It may be hard to believe, but Daniel Craig has been playing James Bond for almost 10 years, starting with Casino Royale in 2006. As he readies himself for the release of his latest 007 adventure, with Spectre hitting theaters worldwide this November, he's taking some time out to reflect back on this secret agent he's played in four movies, which also include 2008's Quantum of Solace and 2012's Skyfall. Speaking with Esquire, he calls Bond out for being sexist, and hopes his portrayal has helped to curb that notion. He also doesn't think he could spend much time with the character, heavily hinting that his days as James Bond are numbered.
"Hopefully my Bond is not as sexist and misogynistic as [earlier incarnations]. The world has changed. I am certainly not that person. But he is, and so what does that mean? It means you cast great actresses and make the parts as good as you can for the women in the movies."
James Bond's love of women is deeply embedded in the character, and that aspect can't be changed too much without disenfranchising the fan base, some of whom have been around as long, or longer than the character. But that doesn't mean he can't slowly morph into something more socially acceptable. Still, Daniel Craig, who is a family man with a wife, and even an adult daughter, doesn't much care for 007. He doesn't believe he'd be able to spend much time with him, were he real.
"I don't know if I'd like to spend too much time with him. He's very f---ing lonely. There's a great sadness. He's f---ing these beautiful women but then they leave and it's... sad. And as a man gets older it's not a good look. It might be a nice fantasy - that's debatable - but the reality, after a couple of months."
As an actor, Daniel Craig says he can't spent too much time judging the secret agent. But he may not be spending much more time as 007, either. He doesn't know if he wants to come back yet. And it sounds like he's leaning towards leaving her Majesty's Secret Service. We probably won't know Daniel Craig's Bond fate until after Spectre opens this fall. But director Sam Mendes, whom many thought would turn his Skyfall and Spectre into a trilogy with a third movie, has already said he's not returning. About carrying the mantle of 007 into the future, the actor had this to say.
"I really don't know. Honestly. I'm not trying to be coy. At the moment I can't even conceive it. At this moment, no. I have a life and I've got to get on with it a bit. But we'll see. You know, it sounds awful but I've been left a wealthy man by doing this. I can afford to live very comfortably. Things are taken care of. Family and kids are taken care of and that's a massive relief in anybody's life. I'm incredibly fortunate. But the other stuff that goes along with it...The day I can walk into a pub and someone goes, 'Oh, there's Daniel Craig' and then just leaves me alone, that'll be great."
Many believe Sam Mendes will change his mind and return to direct a third 007 adventure. If that happens, we can expect to see Daniel Craig return as well. But if it doesn't happen, then Daniel Craig's days as Bond might truly be over. The actor is currently under contract for a 5th Bond movie, but it doesn't sound like producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will stand in his way if he decides to go.
If Daniel Craig does decide to exit the role of James Bond, producers will certainly be on the lookout for a replacement. At the top of a lot of people's wish list is Idris Elba, who was name checked in an email that leaked during the Sony Hack of 2014. If he accepted the role, it would be the first time a person of color has played the part. Idris Elba himself claims that any chance of him playing 007 is long gone. But who knows? It could happen. If Daniel Craig does decide to step down, he is leaving a nice legacy in his wake, with his previous Bond movies some of the best reviewed installments of all time. What do you think? Will you be happy or sad to see him go? We have two new photos to share from the upcoming movie. Enjoy.