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Daniel Craig down for more Bond, apparently no longer wants to slit wrists

10.11.2016

Due to the fact that I spent most of my childhood playing N64's GOLDENEYE, Pierce Brosnan used to always be the first face I'd picture when I heard the name "James Bond". Having said that, I didn't really like the film GOLDENEYE, and the only other Brosnan Bond film I saw was DIE ANOTHER DAY (the one with Madonna and CGI-wave surfing. Oof). However, I loved CASINO ROYAL, and at least enjoyed all of Daniel Craig's subsequent films (I feel QUANTUM OF SOLACE will get a re-evaluation soon), so I have to say while pixelated Pierce Brosnan holds a special place in my heart, Daniel Craig I feel is the real deal.

And I'm not the only one to think that! The producers of the Bond films feel the same way. Callum McDougall, executive producer on all the Craig-era films, said in an interview recently that "We love Daniel. We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely [our] first choice".

What complicates matters (and prompted the headline) is in a previous interview that Daniel Craig gave while promoting SPECTRE last year, Craig had said that he would "rather break this glass and slash my wrists” than play Bond again.

But that seems to have been just him venting after a reportedly tough shoot. As the old saying goes, you don't ask a woman who just gave birth when she'll have another kid. So at the recent New York Comic Con, when asked in a Q&A about returning to his iconic role as Bond, Craig had this to say:

As far as I’m concerned, I’ve got the best job in the world. I’ll keep doing it as long as I still get a kick out of it. If I were to stop doing it, I would miss it terribly.

While that's certainly not a confirmation or anything, it does seem like there might be hope for one last Craig Bond film before all is said and done. While I didn't hate SPECTRE as many others did (though the fact that Bond and Blofeld are now step-brothers is beyond stupid), I still feel Craig could end on a better note. It's nice that he got to ride in the sunset with supposedly the girl of his dreams, but I would really like to see Waltz be given a second chance at Blofeld (now that his origin is now complete...ugh). I also wouldn't mind if Léa Seydoux returned so they could expand on her relationship with Bond to make it feel more authentic (which seems like that would be a first in the series - remember, Craig's Bond films were the first to bring serialization to the forefront of the franchise).

Either way, Craig did the impossible: make a Bond fan out of someone who outright hated Bond. Before Craig, my only real exposure was the aforementioned N64 game (a friend tried converting me by showing me the older films, but it didn't take. I just didn't like them). And while I've tried to revisit the old Bond films again, I still find them lacking, but that doesn't mean I'm not excited for one more Craig film, as well as looking forward to the future of the franchise. 

Extra Tidbit: Daniel Craig was the first Bond to ever have blond hair.
Source: Variety

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3:01PM on 10/12/2016
I knew it all came down to how Craig felt with enough time away to reflect. Bond movies are usually at least 3 years apart if not more, and he's rarely very excited between the wrap party and the premier to talk about the next one. But Daniel Craig has made the part his own, and while the writing has been subpar in certain instances, he has not.
I knew it all came down to how Craig felt with enough time away to reflect. Bond movies are usually at least 3 years apart if not more, and he's rarely very excited between the wrap party and the premier to talk about the next one. But Daniel Craig has made the part his own, and while the writing has been subpar in certain instances, he has not.
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11:56AM on 10/12/2016
Craig is a great Bond and it'd be awesome if he does one more. He's nailed the role even in the weaker entries of his franchise. The media definitely took his words out of context/took him too seriously - he had just wrapped Spectre I believe and needed to unwind. Give this film until either late 2018 or 2019 and I'll bet he'll be back.
Craig is a great Bond and it'd be awesome if he does one more. He's nailed the role even in the weaker entries of his franchise. The media definitely took his words out of context/took him too seriously - he had just wrapped Spectre I believe and needed to unwind. Give this film until either late 2018 or 2019 and I'll bet he'll be back.
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8:56AM on 10/12/2016
We've gotten two stinkers in Spectre and Quantum and two really solid entries with Royale and Skyfall. Aside from that, Craig has been solid in the role and love watching him as Bond. Also at this point, I don't see anyone in Hollywood that would be worthy of the torch to be passed on
We've gotten two stinkers in Spectre and Quantum and two really solid entries with Royale and Skyfall. Aside from that, Craig has been solid in the role and love watching him as Bond. Also at this point, I don't see anyone in Hollywood that would be worthy of the torch to be passed on
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7:27AM on 10/12/2016

Damino Damaske, I think we have very similar backgrounds with Bond

Grew up with Brosnan in the title role, liked the N64 game (although I was more of a Perfect Dark guy) way more than the actual movie. Was pretty avidly a non-Bond fan until Casino Royale came out and caused me to do a total 180. Have since tried re-watching the older films many times, but have never really warmed to them despite my best efforts.

