In a profile with Esquire, Daniel Craig looks back on his four James Bond films so far, but “can’t even conceive” of more missions as Ian Fleming‘s 007.
“I really don’t know. Honestly. I’m not trying to be coy,” he tells the magazine. “At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see.” Reportedly, the actor is under contract for one more film.
He also dismisses rumors that November 6th’s Spectre is the first of a two-part story. Initially reported in the run up to the release of Skyfall in 2012, Craig now says “I don’t think so.” Instead, he says “we’ve squared all those circles” left from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace‘s unresolved metaplot — a secret cabal plotting to rule the world — and Bond’s continued soul-searching.
On that last point, Craig says he initially championed a return to the aloof, almost flippant 007 characterized by Roger Moore in the 1970s and 80s. “I think I’d just got it into my head that flamboyance was the way forward and f*ck it, nothing touched him,” he says. The development process saw more of Bond’s troubled past come to the fore, and “as we got into the story and rooted out the connections, they were too good to leave alone.”
Having read the Fleming novels, I think there is definitely a balance to be struck between Moore’s persona and the emotional powder keg of Craig’s Bond. Though steely and cool, Fleming’s Bond does feel and is occasionally seen at the beginning of a novel dealing with the aftermath of the previous adventure. Although, I will admit the early parts of Skyfall attempt to reach that balance, particularly in the Macao sequence. I hope this is what Craig has in mind when he tells Esquire the new film is “Skyfall times 10!”
Perhaps, if Spectre is Craig’s last outing, the next Bond will be allowed a little more fun — and a shaken martini — while figuring out his place in the world and the ethics of his job.
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