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