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Daniel Craig remains tight lipped on Bond future in BBC interview


Story by Jack Foley

DANIEL Craig has remained tight-lipped on whether he will play James Bond for a fifth time despite the critical acclaim surrounding his fourth outing in Spectre.

In an interview with the BBC ahead of the October 26 release of the 24th 007 adventure, Craig maintained that he had not made any decisions on his future with the franchise. But he did stress that he continued to enjoy the experience of making the films and being such an all-inclusive part of the franchise.

Speculation has been rife surrounding Craig’s future ever since a now infamous comment in Time Out, in which he glibly stated he would “rather slash [his] wrists” than make a fifth Bond film, went viral.

Referring to that, Craig said: “I’m quite straightforward and I say things when I feel it and then I change my mind. I’m just like everybody else. People latch onto things. There’s not a lot I can do about that.”

But when asked whether he had made a decision on playing James Bond for a further film beyond Spectre, he replied: “No – this is what’s going on at the moment. I’m enjoying this.”

Earlier in the interview, he described having a producing credit on the film as “the high point” of his career.

And he also discussed the affect his portrayal of one of cinema’s most iconic and enduring characters had had on his life and career, saying: “I knew when I accepted the role that it would turn my life upside down and it did. There’s no getting away from it.

“I’m still enjoying it much more than I ever did because I’ve been allowed to bring what I know to the role. I’ve been involved with every aspect of film-making.”

Spectre, which is released on Monday, finds Bond battling a criminal syndicate known as Spectre. It is led by a character named Franz Oberhauser, played by Christoph Waltz.

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