If James Bond makes being the world’s greatest secret agent look incredibly easy and fun, it’s because the actor behind the role is putting in some incredibly hard work. Each time he plays the role, Daniel Craig has to get in the best physical shape possible (which has to be getting more and more difficult at age 47) and endure months of grueling stunt scenes and action shots, all while also trying to deliver a good performance. Now, weeks away from the release of his fourth Bond film, Spectre, Craig is reflecting on all the hard work he put in on the flick, and the sum of his reflection seems to be: “I don’t give a fuck.”
In a new interview with Time Out London, Craig reflected on everything from getting Skyfall director Sam Mendes back for Spectre to pouring “every idea I’ve had for a Bond movie” into the film. The whole interview is worth reading, but the particularly interesting bits came when Craig talked about his future in the 007 role, something that’s seemed very uncertain throughout the making of Spectre. According to Craig, though he was contracted for only one more film, at one point the studio tried to convince him to make a fourth and fifth Bond flick back to back, an idea he quickly shot down.
“Well, I was contracted to do another one. That was all set up. 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 fucking minds.’ In the nicest possible way. They’re just too big.”
So, at least for the moment, a fifth film with Craig as Bond is, at best, just a studio notion, but how does Craig feel about returning now that he’s actually finished making Spectre? Not too good, actually.
“Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists [than think about making another one]. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
Craig went on to clarify that he just doesn’t want to think about making another Bond film for “at least a year or two,” but his reluctance to tackle the subject does of course bring the question of a new Bond to the forefront once again. Fans and books alike have thrown out names ranging from Idris Elba to Damien Lewis, but if you ask Craig, he just doesn’t care.
“Look, I don’t give a fuck. Good luck to them! 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.”
For the moment, the future of Bond—other than the certainty that the franchise will continue in some form—is very much a question mark, but if you ask Craig what advice he’d give to whoever puts on the tuxedo next, it’s simple: Don’t screw this up.
“Literally I’d say two things. Firstly, it’s your decision. Don’t listen to anybody else. Well, do listen to everybody, but you have to make the choice at the end of the day. It’s your bed to lie on. And don’t be shit! Don’t be shit. You’ve got to step up. People do not make movies like this any more. This is really rare now. So don’t be shit.”
Spectre opens in US theaters November 6.