Daniel Craig is more than ready to relinquish the title of James Bond – and he doesn’t care who takes it.
The British actor, whose fourth turn as the iconic spy – Spectre – hits theaters in November, told Time Out London he finds playing the role a “drag” and feels the creative bank for the film series has run “dry.”
“I was contracted to do another one. That was all set up,” the 47-year-old said. “But at the studio there was a real keenness to get it done as soon as possible. In fact, there was a conversation at one point that went: ‘Let’s film two movies back to back.’ I just went: ‘You’re out of your f—— minds.’ In the nicest possible way.”
When asked whether he was interested in working for Her Majesty’s Secret Service on screen again, Craig was blunt.
“Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment,” he said. “Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
But maybe not forever – Craig, who first played Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale, admitted that he’s still unsure of the next step.
“If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money,” he told Time Out.
The actor, who still can’t believe he was cast in the role in the first place (“it’s ludicrous”) said he’s not sure where the potential lies with another Bond film (“space?”), and he definitely won’t weigh in on the Internet debate of who will play Bond next.
“Look, I don’t give a f—. Good luck to them!” he said. “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.”
Craig’s advice for any new 007? “Don’t be s—!”
“Go for it. Embrace it. Some clich d line like that. But no, just make sure you’re great. You’ve got to push yourself as far as you can. It’s worth it – it’s James Bond.”