Daniel Craig’s ready for a holiday. His work on the latest James Bond adventure, Spectre, is finished. All that’s left is the promotion, which should take Craig and his 007 compatriots to the corners of the globe where they can market Sam Mendes’ effort to the masses.
As part of that endeavor, Daniel Craig sat down with Time Out for a spectacularly candid interview about all things Bond, and if you are a fan of the agent with a license to kill – in particular, in Craig’s take on the timeless spy – then the entire interview is a must read. The type of honesty that Craig brings to the conversation is refreshing and appreciated. Not that Craig has ever been one to pull punches or protect his opinion when speaking with the press. But his thoughts on Skyfall, Spectre, and the present and future state of James Bond are tremendously frank. Here are 10 of our favorite Craig soundbites, on the biggest Bond topics occupying his thoughts at the moment:
Daniel Craig on Spectre"Everyone’s been banging on to me about the gadgets. ‘Where are the gadgets?’ Before, it hasn’t felt right. And it’s not like we’ve made this one heavily into gadgets. But we’ve snuck a lot of stuff in. So, yes, it’s got more bells!"
Daniel Craig’s approach to 007 has been more grounded and realistic. Casino Royale, in fact, was the most stripped down and bare-knuckle Bond story we’d seen I years. This likely was a direct reaction to the grotesque overindulgence of the Pierce Brosnan era, but Spectre sounds like it’s inching Craig closer to the classic Bond mythos. I mean, in Dave Bautista, he finally has a henchman to battle!
"Am I getting my kit off in this movie? Yes, I’ve been working out for six months. Of course I’m getting my kit off!"
Craig wants fans to know that while there might not be something as eye-catching as his ocean scene in Casino Royale, he understands the physicality of the role, and won’t disappoint his dedicated followers.
"There was a conversation at one point that went: ‘Let’s film two movies back to back.’ I just went: ‘You’re out of your fucking minds.’ In the nicest possible way. They’re just too big."
That rumor did make the rounds for a while, with screenwriter John Logan, at one point, concocting a storyline that would entail two movies. It’s still possible Spectre might end with a cliffhanger that has to be resolved in the next Bond movie, but Craig needs time before he even starts wrapping his brain around that.