Daniel Craig to return in latest BOND outing after uncertainty surrounded his future with the franchise.
Most fans did not think he would return. It was in question for a very long time. Back in October 2015, Daniel Craig told TimeOut London that he did not want to return whatsoever to the role. “Now?” Craig said. “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.” What was strange was how people took this as gospel. Craig even told the Rolling Stone that he was hoping to leave the franchise even before Skyfall.
“I’ve been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it,” Craig said. “But they won’t let me go, and I’ve agreed to do a couple more, but let’s see how this one does, because business is business and if the **** goes down, I’ve got a contract that somebody will happily wipe their a** with.”
It’s a tad interesting Craig has said those words when he later says the complete opposite during October 2016. “I’ve got the best job in the world doing Bond,” Craig said. “The things I get to do on a Bond movie and the type of work it is, there’s no other job like it.” Craig even addressed his previous comments where he’d rather slash his wrists than continue playing the role.
“It was the day after filming [stopped on Spectre],” Craig said. “I’d been away from home for a year.” What Craig seems to be alluding to is that he was very tired after playing the role. Once he was able to relax and get some sleep, he was a lot more excited about the role and the prospects for future Bond adventures. He seems to enjoy joking around with the press when sometimes they do not catch onto his humor.
However, the cat’s out of the bag now: Craig will be making his return for Bond 25. After the conclusion of Spectre and the establishment of many Bond mainstays such as Miss Moneypenny and Q in Skyfall as well as Blofeld in Spectre, it would seem there’s still plenty of stories left to tell with these characters and the brilliant actors portraying them. With Craig’s return announced only around a day after the new film was announced, it begs the question whether Christoph Waltz could return since he is the head of SPECTRE and arguably Bond’s biggest baddie. It was reported previously he’d signed on for two more movies but his return was conditional upon Craig’s return.
“Christoph could make a brilliant ongoing man for Bond to battle like in the old days,” a source was quoted as saying, according to The UK Daily Mirror. “But the important clincher of it is that Blofeld can only work with Daniel back in the role to keep continuity.”
With Craig’s Bond continuing to be popular, it wouldn’t make any sense for them to retire him at this point. With the complete Bond universe built, there’s the potential for a return to some of the older villains such as Goldfinger or Dr. No. It would not be surprising given they just introduced Blofeld.
Now with the film announced and Craig’s return confirmed, now the question is: where does this film find Bond after he seemingly retired once and for all from the 007 role?