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The elusive Daniel Craig says that he's been trying to get out of James Bond since he started

Nov. 9, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Daniel Craig has always seemed a bit reserved when doing press and interviews, giving the impression that, well, he just doesn't like doing it.  Even though the Hollywood machine demands that stars and filmmakers promote their films, that doesn't mean you have to love it, I suppose.  However, for a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Craig opened up about a number of things, most notably his seemingly conflicted view of playing Bond.

“I’ve been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it,” Craig said, “but they won’t let me go, and I’ve agreed to do a couple more, but let’s see how this one does, because business is business and if the sh– goes down, I’ve got a contract that somebody will happily wipe their ass with."

Ouch.  Part of me wonders of Craig is just dealing with the post-promotion onslaught of SKYFALL, but the other part wonders if Craig views Bond as more of a unique opportunity, but not necessarily his ideal one.  As for SKYFALL, Craig said, "It's quite good. It's got a lightness of touch and a wink to it, because, after all, this is a James Bond movie, for fuck's sake."

Craig also told the magazine how a group of street urchins described his Bond films as “white-man porn,” which the actor seemed to appreciate. “I completely understand that,” he said. “That’s where I fit into the pecking order. That’s my place. I’m that guy. I’m the guy who does the white-man porn.”

First off, why is Craig getting insight from street urchins?  Regardless, it seems that, like Sean Connery, Craig is suffering from the Bond blues, even though he's signed on to return to the role for two more outings.  Based on his age (44) and the length of time it'll take to knock out two more Bond films, I'm thinking Craig may well be looking for the exit doors once those are complete.  For some actors, the weight of the role and the privacy loss are just too much.

"My insight is that he sacrificed a normal life. And I think there have to be times when he wonders if it was the right thing to do,” said Craig's SKYFALL director Sam Mendes.  However, there's another former Bond who regards the entire experience with great esteem. 

"I wear it [the role of Bond] with pride," said Pierce Brosnan in an interview with Peter Travers. "I had the greatest time of my life being a part of that franchise.  It's a small company of men now, who've played the role." He went on to say, "if you demean it in any way or shame it in any way, then more fool you."

Perhaps that could serve some advice to Craig?SKYFALL is in theaters today.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think about Craig's attitude towards the role? Is it valid to be conflicted with an iconic role like Bond?

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9:48PM on 11/09/2012
Craig spent a lot of his career playing in these really edgy roles in not-so commercial/art house films. And Bond is so many light years away from that experience. Just from the exposure alone, its has to be discomforting shock for an actor like Craig. He seems like someone who isn't quite comfortable with all the trappings that come outside of acting in a Bond film, like the press. Bond's a big deal, its not just the regular old press tour, its a spectacle to match the grandeur of the series,
Craig spent a lot of his career playing in these really edgy roles in not-so commercial/art house films. And Bond is so many light years away from that experience. Just from the exposure alone, its has to be discomforting shock for an actor like Craig. He seems like someone who isn't quite comfortable with all the trappings that come outside of acting in a Bond film, like the press. Bond's a big deal, its not just the regular old press tour, its a spectacle to match the grandeur of the series, and I think that's what gets under Craig's skin. He has no issues with the films so to speak, just all that other fluff that comes after.
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6:01PM on 11/09/2012

I ALWAYS THOUGHT

that Daniel Craig was extremely overhyped as Bond. I think he does a decent job, though as much as I like the guy, he's simply not James Bond to me.
that Daniel Craig was extremely overhyped as Bond. I think he does a decent job, though as much as I like the guy, he's simply not James Bond to me.
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5:57PM on 11/09/2012
I think it's the pressure. James Bond is a BIG role and audiences worldwide have expectations. That's a lot for Craig to carry on his shoulder. Remember when he was announced as the new Bond for Casino Royale? Many backlashes that he wasn't the right Bond but he flew through it with flying color. Then came Quantum of Solace which might not be as good as people expected it to be. And now Skyfall to celebrate 50 years of James Bond. That's a lot of pressure for Craig to carry. I think he's just
I think it's the pressure. James Bond is a BIG role and audiences worldwide have expectations. That's a lot for Craig to carry on his shoulder. Remember when he was announced as the new Bond for Casino Royale? Many backlashes that he wasn't the right Bond but he flew through it with flying color. Then came Quantum of Solace which might not be as good as people expected it to be. And now Skyfall to celebrate 50 years of James Bond. That's a lot of pressure for Craig to carry. I think he's just tired, that's all.
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5:32PM on 11/09/2012

Intention?

