Caveat Emptor Part IV: Another Daniel Craig interview

SPECTRE poster

SPECTRE poster

With SPECTRE about to premiere, various interviews with Daniel Craig are going online. One, BY THE TIME OUT LONDON website had a few things that caught our eye.

Again, let the buyer beware. Based on the text, the interview was conducted only four days after the end of principal photography. He definitely comes across as somebody looking to recharge his batteries.

Also, some fans of the 47-year-old actor say they appreciate how he yanks the chain of the press. So, if you accept that notion, there’s no telling whether he’s actually saying what he thinks.

With that context in mind, some quotes of interest.

On SPECTRE’s writing process: “The writer John Logan came in and gave us the bones of something and then two writers came in and we worked with them and Sam. The way it works is that I’d wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and write it down and send it to Sam and he ignores me or doesn’t ignore me, or talks to me the following morning and we develop it from there.”

On whether he has any more 007 ideas: “‘Every idea I’ve had for a Bond movie, I’ve stuck into this one. It’s gone in. The Bond bank is dry. If you’re asking me what would I do with another Bond movie? I haven’t a clue.”

SPECTRE humor? “But, yes, short answer: we tried to put more humour into this movie!”

Inevitably, there’s the question of Craig’s future (if any) as Bond. Here the strain of more than six months of filming is evident. So take the following quotes for what they’re worth. Also remember that LATER INTERVIEWS emerged where Craig walked back things a bit.

Asked if he could imagine doing another Bond movie, Craig responded: “Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. 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.”

He added:

“For at least a year or two, I just don’t want to think about it. I don’t know what the next step is. I’ve no idea. Not because I’m trying to be cagey. Who the fuck knows? At the moment, we’ve done it. I’m not in discussion with anybody about anything. If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.” (Emphasis in original article.)

To read the full interview, CLICK HERE. Among other things, he confirms there was a plan to film two movies back to back but he opposed it. He also comments about why he was keen for Sam Mendes to return as director.

UPDATE: The Time Out London interview has been summarized by a number of entertainment websites. What follows are examples with links and headlines:

IO9: Daniel Craig Is So Done With James Bond

Variety: Daniel Craig Says He’d Rather Kill Himself Than Do Another James Bond Movie

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Daniel Craig on Making Another Bond: ‘I’m Over At The Moment. We’re Done’

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Daniel Craig: If I do another James Bond movie after ‘Spectre,’ ‘it would only be for the money’