Before No Time To Die was released, Daniel Craig‘s embarked on a rigorous press tour for his fourth James Bond film Spectre. During this extensive working period, he was keen to point out that Spectre would absolutely be his final cinematic adventure as 007. The decision came after he broke his leg during the filming of the movie. In a documentary that followed the film’s release, the 53-year-old revealed how he “pushed back” his leg operation to avoid ruining the filming schedule.
Daniel said at the time: “I had a lot of fun on [Spectre] but part of the problem was that I broke my leg. We had a choice. We could shut down for nine months and I could go and get an operation, or I could crack on with the movie and I didn’t want to shut down for nine months.”
After the film was released and the press tour was well underway, the actor was happy to be stepping away from the role. When asked in 2015 if he would return to play Bond for the fifth time, the 47-year-old at the time revealed it would “only be for the money”.
On if he could imagine doing another Bond, he replied: “Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists.”
Daniel continued: “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.”
He added that he had not given “any thought” to what was going to come next for him. He continued: “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 f**k knows?”
Talking about his Bond contract, he added: “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.”
Daniel has since back-pedalled on these comments.
Barbara said that, shortly after Daniel’s injury, he was overworked. The week of speaking to the press probably didn’t help, and she admitted Daniel was “very annoyed” at the team. When he made these comments, it reportedly escalated the entire ordeal.
Still, all is well that ends well, and No Time To Die was a rousing success and final adventure for the movie star. Now, all eyes are on who will take over from Daniel, and he has some thoughts about that too.
Daniel was recently asked about what advice he would give to the next 007. He explained: “There’s a few issues I’d say, however, I imply, one is: don’t be s**t. I’d say you’ve acquired to seize it and make it your individual. I feel that’s the way in which to go ahead.” He added: “I imply, I simply dedicated myself to it as a lot as I probably may and tried to form of elevate it as a lot as I may. I hope I’ve left it in a superb place and I hope the subsequent particular person can simply make it fly. It’s an incredible franchise, I nonetheless assume there’s lots of tales to inform.”
James Bond No Time To Die is out now.