What’s the worst part about playing such an iconic character like James Bond? Though Daniel Craig has spoken in the past about the toll Bond takes on his personal life, the worst thing about the gig is that he can’t recklessly let his hair down whenever he wants to, thanks to constant observation by the media.
In a new Vanity Fair interview, Craig dishes on the dark side of playing James Bond, admitting that he can’t engage in the same shenanigans anymore without the public taking notice:
“Back in the day, you could go and have a drink in the bar, get drunk, fall over, have a good time, relax, whatever, and no one would know about it. But now everyone’s got a camera,” Craig explains in the interview. “Not that all I want to do is get drunk in a bar, but that’s an example” of the consequences of his fame.
What Craig is mostly getting at is that he regrets that he just can’t live a “normal life” like the rest of us anymore.
“You can’t live a normal life anymore,” he continues. “Because it will become public knowledge that you’ve whatever—gotten drunk in a bar or skinny-dipped on a beach or something. Things that normal people do occasionally. And in a way that’s kind of—I’ve got to be high-class,” Craig jokes. “I’ve done a lot of things in my life. But you have to think in that way. Which is sad, because I like bars.”
Still, playing James Bond is certainly not without its perks, notes Newser. Random people send him free drinks all the time. Can you guess what they send him? If you guessed anything other than “vodka martini,” leave this article now.
“And it’s like, Really? It’s 11 o’clock [in the morning]! Cheers! I’m not going to drink it,” Craig says.
The moral of the story: Don’t send Daniel Craig martinis in the morning. However, if you find him drinking, put away your camera and let the man skinny dip like “normal people” do.
Craig’s third Bond-outing, Skyfall, comes out on October 23, 2012.