Ever the one to uphold a sarcastic front during interviews, channeling some good old-fashioned British humor, it’s Daniel Craig. Throughout the marketing pizzaz for Spectre – in theaters today – the actor has initiated something of a ping pong match as critics and moviegoers alike attempted to nail down whether Craig would don the tuxedo and Walther PPK one more time as Ian Fleming’s legendary agent. Indeed, as things tend to do on promotional rounds, speculation was fueled on the actor’s future holding the license to kill when Craig claimed he would only reprise his role for the money.
Going one step further, he infamously stated that, and we quote, “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists.” Some choice words from the actor, it would seem. But as Naomie Harris later added, Craig’s knee-jerk reaction was blown out of proportion, and the man himself has now emerged to set the record straight as Spectre readies itself for a debut across North America.
“If you’re 200 yards from the end of a marathon, and someone comes running up to you and says, ‘Are you going to run another marathon?’ there’s two words you use, and not on a morning show,” Craig said. “So that’s really what that was about. And I’ve had massive amounts of fun making this film. Probably more fun on this film than I have on all the others put together.”
Putting any lingering doubt to bed, Craig’s latest, much more rational comments ought to clear things up. The cynic in us would cite that Sony and MGM had a hand in the actor’s altered stance, but the statement above is more of a heartfelt reflection than a corporate press release. It still doesn’t answer the burning question about his immediate future as James Bond, however.
Spectre hits theaters today, November 6. To get the lowdown on Daniel Craig’s latest espionage thriller, you can consult our review.