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Daniel Craig would only play Bond after Spectre "for the money"


Story by Jack Foley

DANIEL Craig has said that he would only play James Bond again “for the money”.

Speaking in an interview with Time Out London to promote forthcoming 007 adventure Spectre, the actor said that all he wants to do at this present moment in time “is move on”.

His response came to the question, ‘can you imagine doing another Bond movie?’ To which he replied, candidly: “Now? 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.”

Pressed further on whether he wanted to leave the franchise for good, he added: “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.”

The comments would appear to ready the way for a new actor to be appointed as 007 post-Spectre. But then Craig also said he felt in a similar mood after completing Skyfall, which went on to become one of the biggest movies of all-time.

But he was contracted to do another movie and was even instrumental in persuading Sam Mendes to come back for a second time.

“I was begging him. Begging him. They offered him loads of money, of course, but I was also begging him to do it.”

When pressed further on the issue of the future of James Bond should he decide to hang up his Walter PPK, Craig was equally as blunt when it came to the issue of any successor.

“Look, I don’t give a fuck,” was his reply to whether he cared who played the role after him. “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.”

That being said, Craig remains proud of his achievements playing James Bond and feels confident that Spectre is a worthy follow-up to Skyfall, which he had previously described as “Bond with bells on”.

“If that [Skyfall] was bells on, there’s more of everything in this film,” he explained. “We’ve got the character of Moneypenny back, and Q, and now Ralph Fiennes is playing M, so it was, like: right, let’s get all of them into the story.

“Things started building from there. Everyone’s been banging on to me about the gadgets. “Where are the gadgets?” Before it hasn’t felt right, and it’s not like we’ve made this one heavily into gadgets, but we’ve snuck a lot of stuff in. So, yes, it’s got more bells!”

Spectre opens on Monday, October 26 in the UK and during the following week globally.

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