Also, if you read this, I too think that (dare I say it) Quantum is actually one of the strongest Bond films (just not want people expect from the
Grew up with Brosnan in the title role, liked the N64 game (although I was more of a Perfect Dark guy) way more than the actual movie. Was pretty avidly a non-Bond fan until Casino Royale came out and caused me to do a total 180. Have since tried re-watching the older films many times, but have never really warmed to them despite my best efforts.

Also, if you read this, I too think that (dare I say it) Quantum is actually one of the strongest Bond films (just not want people expect from the franchise) and will eventually get a critical re-evaluation. However, I'm curious what you're specific reasoning is on that one.
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1:37AM on 10/12/2016
The only thing I enjoyed about Spectre was Dave Bautista. The idea of Bond and Bloefeld being related I'm sure looked good on paper but didnt translate well on screen and I didn't like it.
I'm sure Daniel Craig would like to end on a high note because the rumour of Tom Hiddleston taking over might have irked him a bit because who doesn't love Tom Hiddleston?
So yeah bring on the next adventure oh and, don't forget Dave!
The only thing I enjoyed about Spectre was Dave Bautista. The idea of Bond and Bloefeld being related I'm sure looked good on paper but didnt translate well on screen and I didn't like it.
I'm sure Daniel Craig would like to end on a high note because the rumour of Tom Hiddleston taking over might have irked him a bit because who doesn't love Tom Hiddleston?
So yeah bring on the next adventure oh and, don't forget Dave!
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1:31AM on 10/12/2016
Craig is a great bond.....would be nice to see a great director like Nolan or someone of that calibre to take it on.
Craig is a great bond.....would be nice to see a great director like Nolan or someone of that calibre to take it on.
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12:07AM on 10/12/2016
I'm pretty sure he likes the role as well as a huge amount of paycheck they'll give him.
I'm pretty sure he likes the role as well as a huge amount of paycheck they'll give him.
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8:57PM on 10/11/2016

Yes!!!

Craig has become my favorite Bond. Casino Royale is my favorite Bond movie, with Skyfall being a close second. I didn't think making Blofeld Bond's half-brother was all that bad. Then again, I like to entertain the theory that Bond and Blofeld are identities bestowed upon new people every so often. Otherwise, these movies don't connect well at all. I'm ready for more Bond. Bring it on!
Craig has become my favorite Bond. Casino Royale is my favorite Bond movie, with Skyfall being a close second. I didn't think making Blofeld Bond's half-brother was all that bad. Then again, I like to entertain the theory that Bond and Blofeld are identities bestowed upon new people every so often. Otherwise, these movies don't connect well at all. I'm ready for more Bond. Bring it on!
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8:02PM on 10/11/2016

Daniel Craig is awesome

I love this guy. After every movie he shits on the franchise so that people wouldn't ask him about it, tells the studio to fuck off so that they leave him alone, takes a year off and comes back ready to go for another one.
I love this guy. After every movie he shits on the franchise so that people wouldn't ask him about it, tells the studio to fuck off so that they leave him alone, takes a year off and comes back ready to go for another one.
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7:46PM on 10/11/2016

Damion Damaske

Brosnan? You lost all credibility, bub.

Collectively, we're dumber for having read your "article". I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Brosnan....
Brosnan? You lost all credibility, bub.

Collectively, we're dumber for having read your "article". I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Brosnan....
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8:19PM on 10/11/2016
Okay, a simple "wrong" would have done just fine.
Okay, a simple "wrong" would have done just fine.
12:29AM on 10/12/2016
I logged in specifically to downvote you. Brosnan was good, and GoldenEye is an awesome Bond movie. Yes the rest he was in weren't very good, but that wasn't on him, that was on the writers.
I logged in specifically to downvote you. Brosnan was good, and GoldenEye is an awesome Bond movie. Yes the rest he was in weren't very good, but that wasn't on him, that was on the writers.
8:42AM on 10/12/2016
markemark was clearly paying homage to a scene in Billy Madison. So I thought that was funny.

