Will we see Spectre’s Daniel Craig as James Bond again? Since the 007 actor made some very anti-James Bond comments last week to Time Out London, you would think the answer would be a resounding “no.” Yet co-star Naomie Harris, who plays Miss Moneypenny, has recently said otherwise.
Last week Daniel Craig said he would rather “slash his wrists” than ever be James Bond again. The actor went on to say that he was over the role and just wanted to move on.
Spectre co-star Naomie Harris quickly defended the current Bond actor. In a recent interview with the BBC, Naomie clarified Craig’s wrist-slash comment was taken out of context and that “it was not as he intended it.” According to her, Craig was “just being sarcastic.”
She went on to say, “it’s easy to take something that someone says in passing and blow it completely out of proportion.”
Harris must have a bit more affection for Craig, as she easily downplayed the remarks. Yet, some other Hollywood stars weren’t so sympathetic. In a previous Inquisitr report, Ellen Pompeo slammed Craig’s anti-James Bond comments via twitter.
Despite Craig’s negative remarks about the possibility of any return in a 25th Bond film, Harris believes the British actor is still committed to the role.
“Daniel lives and breathes Bond. He’s so dedicated to his craft, and he loves playing Bond.”
However hopeful many seem to be, it’s doubtful that, after Spectre, Daniel Craig will return to the role. In another statement about the future of James Bond, Craig readily admitted he is not enthusiastic about coming back and isn’t even seriously considering it.
“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’m not in discussion with anybody about anything. If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”
It’s too early to tell if Spectre will be Daniel Craig’s last 007 role. Of course, this doesn’t stop Bond fans from speculating who will replace Craig as Bond in the next movie. Many have suggested Idris Elba should take over the role.
However, Harris doesn’t want to see that happen. She recently referred to Craig as “the Ultimate Bond” and added, “it wouldn’t be Bond without him.”
Regardless of the ongoing speculation of a return to James Bond, Craig did say that he would continue the role longer, so long as he is physically capable. Apparently, he did not feel physically capable to start another right after Spectre, though. In the Time Out London interview, Craig said studio executives were eager to start shooting the next Bond film very quickly, but the 47-year-old actor wasn’t ready.
When the blonde actor was first cast in Casino Royale, many fans and critics were initially disappointed about Craig playing the super-secret agent. Many said he wasn’t as sophisticated or stylish as previous Bonds. However, Craig’s new rough and tumble take on the character quickly took hold. After Skyfall, Craig’s third return, became the highest-grossing Bond film of all time, it became obvious that he was the right choice.
The James Bond franchise has made Daniel Craig a superstar. Of all the iconic actors who have carried a Walther PPK, Craig’s James Bond portrayal is quite arguably at the top of the list for most fans, second only to Sean Connery.
Even though James Bond has opened many doors for Craig, he seems tired of the role and has openly stated he just doesn’t care who will be the next 007. The only advice he offers to the next person is to listen to everyone, take hold of the role, and do the best you can because it’s worth it.
In the 24th Bond film, Spectre, Daniel Craig returns as James Bond for the fourth time. Making her debut as Eve Moneypenny in 2012’s Skyfall, Naomie Harris will again reprise her role in this installment.
The next James Bond film Spectre with Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris will open October 26 in the U.K. and November 6 in U.S.
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