With Daniel Craig’s fourth James Bond film over the span of a decade, Spectre, set to open in theaters this fall, the candid British actor isn’t afraid to discuss how ready to move on from the franchise he is. In an interview with TimeOut, Craig very graphically described how he’d rather kill himself than play the iconic spy again. “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,” he said. “I’m over it at the moment.”
As adamant as his response was, Craig didn’t entirely rule out the prospect of suiting up again as 007 some day in the future. “For at least a year or two, I just don’t want to think about it,” he explained. From there, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen. If he did choose to return, though, it might not be for love of the franchise. “If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money,” said Craig.
At the moment, the current Bond seems happy to step aside and let another leading man take over the role. Fellow British actors Tom Hardy and Idris Elba have been mentioned as possible successors, and the conversation has been controversial at times, especially in regard to race. For Craig, though, his only concern is whether the next Bond does a good job. When asked if he cares who picks up the mantle, he said, “I don’t give a f–k. … Make it better, that’s all.”
Spectre may also be the final Bond movie for director Sam Mendes, and the franchise might do well with both a new star to bring in fresh ideas. “Every idea I’ve had for a Bond movie, I’ve stuck into this one,” shared Craig. “The Bond bank is dry.”
Spectre is set to open in theaters on Nov. 6, 2015.
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