Beginning with Casino Royale in 2006 and concluding with No Time to Die in 2021, Daniel Craig played James Bond in five 007 films. With one of the best Bond performances, the movies catapulted Craig’s career into a new level of superstardom and established him as a household name. So it is no surprise that the 54-year-old would want to end things with a bang after spending 15 years in the spotlight. However, it turned out that Craig was prepared to depart the franchise after the first movie’s debut.
Craig’s perspective on the movies has long been a topic of discussion. Although he would finally return for a fifth and final film, the actor reportedly declared in 2015 that he would rather slit his wrists than play Bond. Since Casino Royale, Craig has been considering killing off his character, according to veteran Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, who spoke to The Empire Film Podcast.
Since then, Craig has changed his mind and declared, “I wouldn’t change a second of it.” After his contractually required time with the franchise ended, it is evident that the actor has cherished recollections of the character.
In 2021, Daniel Craig Told a Similar Story.
Daniel Craig has a slightly different perspective on the events after Casino Royale than Broccoli, who claims Bond wanted to kill the character. The actor related the identical incident in an interview with Variety after No Time to Die, but there was a crucial difference. Craig claims that he requested permission to kill off Bond in the franchise’s concluding film, and the filmmakers granted it. His time at 007 naturally ended in No Time to Die, with Craig finally getting what he wanted.
Broccoli and the rest of the James Bond crew are currently searching for the next actor to take on the role of the venerable spy. Though Broccoli claims the franchise will take a different turn with the next instalments, the future interpretation might still be some time off. So anticipate a reimagined James Bond when he eventually returns to movies, which shouldn’t happen until 2025 or potentially even later.