Brosnan was my first memory of Bond, so I understand where the writer is coming from
markemark was clearly paying homage to a scene in Billy Madison. So I thought that was funny.

Brosnan was my first memory of Bond, so I understand where the writer is coming from
7:26PM on 10/11/2016
Cha. Ching.
Cha. Ching.
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7:16PM on 10/11/2016
I love how over the top everyone got over his comments. The media completely took his words out of context. He had been away from his family for a year and has been in and out of surgery, they asked him mere days after finishing filming when the next one is coming out and this was his response. Judgmental pricks, the lot of ya. Craig IS Bond.
I love how over the top everyone got over his comments. The media completely took his words out of context. He had been away from his family for a year and has been in and out of surgery, they asked him mere days after finishing filming when the next one is coming out and this was his response. Judgmental pricks, the lot of ya. Craig IS Bond.
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6:31PM on 10/11/2016
Now that Craig is back on board, I wonder who they'll look at to direct the next Bond film.
Now that Craig is back on board, I wonder who they'll look at to direct the next Bond film.
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10:13PM on 10/11/2016
Darren Aronofsky or GTFO
Darren Aronofsky or GTFO
10:35PM on 10/11/2016
That would be an awesome pick, but I don't know how much free reign he would have in terms of directing and the studio possibly interfering.
That would be an awesome pick, but I don't know how much free reign he would have in terms of directing and the studio possibly interfering.
6:00PM on 10/11/2016

Typical Craig

He complains after every movie - how each one takes a good year of his life at least with shooting, reshoots, promotional tours; how he gets mobbed all over the world; etc. He always needs a cool down period (and probably a raise ) then he's back on board for one more.

One day he'll hand it up and it would not surprise me if the next one is the last Craig Bond.
He complains after every movie - how each one takes a good year of his life at least with shooting, reshoots, promotional tours; how he gets mobbed all over the world; etc. He always needs a cool down period (and probably a raise ) then he's back on board for one more.

One day he'll hand it up and it would not surprise me if the next one is the last Craig Bond.
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5:03PM on 10/11/2016

Spectre was a massive disappointment and Daniel Craig has already done all he can with the role

I thought Christoph Waltz and Daniel Craig would create one of the most amazing films in Bond lore, but instead we got a snooze fest. I'm pretty over the entire franchise to be honest. Do we really need more of these just because a character's name is James Bond???
I thought Christoph Waltz and Daniel Craig would create one of the most amazing films in Bond lore, but instead we got a snooze fest. I'm pretty over the entire franchise to be honest. Do we really need more of these just because a character's name is James Bond???
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4:55PM on 10/11/2016
$$$$$$$$$$
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4:53PM on 10/11/2016
He said very similar things after Skyfall. He felt burnt out, didn't want to do it, but then changed his mind after enough time passes...probably $$$ too. I'd like to see him do one more, but only if he really cares. Spectre and Quantum aren't as bad as everyone makes them out to be, it could've been a lot worse....like Die Another Day worse.
He said very similar things after Skyfall. He felt burnt out, didn't want to do it, but then changed his mind after enough time passes...probably $$$ too. I'd like to see him do one more, but only if he really cares. Spectre and Quantum aren't as bad as everyone makes them out to be, it could've been a lot worse....like Die Another Day worse.
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4:46PM on 10/11/2016

No thanks

I think the producers should pass on him, and recast. Hire an actor who appreciates the privilege of playing James Bond.
I think the producers should pass on him, and recast. Hire an actor who appreciates the privilege of playing James Bond.
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4:38PM on 10/11/2016

Good

Spectre was weak, but I like Craig as Bond. Casino Royale and Skyfall were two of the best.
Spectre was weak, but I like Craig as Bond. Casino Royale and Skyfall were two of the best.
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4:31PM on 10/11/2016

He looked tired and bored in the last movie... and it sucked

I think he really is tired of the role, but got in trouble when he exaggerated his dislike for the role and thoughts on killing himself before stepping into Bonds shoes again. So now he is all like "I could do it again, if it was perfect" and hoping that a good script doesn't cross his path because mentally he is done.
I think he really is tired of the role, but got in trouble when he exaggerated his dislike for the role and thoughts on killing himself before stepping into Bonds shoes again. So now he is all like "I could do it again, if it was perfect" and hoping that a good script doesn't cross his path because mentally he is done.
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