Britain’s most beloved and dangerous spy, James Bond, will be returning to the big screen in less than three weeks, and fans could not be more excited for the release of Spectre.
With Sam Smith’s theme song to ‘Writing On The Wall’ storming in to number one in the charts, anticipation for the twenty-fourth instalment of the country’s most famous film franchise is hitting fever pitch.
With a UK release set for 26 October (the first country the film will open in too!), Daniel Craig will be donning plenty of tuxedos, getting into high octane fights and car cashed, and presumably getting the girl in his fourth outing has 007. But could this be the last time we see Craig in the role?
Rumours continue to circulate about potential replacements for the current James Bond even though Daniel Craig still has a film left on his current contract. Plus the recent films featuring the seventh incarnation of Bond have been credited for breathing life back into the franchise, which was quickly turning into an over the top, campy action romps that were becoming a far cry from the spy thrillers fans had fallen in love with over the years.
With the likes of Idris Elba, Damian Lewis and Tom Hardy all being touted as potential replacements for Daniel Craig, it remains to be seen how long we will be seeing this version of Bond on the big screen.
Director of the very successful Skyfall and soon to be released Spectre, Sam Mendes, will not be returning for the next film, and comments made by Daniel Craig during a recent interview may see him following suit.
He has reportedly been quoted as giving this response to the interviewer who asked him about the possibilities of seeing him return for another outing as the famed spy.
“Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,” says Craig
“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 haven’t given it any thought. For at least a year or two, 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.”
While these may have been taken out of context, it’s easy to forget the strenuous effort required to pull off such a roll. Filming such an arduous role will likely leave any actor less than enthusiastic for a return, perhaps even more so considering the massive amount of press and media commitments the actor is required to go through to promote each film.
When asked who he would like to see takeover from his duties, Craig gave a bluntly honest answer
“Look, I don’t give a fuck” was his reply.
“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. You’ve got to step up. People do not make movies like this anymore. 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.”
A fair point to make, and considering the hard work he himself has put into each film and the role itself, it is completely understandable that he wants to make sure the franchise is in great hands once he eventually hangs up the tux.