Better slow your roll there, Daniel Craig. While the actor has been openly on the fence about returning to reprise the character of James Bond after Spectre, it sounds like he's trying to talk his way out of the job. He's been rather scathing about the iconic super spy in recent interviews. And his latest bout with the press hints that Daniel Craig doesn't like James Bond at all. Talking with Red Bulletin, the official newsletter for Red Bull Energy Drinks, the actor once again blatantly called James a misogynist and claims that the secret agent has nothing to offer the world.
Many believe that Daniel Craig is the best actor to play James Bond since Sean Connery, though plenty of Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan fans will argue. There is no denying that he brings a certain weight and reality to 007 that was lacking in past incarnations of the super spy. But it sounds like Daniel Craig has absolutely nothing in common with this rogue lady's man. He's not alone, Sean Connery also notoriously hated playing Bond. There just must be something that rubs an actor the wrong way about his martini drinking ways.
Sean Connery never cared for the amount of attention he got for playing James Bond, bailing on the character in 1967 after appearing in You Only Live Twice. It sounds more and more like Daniel Craig will follow in his footsteps. Though he is contracted for one more movie after Spectre, the actor has made it clear that he might walk before that happens. Being brutally honest, Daniel Craig had this to say when Red Bulletin asked if there is anything we can learn from James Bond that would help us in our day-to-day lives.
The answer came after a moment of silence. And it came as quite a shock. The question actually opened up an avenue for Daniel Craig to go careening down. He decided to express his exact feelings towards his not-so-beloved on-screen persona. Talking about 007's skills with the ladies, he had this to say.
"Let's not forget that he's actually a misogynist. A lot of women are drawn to him chiefly because he embodies a certain kind of danger and never sticks around for too long."
Bond producers have never publicly acknowledged that their beloved character is, in fact, a misogynist. Though, that label has been attached to 007 since his inception. While publicists have always tried to shy any misogamy talk away from their upcoming sequels, this is the first time someone directly associated with the franchise has openly discussed the idea with the press. Daniel Craig goes onto to say that only the inclusion of a number of very strong female characters has been James' saving grace in these last few sequels. When it is pointed out that Bond has become more chivalrous, he has this to offer.
"That's because we've surrounded him with very strong women who have no problem putting him in his place."
The follow up question from Red Bulletin suggests that Bond is maturing in his old age. He's no longer strictly going after women half his junior. In fact, this time out, he is charming an older woman. This doesn't sit well with Daniel Craig.
"I think you mean the charms of a woman his own age. We're talking about Monica Bellucci, for heaven's sake. When someone like that wants to be a Bond girl, you just count yourself lucky!"
Daniel Craig has no problem calling out his character for rarely sleeping with women his own age. It seems he has a lot of bridges to burn. And it has many speculating that he's done with 007. Though, the actor still refuses to admit that outright. It should be noted that the actor spends the rest of his interview with Red Bulletin being very thoughtful. It's clear that he has some issues with James Bond, and the character clearly wasn't made for these more socially aware times. What do you think of Daniel Craig's outspoken ways? Do you agree with him? Or do you want him to shut up so you can enjoy the movie when it hits the big screen this November? You can read the rest of the interview here.