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October 8, 2015

Daniel Craig Is He Done Playing James Bond?

by Reggie's Take

The name is Bond, James Bond and after Spectre, everyone’s favorite British spy, Craig may very well be ready to walk away.

Daniel Craig recently did an interview with a London website about what else, Spectre and Bond himself. During the interview he was asked the usual mired of questions all relating in one way or another with Bond.

Spectre when it hits theaters will be Daniel Craig’s fourth time saving the world and after eight months of filming Craig was asked what he most wanted to do.

“Literally, just have a holiday. It’s fair enough, no? I just want to switch my brain off. What usually happens is it’s 6am on a Sunday and I’m bolt upright in bed thinking that I’ve got to go to work. It’s about switching that feeling off, turning the alarm off and going to sleep. I drink a lot more too. I’ve started this week. Just relaxing.”

When Craig was first named as the next Bond the studio took a lot of heat as did Craig and was asked when he looks back if he had ever wondered how he ended up playing Bond.

“I know, it’s ludicrous, it’s ridiculous. When I first got approached, I just thought: You’ve made a mistake. I don’t know, it’s still crazy.”

But playing Bond these past ten years has afforded Craig the chance to do more as an actor, but at the same time restricting.

“Bond allows me to do anything I want to in some respects. But it’s changed my working life in an incredible way. There are more opportunities. I could do many, many things. But it takes an awful amount of time. If anything, the restriction is that it is incredibly time-consuming. That’s the restriction.”

Craig’s interesting answers came when he was asked about his future as James Bond and if he saw himself coming back to the role for another movie or is he looking to move on.

“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on. I just don’t want to think about it. I don’t know what the next step is. I’ve no idea. Not because I’m trying to be cagey. Who the fuck knows? At the moment, we’ve done it. I’m not in discussion with anybody about anything. If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”

When asked if cared who may play Bond after he leaves the role, Craig was very candid with his answer.

“Look, I don’t give a fuck. Good luck to them! All I care about is that if I stop doing these things we’ve left it in a good place and people pick it up and make it better. Make it better, that’s all.”

Craig was willing to give some advice for whom ever may step into the role someday.

“Literally I’d say two things. Firstly, it’s your decision. Don’t listen to anybody else. Well, do listen to everybody, but you have to make the choice at the end of the day. It’s your bed to lie on. And don’t be shit! Don’t be shit. You’ve got to step up. People do not make movies like this any more. This is really rare now. So don’t be shit.

Go for it. Embrace it. Some clichéd line like that. But no, just make sure you’re great. You’ve got to push yourself as far as you can. It’s worth it, it’s James Bond.”

Reggie’s Take:
As a huge fan of the Bond franchise, Daniel Craig has to be the second best Bond after Sean Connery. That’s not to take away from the other actors who have played Bond or even Craig himself. For me there are really two actor who have embodied Bond on screen, Connery because he was the first and Craig.

I understand that Craig doesn’t want to play the role of Bond forever as much as some of us out there would love to see him do so and who can really blame him.

The name “Bond” alone is a recognizable franchise name as Star Wars or Star Trek is and for an actor to take on the role of James Bond is more or less becoming the face of franchise for what ever the duration of that actors run.

Will Daniel Craig walk away from the role of “Bond” after Spectre? Who knows to be honest. Would I be surprised by it? Maybe, but won’t be shocked either.

This London website who interviewed Mr. Craig in my opinion asked questions that Craig himself really doesn’t have the answers to himself.

I’m willing to guess that Craig won’t know what he wants to do with “Bond” for another six months to a year and at some point during that time the studio will also be wanting to know as well. Bond movies use to come to the theater every two years like clock work and recently its been more like three and sometimes even four years in between.

With every passing Bond movie the stakes are being raised with each film in size and scope and as an actor it has to take a toll in someway personally and professionally as it sounds from Craig’s interview. Playing James Bond is more then a role it’s an icon as well.

Long time Bond fans were spoiled with the likes of Connery and Moore taking on the roll of Bond for seven movies each and since the longest is currently four with Brosnan and Craig. As fans we may have to accept the fact that four maybe the new seven when it comes to the British spy.

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