After 13 years and five James Bond films, Daniel Craig doesn’t have any regrets leaving the franchise. He went on Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his latest film Knives Out. Talking about his experience on the Rian Johnson film, the questions turned his status with MGM and if he was done the Bond franchise after No Time to Die.
“Yes,” Craig replied bluntly. “It is done.”
The 51-year old actor completed filming No Time to Die, his fifth and final outing as the famous 007. Craig’s played Bond since taking over the role from Pierce Brosnan starring in 2006’s Casino Royale as a soft reboot of the franchise relying more on grit than the frills of gadgets.
Daniel Craig’s History as James Bond
Craig next appeared in 2008’s Quantum of Solace as a direct sequel but without as much fanfare. Four years later, he’d star in his most critically-praised Bond film-to-date in 2012’s Skyfall. His last outing brought back Bond-favorite Ernst Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) in 2015’s Spectre. Shortly after the completion of filming, Craig infamously grew infuriated with the role.
“I’d rather slash my wrists than play James Bond again.”
During Craig’s time as Bond, Dame Judy Dench was the lone holdover from the Brosnan Bond films with his last turn in 2002’s Die Another Day as M. Her character was killed at the end of Skyfall and transitioned Ralph Fiennes as the new M for Spectre.
Craig’s run saw the franchise’s most successful box office hit in Skyfall, which grossed $1.1 billion globally. Spectre grossed $879.6 million globally. His four combined a worldwide gross of $3.18 billion, which nears almost half the combined take of all 24 released films at $7.08 billion (not adjusted for inflation).
Cary Joji Fukunaga directed and co-wrote No Time to Die with Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The film also stars Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright.
The film comes to theaters on April 3rd. Knives Out is currently in theatres.