This might be one of those things that sounds way worse, or not the way they intended, when you simply read it. I know when someone writes an article about someones "scathing comments" and then I go watch the actual video of them saying it, I realize "...they were pretty much joking." Or at least saying it lighthearted
This might be one of those things that sounds way worse, or not the way they intended, when you simply read it. I know when someone writes an article about someones "scathing comments" and then I go watch the actual video of them saying it, I realize "...they were pretty much joking." Or at least saying it lighthearted
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4:57PM on 11/09/2012
I think Craig has a good point. I'm sure when he was negotiating his contract for CASINO ROYALE, he was excited to play such an iconic and beloved character, but I can easily see playing James Bond becoming exhausting, both physically and mentally. He was in movies before, yes, but CASINO ROYALE made him somewhat of an overnight celebrity and I don't think he was fully prepared for that. Brosnan may enjoy it very much and I thought he was fine as James Bond. However, I think it all amounts to
I think Craig has a good point. I'm sure when he was negotiating his contract for CASINO ROYALE, he was excited to play such an iconic and beloved character, but I can easily see playing James Bond becoming exhausting, both physically and mentally. He was in movies before, yes, but CASINO ROYALE made him somewhat of an overnight celebrity and I don't think he was fully prepared for that. Brosnan may enjoy it very much and I thought he was fine as James Bond. However, I think it all amounts to how you handle the stress of the job. Brosnan was obviously exhilarated by it while Craig became weary much more quickly. Still, I think through all the stress, Craig will one day look back on the films with pride and he'll be happy he did them.
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4:25PM on 11/09/2012
Well said, Pierce. A true Bond at heart.
Well said, Pierce. A true Bond at heart.
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4:00PM on 11/09/2012
would like to see Sean connery or Roger moore back in Bond films,but as M.bad idea?!
would like to see Sean connery or Roger moore back in Bond films,but as M.bad idea?!
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3:41PM on 11/09/2012
Daniel Craig seems like an honest guy who doesn't put on a mask for the press. I respect that. Ask an everyday person if they love their job and you'll get a different answer on Monday morning than you will on Friday afternoon.
Daniel Craig seems like an honest guy who doesn't put on a mask for the press. I respect that. Ask an everyday person if they love their job and you'll get a different answer on Monday morning than you will on Friday afternoon.
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3:30PM on 11/09/2012
It's understandable he'd be tired by now. Playing the same character for three movies seems like something that can be straining, especially if it's someone as iconic as Bond. It's certainly a physically demanding role, but it's probably also a bit of a drain playing that kind of persona over and over again. That being said, I don't see it in his acting. If he does keep going, I don't want to see his desires conflict with his acting. As long as he keeps up the good work, I'm happy either way.
It's understandable he'd be tired by now. Playing the same character for three movies seems like something that can be straining, especially if it's someone as iconic as Bond. It's certainly a physically demanding role, but it's probably also a bit of a drain playing that kind of persona over and over again. That being said, I don't see it in his acting. If he does keep going, I don't want to see his desires conflict with his acting. As long as he keeps up the good work, I'm happy either way. Not sure who would replace Craig, but I am confident there are others that can tackle Bond as well.
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3:11PM on 11/09/2012
WTF ... I thought this guy said he likes playing Bond.
WTF ... I thought this guy said he likes playing Bond.
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3:09PM on 11/09/2012
