After playing James Bond in the last four films of the successful franchise, including the forthcoming “Spectre,” the British actor Daniel Craig is ready to put the role behind him.
“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.” Was his reply when asked whether he can take on the role of James Bond in another movie.
The actor took on the role nearly 10 years now with 2006’s “Casino Royale” as his first movie in the famous role. He addresses his growing fatigue at inhabiting a role he feels is increasingly stale with each installment.
“The best acting is when you’re not concerned about the surface. And Bond is the opposite of that. You have to be bothered about how you’re looking. It’s a struggle. I know that how Bond wears a suit and walks into a room is important. But as an actor I don’t want to give a damn about what I look like! “So I have to play with both things. In a way that works, as that’s Bond: he looks good and he doesn’t give a damn what you think he looks like!’ “
Craig said he’s grateful for the opportunity but that the all-consuming role has kept him from pursuing other projects.
“Bond allows me to do anything I want to in some respects. But it’s changed my working life in an incredible way. There are more opportunities. I could do many, many things. But it takes an awful amount of time. If anything, the restriction is that it is incredibly time-consuming. That’s the restriction.”
The 47-year actor has just wrapped an eight-month shoot for “Spectre” in England, Mexico City, Morocco, the Austrian Alps and Rome that is coming out some time soon.
Besides Spectre, Daniel Craig has played other James Bond movies like Casino Royal and Quantum of Solace.