As Spectre closes in on its premiere, thoughts are naturally turning to the next Bond outing. At the center of those thoughts, actor Daniel Craig. People want to know if he's in or out for the 25th official 007 film and with each week, his answer strengthens or switches.
Back in September, he was non-committal with Esquire, saying "At this moment, no. I have a life and I've got to get on with it a bit. But we'll see." Then, last week, The Daily Mail reported that he was under contract for one more film and that he'd be willing to continue "as long as I'm physically able."
Today, he tells Time Out,"I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on." It is possible he was having a laugh while saying it or thinking about the physically demanding shoot. It is also possible that his mood has changed yet again.
Asked if he's really ready to move on, he said, "I haven't given it any thought. For at least a year or two, I just don't want to think about it. I don't know what the next step is." He pointed out there was a plan afoot to shoot Spectre and Bond 25 at the same time, a plan he responded to by saying "'You're out of your f*cking minds.' In the nicest possible way."
"At the moment, we've done it. I'm not in discussion with anybody about anything," he continued. "If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money." Which leaves one wondering about the two-film extension of his contract after Skyfall. Perhaps there is an out clause. Both Sean Connery and George Lazenby walked away before their contracts expired and Timothy Dalton was expected to do a third film before legal disputes put Bond on hold for six years.
Part of the Bond publicity machine is the often wild speculation about the next Bond, so it remains to be seen if Craig is ratcheting up the the tension or actually ready to resign. He does offer some words for the next person to suit up as 007: "People do not make movies like this any more. This is really rare now. So don't be sh*t."