Anybody else think he was just joking with the comment about getting out since he started? I mean everything I've seen before this I felt like he loves being Bond and he's very involved in the making of the films.
Anybody else think he was just joking with the comment about getting out since he started? I mean everything I've seen before this I felt like he loves being Bond and he's very involved in the making of the films.
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2:36PM on 11/09/2012
i agree KevinT1149 to an extent connerys time is done tho but even at his age pierce brosnan could still give us two kick ass bond movies
i agree KevinT1149 to an extent connerys time is done tho but even at his age pierce brosnan could still give us two kick ass bond movies
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2:33PM on 11/09/2012
i agree KevinT1149 to an extent connerys time is done tho but even at his age pierce brosnan could still give us two kick ass bond movies
i agree KevinT1149 to an extent connerys time is done tho but even at his age pierce brosnan could still give us two kick ass bond movies
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2:31PM on 11/09/2012
i agree KevinT1149 to an extent connerys time is done tho but even at his age pierce brosnan could still give us two kick ass bond movies
i agree KevinT1149 to an extent connerys time is done tho but even at his age pierce brosnan could still give us two kick ass bond movies
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2:25PM on 11/09/2012
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2:06PM on 11/09/2012
i was never a fan of craigs bond and in my eyes only one man has truly pulled off playing bond next to connery and thats pierce brosnan,he just got better and better at playing bond with every film and im sorry but the movies with craig cant hold a candle to connerys films or brosnans,if craig wants out then ill wave goodbye with a smile on my face and you can dislike this if you want but i know im not the only one that feels this way:)
i was never a fan of craigs bond and in my eyes only one man has truly pulled off playing bond next to connery and thats pierce brosnan,he just got better and better at playing bond with every film and im sorry but the movies with craig cant hold a candle to connerys films or brosnans,if craig wants out then ill wave goodbye with a smile on my face and you can dislike this if you want but i know im not the only one that feels this way:)
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1:55PM on 11/09/2012
Well Lets get rid of Craig bring back Brosnan for 2 more movies. People complain about Bond aging and yeah I understand hes suppose to be young but still Brosnan or Connery can come back in the role and ill still see it 50 times in theathres.
Well Lets get rid of Craig bring back Brosnan for 2 more movies. People complain about Bond aging and yeah I understand hes suppose to be young but still Brosnan or Connery can come back in the role and ill still see it 50 times in theathres.
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1:55PM on 11/09/2012
Gimme a break.. im sure his bank account is oh so sad to be doing these movies. Unless things are different Im sure no one twisted his arm to sign on for two more films. He could be just mentally exhausted from doing this one and needs a month or two vacation to revitalize himself. I wont put too much stock into what he said.
Gimme a break.. im sure his bank account is oh so sad to be doing these movies. Unless things are different Im sure no one twisted his arm to sign on for two more films. He could be just mentally exhausted from doing this one and needs a month or two vacation to revitalize himself. I wont put too much stock into what he said.
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10:02AM on 11/12/2012
He might have signed a contract for five films at the time he agreed to do Casino Royale. That would explain why he might feel frustrated about playing Bond in future films, he can't get out of it.
He might have signed a contract for five films at the time he agreed to do Casino Royale. That would explain why he might feel frustrated about playing Bond in future films, he can't get out of it.
1:42PM on 11/09/2012

