The James Bond of the modern age, Daniel Craig, has some choice words for the next actor stepping up to the pedestal.
“Don’t be s***,” he told fellow actor Kevin Hart on SiriusXM’s Straight From the Hart. He went on to say, “I would say you’ve got to grab it and make it your own. I think that’s the way to go forward. I mean, I just committed myself to it as much as I possibly could and tried to sort of elevate it as much as I could. I hope I’ve left it in a good place and I hope the next person can just make it fly.”
The 53-year-old star has played the Bond role for 15 years and has called the franchise “amazing.”
“The great thing about the Bond movies over the years — they’ve always changed with the times. They’ve always reflected the politics, somewhat, and then reflected styles and fashion and music,” he said.
Speculation has been swirling around the tabloids about who could possibly replace Craig, who just recently capped off the career-making franchise with his last, and extremely successful, Bond film, No Time to Die.
On who he thinks should take up the Bond challenge, Craig simply said it was not his problem. “I’ve got enough on my plate without having to figure that one out,” he shared. “That’s a brain ache. I don’t need that. Whoever it is, you know what, they’ll find someone brilliant and it’ll be great. And I’ll be front and center. I’ll be at the front seat of a cinema with my popcorn and a drink because I can’t wait.”
Craig has previously stated his thoughts on the “next Bond” back in September, when he told Radio Times that women and people of color deserved their own roles. “There should simply be better parts for women and actors of color. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”
Art Daniella Sison