In early September, details of AN ESQUIRE INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL CRAIG came out where the actor said of doing another James Bond film, “At the moment I can’t even conceive it.”
The 007 fan base — not to mention various entertainment news outlets — questioned whether this meant that SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond film due out in the U.K. before the end of October, would be Craig’s 007 finale.
Toward the end of September, A DAILY MAIL STORY EMERGED where Craig said this about making James Bond films:
‘It’s getting harder. But such is life. I’ll keep going as long as I’m physically able.
‘I’m contracted for one more – but I’m not going to make predictions.’
The James Bond fan base — not to mention entertainment outlets quoting the Daily Mail (CLICK HERE for an example from The Guardian) — have proclaimed this to mean that Craig may be making Bond films for years to come.
When the Esquire interview came out, this blog RAN A POST that began with the words “caveat emptor” — let the buyer beware.
The only person who really knows is the actor himself. Even some of Craig’s most ardent fans say on 007 message boards they take delight in how he yanks the chain of the press.
But that also means if you can’t trust one statement, that pretty much means you can’t trust the other.
Being the star of a James Bond movie means enduring long, grueling productions. SPECTRE, for example, was a seven-month shoot. Marvel Studios plans a nine-month shooting schedule FOR **TWO** COMPLETE AVENGERS MOVIES to be released in 2018 and 2019.
What’s more, those Avengers movies won’t rely on one actor the way a Bond movie relies on its star.
The Esquire interview with Craig was done shortly after the completion of SPECTRE’s principal photography. It’s not hard to imagine the actor could have been exhausted. On the other hand, at least one Bond actor (Pierce Brosnan in 2002) thought he’d be back until he wasn’t.
So it bears repeating. When it comes to Daniel Craig’s future, caveat emptor.
At this point, fans would be better off enjoying the SPECTRE wave and worry later about Daniel Craig’s future.