…we don’t know it.
But we can analyze some facts. (SPOILER AHEAD- Do not read if you have not seen SPECTRE)
Daniel Craig has just finished the promotion for his fourth outing as James Bond, Spectre. His words, when he was asked about returning after this film, are now infamously famous: “Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists” he answered, back in June, to the interviewer of Time Out magazine.
And these are the words all the newspapers of the world reported, speculating about the last outing of the Liverpool born actor as the most beloved agent of Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
What they accidentally forgot to mention, is the the answer Daniel gave to the next question the interviewer asked: You can find it here, along with the rest of the interview. You want to move on from Bond for good?
‘I haven’t given it any thought. For at least a year or two, I just don’t want to think about it. I don’t know what the next step is. I’ve no idea. Not because I’m trying to be cagey. Who the fuck knows? At the moment, we’ve done it. I’m not in discussion with anybody about anything. If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.’
It’s clear that the man that is talking it’s an exhausted one. As you could probably understand, at the time of the interview, he had just finished shooting, after more than a year around the world, Mexico, Austria, Italy, Tunisia, London. Away from New York, away from his family. This could suffice to cut off any discussion about a new film, but more that this, this wasn’t a normal movie, this was a Bond movie, and a tough one. As we all know, Craig does a lot of his stunts himself, and doing this, he has often injured himself while filming. This movie isn’t different, he broke his knee while shooting some fight scene, and was so dedicated that continued filming whit the pain, until he had some time to undergo surgery.
So, this could be why he gave that answer in the first place. But let’s go deeper than this, let’s analyze why he could and should stay.
- Craig’s Bond isn’t done. After rebooting the series in 2006, slowly a lot of classic elements of the saga were reintroduced. But, even after Spectre, there isn’t that climax that could make Craig enter in the Olympus of the spy movies.
- Craig is a producer in Spectre. If EON gives this kind of opportunity to the actor, is to make him understand he is still valuable to them and they still need him. I can imagine they gave up a significant amount of money to add him as producer.
- Waltz’ Blofeld isn’t done yet. I mean, come on, we waited 44 years and then he lasts only 20 minutes? No way. And no way they keep Blofeld withouth keeping Craig.
- EON thinks they have Craig, as Michael Wilson clearly says here.
- We absolutely a proper adaption of You only live twice. I mean, you could change Japan with wherever you want, change the castle with a laboratory, change the poisonous plants with terrible plutonium, but give us Irma Bunt, give us Shatterand, and give us a fantastic last outing of Craig as James Bond 007, than replace him.
- We have some little information, not verified, that in the end he is going to return.
- A new distributor, given the expiration of the contract with Sony, will want to start big, and they only be sure of it by keeping Craig.
- Craig doesn’t seem too convinced to leave
So, Craig must stay, and we need a new Bond before the end of the 2017. Tempus fugit, they say.