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Mark Strong says Daniel Craig is probably done playing Bond

02.24.2016

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Although Daniel Craig is contracted for one more James Bond flick, there's a good chance that he won't be returning for the next entry in the 007 series. Speculation of the actor's departure from the franchise began before the release of SPECTRE, when Craig replied "I don’t know, I really don’t know. Honestly. I’m not trying to be coy. At the moment I can’t even conceive it," after being asked if he will be back for another Bond outing, however last month a source told The Mirror that “Daniel has been a huge success as 007 and is loved by fans so he isn’t going anywhere yet."

But during a conversation with Shortlist, Mark Strong, who happens to be close friends with Craig and is the godfather to his oldest son, said he believes the actor is done playing the British secret agent.

Do you know what, I’d have loved to have played the villain in a Bond movie while Daniel was doing it because he’s a pal and that would have been great. But I think he’s come to the end of his Bond time and so it’s probably never going to happen, but that would have always been great.

Strong said he will try to convince his buddy to play Bond one more time, but noted that "there are powers at work greater than us who make all these decisions,” before going on to say “He has been [wonderful] and he’s loved it. But I think he feels like he’s mined it. He’s done what he wants with it. That point has come.”

If true, this probably means that Christoph Waltz also won't be returning for the next installment, but first we'll have to wait and see if Craig has actually made up his mind about playing Bond again.

It was recently announced that Craig has signed on to star in a limited series adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's Purity from LITTLE CHILDREN director Todd Field, while Strong can be seen next on the big screen starring alongside Sacha Baron Cohen in THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY, which is due out on March 11, 2016.

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1:37PM on 02/25/2016
I've been careful not to prejudge whether or not Craig is done with the role. He said something in an interview months back that he couldn't imagine doing another one "right now", and the media ran with it. But Strong and him go back, so that's the first credible news I've heard.
I've been careful not to prejudge whether or not Craig is done with the role. He said something in an interview months back that he couldn't imagine doing another one "right now", and the media ran with it. But Strong and him go back, so that's the first credible news I've heard.
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4:58AM on 02/25/2016
I think Craig will do one more, not only because he is contractually obligated to do so, but because his Bond films have been huge financial successes for MGM (it would make no sense for them to cut him loose early when they don't have to). Having said that, he needs his last turn to be less personal and heavy than what we've seen before. Have him leave behind the baggage from the previous films and just play the character as we've come to know him, on a random mission. Have some fun for the
I think Craig will do one more, not only because he is contractually obligated to do so, but because his Bond films have been huge financial successes for MGM (it would make no sense for them to cut him loose early when they don't have to). Having said that, he needs his last turn to be less personal and heavy than what we've seen before. Have him leave behind the baggage from the previous films and just play the character as we've come to know him, on a random mission. Have some fun for the final outing!
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1:39PM on 02/25/2016
Except he's not contractually obligated anymore. Spectre satisfied that contract.
Except he's not contractually obligated anymore. Spectre satisfied that contract.
6:01AM on 02/26/2016
He's contracted for five films, which means he has one more left.

"I'm contracted for one more - but I'm not going to make predictions." - Daniel Craig, Daily Mail
He's contracted for five films, which means he has one more left.

"I'm contracted for one more - but I'm not going to make predictions." - Daniel Craig, Daily Mail
2:05AM on 02/25/2016
Come on, Powers That Be! Mark Strong vs Daniel Craig would be awesome! Make it happen!
Come on, Powers That Be! Mark Strong vs Daniel Craig would be awesome! Make it happen!
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6:56PM on 02/24/2016
I'd love to see Craig come back for one more and end it on a high note. That's if he still cares. Just as long as he doesn't pull a 'Bruce Willis' and phone it in.
I'd love to see Craig come back for one more and end it on a high note. That's if he still cares. Just as long as he doesn't pull a 'Bruce Willis' and phone it in.
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4:02PM on 02/24/2016

Good Riddance

Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out!
THE worst "Bond" ambassador ever!
Guy has no clues of what this role means to the World at large......with him...it's just about HIM!
Get lost!
Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out!
THE worst "Bond" ambassador ever!
Guy has no clues of what this role means to the World at large......with him...it's just about HIM!
Get lost!
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3:52PM on 02/24/2016
I'm fine with Craig hanging his Bond boots up even though I would have liked to have seen him challenge Connery's legacy in terms of times he's played the character.
However, what I don't want to see as the next actor is a woman or some ethnic actor thrown in to appease some trendy PC crowd. Bond is Bond, European and British. All this talk of a woman or African playing him next would just ruin the legacy of the character.
I wouldn't object though to a new character being created within the
I'm fine with Craig hanging his Bond boots up even though I would have liked to have seen him challenge Connery's legacy in terms of times he's played the character.
However, what I don't want to see as the next actor is a woman or some ethnic actor thrown in to appease some trendy PC crowd. Bond is Bond, European and British. All this talk of a woman or African playing him next would just ruin the legacy of the character.
I wouldn't object though to a new character being created within the same universe of MI5 who is of a different background just don;t mess with Bond.
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6:52PM on 02/24/2016
100% Agree!
100% Agree!
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2:57PM on 02/24/2016

