‘No Time to Die’ It feels like discussions of who will be the next James Bond have been going on forever, but officially, they were all a bit premature. Daniel Craig, who currently holds the iconic role, had never previously confirmed that his time playing 007 were coming to an end. But that’s changed, as the star says that next year’s No Time to Die will officially be his final outing as Bond. When asked by German publication Express whether he was done with there part, Craig confirmed that he was, and said that “someone else needs to have a go.”
“It’s been, as they always are, incredibly hard work, but it’s a massive collaboration,” said the actor. “One of the most moving things for me about finishing the film is that I have been working with some of the people for 30 years.”
Earlier this fall, footage emerged of Craig giving an emotional farewell to his colleagues at a wrap party for No Time to Die’s Italian production. “This has been one of the best, most wonderful experiences I have ever had,” he said. “You’ve all done the most amazing job. I could not be more proud to work with every single one of you on this production.”
Craig’s announcement comes a just a month after he officially became the longest serving 007 ever, holding the role for 14 years and surpassing the former titleholder, Roger Moore. (Technically, Sean Connery is the longest serving Bond, as 1983’s Never Say Never Again came out more than two decades after the release of Dr. No. But as Never Say Never Again is not an official Bond movie, some 007 numbers crunchers don’t count it towards Connery’s total.) Craig lags behind both his predecessors when it comes to the total number of franchise films, as Moore starred in seven 007 movies and Connery appeared in six official movies.
James Bond may have no time to die, but Daniel Craig is heading off into the sunset.
Craig has confirmed to USA Today that the upcoming No Time to Die will be his final film as 007. His exact quote to the paper:
I’ve had a really good run, and I think doing this movie was the right thing to do. It was the right thing to do one more.
No Time to Die is the 25th official James Bond movie; Craig as starred as Bond in the last five, starting with 2006’s Casino Royale. When he first took on the role, it was as a young, inexperienced Bond; the film was essentially an origin story. But that was 14 years ago and now he’s held the role longer than literally anyone — Roger Moore comes closest with seven films over 12 years. And after Craig’s previous Bond movie, Spectre, he publicly declared that he would rather “break this glass and slash my wrists” than play the character again.
After that comment, you could safely assume that No Time to Die would be Craig’s last Bond. Then again, after that comment you could have safely assumed Craig wouldn’t have even made one more 007 movie, and clearly something changed his mind. In this case, though, I think it’s really over. Of course, as Sean Connery might say, never say never again.
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