James Bond: Daniel Craig No Longer at the Service of Her Majesty
The history of James Bond in cinema dates back half a century, beginning with Scottish legend Sean Connery. Seven more actors have taken up the mantle of the 007 since then, and each of them have brought something entirely unique to the role. Daniel Craig, the current Bond, is among the best of the bunch. He has done a stellar job playing the role by bringing the danger, seductive rawness, and realism to the character. He redefined James Bond for the 21st century as well by exploring new depths in the character and meeting the challenge of filmmaking with a commitment to performing many of his own stunts.
The British actor’s feelings toward the role are nothing short of odd, given the fact that he has been in it for almost a decade now with four James Bond movies under his belt. It all came out in an interview with Time Out, asking Craig if he would consider another movie after Spectre.
“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the time. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.” The actor went on to clarify: “if I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.” His reluctance to return to the role begs the question: Why is Daniel Craig so opposed to a role that most actors would kill for?
A few explanations to the actor’s infamously announcement could be the rigors that such a role inflicts upon an actor. Not to forget that Craig is a Hollywood A-lister, and as such, he is involved in a variety of projects. At least he was, until he agreed to four movies as a single character spread out over nearly a decade. Since Casino Royale’s 2006 release, a marked decline in his other projects was noticed, with his last non-Bond movie having been The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo back in 2011. That is a whopping five years where one of the industry’s greatest talents has been unable to pursue other films. Playing James Bond is a double-edged sword, and any actor who assumes the mantle will be in for some long years not able to work on anything else. Besides, being stuck as the iconic face of a character for nine years is a long time, and it is clear that he is ready to move on to other challenges and projects.
Reports surfaced that Craig has already rejected an eye-watering deal, $137 million, to continue playing Bond. Therefore, the movie studios, eager to wring another couple of Bond films out of the bankable star, have made him another offer, and Sony is offering Craig a deal of around $150 million to star in another two Bond films. So, will this sky-high offer finally sway him?