Daniel Craig recently wrapped production on his latest 007 outing, No Time to Die

By Nigel Smith
November 04, 2019 11:27 AM

Playing James Bond is a thrill for Daniel Craig — but it also takes a toll on the actor.

Craig, who recently wrapped up filming his latest 007 outing (it’s been rumored to be his last), discussed his complicated relationship to the franchise in a new interview with The Sunday Times.

“This may be hard to believe,” Craig, 51, told the outlet, “but I love the fact I’m Bond. We’re in rare air, making Bond movies. It is one of the most intense, fulfilling things I’ve ever done, but it takes a lot of energy and I’m getting old. I’m getting creaky.”

Craig was recently seen growing emotional as he said goodbye to his latest Bond film, No Time to Die, at a wrap party.

“I just want to say, and I am really quite drunk now so I won’t go on for long, this has been one of the best, most wonderful experiences I have ever had,” Craig said in a video shared on Twitter by Springhouse.

He continued, “You have all done the most amazing job. I could not be more proud to work with every single one of you on this production. I would like to thank you for this evening, for Barbara [Broccoli, producer], for putting it on. Thank goodness, we did this tonight.”

The movie, directed by Maniac‘s Cary Fukunaga, will follow Craig’s Bond living a life outside of the service in Jamaica before his former colleague Felix Leiter comes to the Caribbean island and asks for his help in rescuing a kidnapped scientist, according to Variety.

The outlet previously reported Christopher Waltz will be reprising his role as the supervillain Blofeld in the movie. Waltz first appeared in 2015’s Spectre as the main baddie, who was previously played by Donald Pleasance, Max von Sydow and Telly Savalas in other James Bond iterations.

Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
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The film also has a star-studded cast including Billy Magnussen, Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes as M.

Though the movie is sticking to its April 2020 release, it’s suffered a series of incidents including Craig’s ankle injury that required “minor surgery” as well as an explosion on the Pinewood Studios soundstage in the U.K. in June that injured a crew member.

New footage of Craig in action was released in June following the series of incidents.