Daniel Craig, the current James Bond 007 in the upcoming SPECTRE, has been chatting to Esquire magazine about the character and admits that, even though he has changed somewhat with time, Bond is not a very nice character.
“My Bond is not as sexist and misogynistic as [earlier incarnations]. The world has changed. I am certainly not that person,” Says Craig, “But he is, and so what does that mean? It means you cast great actresses and make the parts as good as you can for the women in the movies.”
Getting more honest as the interview goes on, Craig shoots down all the fanboy dreams of how cool it would be to be 007: “He’s very f**king lonely. There’s a great sadness. He’s [with] these beautiful women but then they leave and it’s… sad.
“And as a man gets older it’s not a good look. It might be a nice fantasy – that’s debatable – but the reality, after a couple of months…”
But if Bond were real, would Craig like to socialise with him? “I don’t know if I’d like to spend too much time with him,” the actor said, “Maybe an evening, but it would have to be early doors. What goes on after hours, I’m not so sure about. But I don’t judge him. It’s not the job of an actor to judge your character.”
OK, Daniel, you don’t like him, but will you be back as Bond after SPECTRE? “I really don’t know. Honestly. I’m not trying to be coy. At the moment I can’t even conceive it. At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see.”
Hmmmmmm… so he doesn’t like Bond and isn’t keen on coming back, huh? What do you think? Is it time for a new James Bond? Sound off in the usual ways.
SPECTRE is due out on November 6th