Craig tells New Yorker no decision made on Bond 25

Daniel Craig photo opposing Brexit

Daniel Craig photo opposing Brexit earlier this year.

Daniel Craig said Friday night that no decision has been made yet about Bond 25, according to audience members who attended a New Yorker Festival program featuring the actor.

The actor said during the 90-minute presentation that 007 principals, including Barbara Broccoli, the co-boss of Eon Productions, are focused on non-Bond projects.

Craig also denied being offered $150 million to do two more 007 films. He also appeared to contradict director Paul Greengrass, who said earlier this year that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli had approached him about making a Bond film.

Craig, 48, was interviewed by Nicholas Schmidle, a staff writer for the magazine. The New Yorker Festival, being held this weekend, features programs featuring figures in the arts. The Craig program was titled “Beyond Bond.” The actor has starred in four 007 films since 2006.

The Craig interview was tweeted as it unfolded, both by the magazine and some attending. On the subject of Craig’s future as Bond, this was tweeted by the Arts Commented blog.

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Craig is appearing as Iago in an off-broadway production of Othello that runs from Nov. 22 to Jan. 18. After that, Craig is to be the star and an executive producer of Purity. a limited-run series for Showtime. Purity will consist of 20 episodes, half being telecast in 2017, the remainder in 2018.

The Radar Online website in early September said that Craig had received the $150 million offer for two more 007 movies, something that no other entertainment outlet has confirmed.

The Bond actor also had this exchange about Paul Greengrass, who has directed three Bourne movies with Matt Damon, according to a tweet by Philip Nobile Jr. of the website Movies. Birth. Death.

Greengrass said in July that Broccoli once approached him about directing a Bond film but he could never direct a Bond film.

Craig also said there aspects of the Bond character he liked, according to a New Yorker tweet.

UPDATE (2:20 a.m., Oct. 8): The James Bond Radio website had some in the audience, and HAD A POST. It included two short videos INCLUDING ONE where Craig said the following about the 007 film series: “There’s no conversation going on genuinely because everybody’s just a bit tired.”

Will the Daniel Craig 007 soap opera take it up a notch?

Daniel Craig in a pose worthy of Orson Welles.

Which way will you turn, Daniel? Which way will you turn?

The James Bond soap opera, As Daniel Craig Turns, may ratchet it up a notch. Or not.

In six days, the 48-year-old actor is scheduled to appear at The New Yorker Festival in a program titled “Beyond Bond.”

Craig is to talk for 90 minutes with the magazine’s Nicholas Schmidle.

After all these months of speculation whether Craig will make a fifth Bond film, Schmidle almost has to ask the actor the question. The New Yorker, afterall, is a high-brow journalistic operation and one of the most prestigious in the United States.

If the award-winning journalist didn’t ask the obvious, it might put a dent in his reputation. Also, when you tease your program by calling it “Beyond Bond,” you’re practically advertising you intend to ask.

Assuming the question arises, that doesn’t mean Craig has to answer, of course. He’s been known to give curt answers to the entertainment press. Some of his fans love that aspect about the star, saying they love watching him befuddle the scribes.

Still, Craig’s appearance at The New Yorker might mean we finally hear him address his Bond future.

The appearance comes as a high-ranking member of Eon Productions, Callum McDougall, told the BBC this week that Craig is still Eon’s top choice as 007. McDougall is one of the main deputies of Eon co-bosses Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.

That interview prompted Vanity Fair to post a snarky article titled Everybody but Daniel Craig Wants Another Daniel Craig Bond Film. Vanity Fair noted Craig’s interview (originally published by Time Out London) where he said he’d rather slash his wrists than do another 007 movie.

Of course, that interview was done shortly after SPECTRE wrapped up filming. Doing another Bond film was likely the last thing Craig wanted to think about.

Nevertheless, Vanity Fair previously reported Craig’s remarks angered the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Eon’s partner in the Bond franchise.

In the newest Vanity Fair article, Yohana Desta opined, “But for the love of Bond fans and poor, rich, tormented Daniel Craig, please make a decision soon, Broccoli.”

Cue the background music. Maybe the As Daniel Craig Turns soap opera will reach a climax. Or maybe not.

Which way will you turn, Daniel? Which way will you turn?