Awesome

How awesome would it be to see mark strong against Craig's Bond I'll buy ticket now please.
How awesome would it be to see mark strong against Craig's Bond I'll buy ticket now please.
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1:20PM on 02/24/2016
You'll also see Strong in Kingsman 2 as well.
You'll also see Strong in Kingsman 2 as well.
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12:16PM on 02/24/2016

SPECTRE was a huge disappointment

Given how SPECTRE was a big letdown, and how it ended, I could easily see Craig not returning to play the character. And perhaps, with that, we see the Bond films returning to a more serialized style, with no ongoing story. What sucks about this possibility is not seeing Waltz return as Blofeld which he deserves a second chance at.
Given how SPECTRE was a big letdown, and how it ended, I could easily see Craig not returning to play the character. And perhaps, with that, we see the Bond films returning to a more serialized style, with no ongoing story. What sucks about this possibility is not seeing Waltz return as Blofeld which he deserves a second chance at.
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12:10PM on 02/24/2016
Never Say Never Again.
Never Say Never Again.
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12:02PM on 02/24/2016
The end of Skyfall promised that Bond is back in action, with Q, M, and Moneypenny all set. The very next film is a disappointment and recycles the same plot about spies being irrelevant, execpt this time Mallory is defending the 00 program... They tried to have Craig go classic Bond and he came off more rapey than Connory or Moore ever did... It just seems like they don't know what to do with Craig anymore. I think two of the best Bond movies and two mediocre ones was enough for him to leave
The end of Skyfall promised that Bond is back in action, with Q, M, and Moneypenny all set. The very next film is a disappointment and recycles the same plot about spies being irrelevant, execpt this time Mallory is defending the 00 program... They tried to have Craig go classic Bond and he came off more rapey than Connory or Moore ever did... It just seems like they don't know what to do with Craig anymore. I think two of the best Bond movies and two mediocre ones was enough for him to leave his mark on the Bond legacy.
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11:13AM on 02/24/2016

Hurray

Very excited to read loads of bullshit, hearsay and conjecture for the next two years until production begins on the next Bond movie.
Very excited to read loads of bullshit, hearsay and conjecture for the next two years until production begins on the next Bond movie.
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11:09AM on 02/24/2016
If Spectre was indeed Craig's last Bond film then I think it was a good way for him to leave the franchise on a high note, but I do wish he would come back for at least one more if that meant we could have him and Waltz go head to head one more time.
If Spectre was indeed Craig's last Bond film then I think it was a good way for him to leave the franchise on a high note, but I do wish he would come back for at least one more if that meant we could have him and Waltz go head to head one more time.
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11:08AM on 02/24/2016
Damn Daniel back at it again with the Bond films
Damn Daniel back at it again with the Bond films
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10:25AM on 02/24/2016
I'm sure he can weasel out of the contract one way or another. Craig has been exceptional as Bond in my mind, but sadly the franchise hasn't lived up to his performance. Casino Royal and Skyfall are by far the best and the latest wasn't good in my mind.
I'm sure he can weasel out of the contract one way or another. Craig has been exceptional as Bond in my mind, but sadly the franchise hasn't lived up to his performance. Casino Royal and Skyfall are by far the best and the latest wasn't good in my mind.
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10:18AM on 02/24/2016
I think Sony wants to wait for a while until Daniel Craig wants to be Bond again. Maybe let him do some other projects first and then propose about Bond again. Having said that, Mark Strong could have been great Blofeld.
I think Sony wants to wait for a while until Daniel Craig wants to be Bond again. Maybe let him do some other projects first and then propose about Bond again. Having said that, Mark Strong could have been great Blofeld.
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9:18AM on 02/24/2016
If he's contracted for one more film, I'd say chances are that he'll just do that one film and then be done with it. In all of his discussions with media about continuing in the role, he's never said anything definite about not returning. So it's more than reasonable to assume he'll return for this last one as the money he'll spend to get out of the contract is probably greater than the money he's giving up for starring in the movie.
If he's contracted for one more film, I'd say chances are that he'll just do that one film and then be done with it. In all of his discussions with media about continuing in the role, he's never said anything definite about not returning. So it's more than reasonable to assume he'll return for this last one as the money he'll spend to get out of the contract is probably greater than the money he's giving up for starring in the movie.
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10:35AM on 02/24/2016
i think i remember an interview with him saying he would rather slit his wrists than play bond again. that seems pretty definite
i think i remember an interview with him saying he would rather slit his wrists than play bond again. that seems pretty definite
8:29AM on 02/24/2016

HE IS UNDER CONTRACT

He probably doesn't have much of a choice about returning or not...
Maybe can he influence over the cast, director... Think kind of things.
But if MGM, SONY and Cie wants him, they can sue him to star in the next Bond.
It would be a dick move and it would probably hurt the franchise, but they are Studios Executives, they don't really care about this kind of things !
He probably doesn't have much of a choice about returning or not...
Maybe can he influence over the cast, director... Think kind of things.
But if MGM, SONY and Cie wants him, they can sue him to star in the next Bond.
It would be a dick move and it would probably hurt the franchise, but they are Studios Executives, they don't really care about this kind of things !
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4:30AM on 02/25/2016
I believe Spectre was the last film in the Sony/Eon Productions deal? Now Eon is looking for a new distributor.
I believe Spectre was the last film in the Sony/Eon Productions deal? Now Eon is looking for a new distributor.
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