While discussing the upcoming Spectre, his fourth flick as 007, Craig professed ambivalence about putting on the tuxedo and picking up the Walther PPK again, telling Esquire UK: “I don’t know. I really don’t know. Honestly. I’m not trying to be coy. At the moment I can’t even conceive it.”
Asked if he would like to star in another James Bond flick, he said:
“At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see. Bond is very fucking lonely. There’s a great sadness. He’s fucking 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.”
Craig told the magazine he believes he has put his stamp on the iconic character:
“Hopefully, my Bond is not as sexist and misogynistic as [earlier incarnations] The world has changed. I am certainly not that person. 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.”
Craig admitted that he and returning director Sam Mendes felt a lot of pressure to follow up Skyfall, which seemed like an impossible task:
“[Skyfall was] the biggest British movie of all time.’ What does it f*cking mean? Where do we go from there? How do you process that? It could have been an albatross around everyone’s necks. It turned out not to be, but there was a massive amount of pressure at the beginning. I felt like [Mendes and I] got into a real groove with it. I felt like we’d started something on that movie and I was so keen to finish it. We did have the conversation: [Spectre has] got to be bigger and better… The stunts, the action, every department. I feel like we’ve all done our absolute fucking best, and that’s a good feeling. Whether that makes a better movie, we’ll see.”
Spectre opens Nov. 6.