Daniel Craig has apparently left the building.
According to the latest reports from well-placed tabloid spies, Craig has quit 007 for good – turning down a £68 million deal to play James Bond in two more movies.
Craig hit the headlines during the promotional rounds for Spectre last year when he said he’s rather “slash his wrists” than play Bond again. He first portrayed the slick Brit spy in 2006’s Casino Royale and notched up more appearances in Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
“Daniel is done – pure and simple – he told top brass at MGM after Spectre. They threw huge amounts of money at him, but it just wasn’t what he wanted,” a source told the Daily Mail.
“He had told people after shooting that this would be his final outing, but the film company still felt he could come around after Spectre if he was offered a money deal.”
Now, Marvel star Tom Hiddleston is apparently waiting in the wings to pick up the Walther PPK and a licence to kill. Hopefully, he has more fun playing the iconic screen hero than his predecessor did. Here are 10 quotes that prove Craig absolutely hated playing Bond…
On the workload
“There was a conversation at one point that went: ‘Let’s film two movies back to back.’ I just went: ‘You’re out of your fucking minds.’ In the nicest possible way. They’re just too big.”
On suave spy cool
“I’m not very cool. I’m not the coolest human being. I wish I was, but I’m not. And I don’t pretend to be cool. But playing James Bond, you have to be cool, and what the hell is cool? You could write a dissertation on it!”
On getting cast as Bond
“My first thought was I need a drink.”
On 007’s state of mind
“He’s very f***ing lonely. There’s a great sadness. He’s f***ing these beautiful women but then they leave and it’s… sad.”
On what he’s really like
“I know I play a tough guy, but that’s genuinely, genuinely not me.”
On having to write Quantum Of Solace
“We were f**ked. We had the bare bones of a script and then there was a writers’ strike and there was nothing we could do. We couldn’t employ a writer to finish it. I say to myself, ‘Never again’, but who knows? There was me trying to rewrite scenes – and a writer I am not.'”
“If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”
“Let’s not forget that he’s actually a misogynist. A lot of women are drawn to him chiefly because he embodies a certain kind of danger and never sticks around for too long.”
On playing 007 one more time
“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists.”
On advice to his successor
“Look, I don’t give a f**k. Good luck to them! All I care about is that if I stop doing these things we’ve left it in a good place and people pick it up and make it better. Make it better, that’s all.”