Daniel Craig explains why he left the James Bond role: “This is it. I don’t want to do more than that.”

Daniel Craig reflects on his decision to separate from James Bond. (Photo: Mike Marsland/Getty Images for Omega)

Warning: This post contains spoilers about No time to die And the fate of James Bond.

After five Bond films, Daniel Craig has officially handed over the license to kill. But the British actor says he sealed his character’s fate just like 007’s first outing, 2006 Casino Royalewas hitting theater screens.

“I was driving away from a Berlin premiere Casino Royale with [producer] Barbara Broccoli, 54-year-old Actress Sunday times In a new interview. “I honestly thought I’d do one Bond movie, and then it’d be over. But by then we knew we had a hit on our hands. Realizing the enormity of that, I said to Barbara, ‘How many more?’ three? four? She said: Four! I said: okay. Then can I kill him? She said yes.'”

And that’s exactly what happened with Craig’s fifth and final role as James Bond, No time to die. Released last year after an 18-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 25th film in the franchise ended with the death of the secret agent, after he chose to sacrifice himself for the sake of his family.

“I said, ‘This is it,'” Craig says of going into his latest movie. I don’t want to do more.” However, he wanted to give the spy a noble death, entrusting Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who worked on the film’s script, with creating an ending that showed Bond’s humanity. Infected by nanobots programmed to kill his lover and their young daughter, Bond remains on an island he knows is Missiles will hit it soon.

Craig notes: “The real tragedy is when you have absolutely no choice. We had to find a way to make his death no choice. He was the happiest Bond ever because he found exactly what he was looking for. Like every person on Earth, he was only looking for the love “.

Bond’s death also presented an opportunity for the beloved franchise – even if the studio wasn’t quite ready to accept it.

“If we kill Bond,” says Craig, “we can start over. I think Barbara thought that, too. But, bless them, the studio, MGM, was like, ‘What are you talking about?'” did you lose your mind ? There was reluctance, so we had to do it in secret, really.”

While it remains to be seen when and how the Bond series will be updated, Craig – is now starring The Glass Onion: Knives Takes Out the Mystery – He seems happy to be able to turn the 60-year-old franchise around.

“I came in with guns blazing and everybody pissed off,” he says of the controversy surrounding his casting, which he admitted “bothered” him in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment last year. “His ears stick out! He’s blonde! Blue eyes!” Fleming barely wrote The Tall Stranger, but I thought, ‘We’ve got to make it fresh. We can’t just go, “Here, audience, this is the same old stuff we always did.”

He continues, “I know that sounds very arrogant.” But it was a creative disruption. I felt Bond was big and tough enough to take on just about anything. If I end up doing more [Bond]I would really pay it. But Bond can take it! It is not fragile. he is strong. Sean Connery embodied that character in a way that would never go away, so I thought, “What do I do with it?”

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