I'm confused...

I could swear I remember Craig being very upfront with his enthusiasm about being Bond and how he said they'd basically have to kick him out to get rid of him. Didn't he say once that he'd keep doing Bond until they told him to stop?

Not gonna lie though, if Craig is looking for a way out let's get Idris Elba in there ASAP!
I love Craig as Bond but man I'd kill to see Elba in the role!
I could swear I remember Craig being very upfront with his enthusiasm about being Bond and how he said they'd basically have to kick him out to get rid of him. Didn't he say once that he'd keep doing Bond until they told him to stop?

Not gonna lie though, if Craig is looking for a way out let's get Idris Elba in there ASAP!
I love Craig as Bond but man I'd kill to see Elba in the role!
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1:58PM on 11/09/2012
If you've not watch Skyfall, don't read the rest of this post.




I wouldn't be happy about them casting Idris at all, and the reason for that IS because he is black. Now I'm not racist, neither am I against changing the ethnicity of a character or two if an actor is perfect. However Bond is white. In the books he is white and of course he is the cast-all fantasy character for the white male adult. As it stands at the moment Felix Lieter AND Ms Moneypenny have both had their ethnicity
If you've not watch Skyfall, don't read the rest of this post.




I wouldn't be happy about them casting Idris at all, and the reason for that IS because he is black. Now I'm not racist, neither am I against changing the ethnicity of a character or two if an actor is perfect. However Bond is white. In the books he is white and of course he is the cast-all fantasy character for the white male adult. As it stands at the moment Felix Lieter AND Ms Moneypenny have both had their ethnicity changed from white to black in the most recent Bond movies, which I'm not against but at this point leaves only M and Bond as the two characters with their original ethnicity in the films. This is not taking into account that M has been female for the past seven movies.

I for one would be upset for the movies to stray so far from the original character's race, gender and creed that they become unrecognisable simply because of a need to prove a point that we're all equal.

If we were all equal then people wouldn't feel the need to constantly change the ethnicities of characters to worry about target demographics. They would just be whatever they're written to be. If cinema needs more suave black iconic action heroes (and it probably does in all fairness), then someone should definitely invent one.
12:52PM on 11/09/2012

haha..

its obvious on screen.he doesnt seem to enjoy his character,IMHO.i wonder why some people vote for him in Best Bond polls.
its obvious on screen.he doesnt seem to enjoy his character,IMHO.i wonder why some people vote for him in Best Bond polls.
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12:51PM on 11/09/2012
Seems like Sam Mendes is very understanding. Good thing the director's not Michael Bay, or we'd get some open letter about how he can't stand people who make lots of money COMPLAINING about their jobs. Seriously. Doesn't Craig know you're supposed to be a fucking robot when promoting his films, putting on a smiley face, and talking about how he loves, loves, loves every bit of it? I'm being sarcastic of course.
Seems like Sam Mendes is very understanding. Good thing the director's not Michael Bay, or we'd get some open letter about how he can't stand people who make lots of money COMPLAINING about their jobs. Seriously. Doesn't Craig know you're supposed to be a fucking robot when promoting his films, putting on a smiley face, and talking about how he loves, loves, loves every bit of it? I'm being sarcastic of course.
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12:49PM on 11/09/2012

Agreed with HoyleHaw

I can see being excited to be bond at first, but then slowly realizing that you've committed to a character that will severely limit other opportunities in roles. Plus, Craigs best work in my opinion was the "Dragon Tattoo" remake. I could understand wanting to break the mold and find more diverse work.
I can see being excited to be bond at first, but then slowly realizing that you've committed to a character that will severely limit other opportunities in roles. Plus, Craigs best work in my opinion was the "Dragon Tattoo" remake. I could understand wanting to break the mold and find more diverse work.
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12:48PM on 11/09/2012

another link

Here's a link to a video in which he says he'll keep going until they tell him to stop...
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Here's a link to a video in which he says he'll keep going until they tell him to stop...
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12:45PM on 11/09/2012

wait...huh?

But in this interview he says that he'll "keep going until they tell me to stop."

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But in this interview he says that he'll "keep going until they tell me to stop."

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12:36PM on 11/09/2012
Craig is quite good as Bond, but the role has had a way of limiting or type-casting the actor who plays the role. I also think Daniel Craig has had the best luck as far as not letting Bond get in the way of taking on various other roles. I mean Sean Connery went through a tough career transition, and Roger Moore never did quite live down being Bond.
Craig is quite good as Bond, but the role has had a way of limiting or type-casting the actor who plays the role. I also think Daniel Craig has had the best luck as far as not letting Bond get in the way of taking on various other roles. I mean Sean Connery went through a tough career transition, and Roger Moore never did quite live down being Bond.
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