself to making more movies. While promoting Spectre in 2015, Craig told the BBC that he’d “rather slash my wrists” than play the spy in a fifth film.
Addressing the fall-out from this remark at an “in conversation” event in New York on Friday night (October 7), Craig told the audience: “They say that shit sticks, and that definitely stuck.”
Vulture reports that he explained the remark by saying that he was tired at the time and had been missing his family. “It was the day after filming [stopped on Spectre]. I’d been away from home for a year,” the actor recalled.
He then mocked his own complaining by saying: “Boo-hoo. It’s a good gig. I enjoy it.”
The Bond franchise’s executive producer, Callum McDougall, recent told Radio 4’s Today show that Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson remain positive that they will be able to persuade Craig to appear in another film.
McDougall said: “He is absolutely the first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back.” Asked who would replace Craig if the actor decided against returning as 007, the executive replied: “I wish I knew.”
Over the last 12 months, there has been constant speculation as to who might take over as Bond from Craig, who is the seventh actor to play 007 across the franchise’s 26th films. Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Aidan Turner have been the actors most often linked with the role.