Last night in New York, Daniel Craig gave a long interview on stage at the New Yorker Festival and he dismissed a lot of the rumours swirling around about whether or not he'll return for a fifth Bond movie following 2015's 'Spectre'.
The 48-year-old actor told the audience: 'I love this job. I get a massive kick out of it. And, if I can keep getting a kick out of it, I will.'
Craig also rubbished the rumours that he had recently been offered $150 million to do two more films. 'There's no conversation going on, everybody's just a bit tired,' he said.
'I'm doing "Othello", he added, referring to the upcoming stage production in New York in which he'll star as Iago opposite 'Selma' actor David Oyelowo. 'Barbara Broccoli [one of the Bond producers] is producing that.'
Craig sounded upbeat about the idea of doing another Bond movie. 'I got the best job in the world doing Bond. The things I get to do on a Bond movie and the type of work it is, there's no other job like it. If I were to stop doing it – just say – I'd miss it terribly. It's one of the most thrilling things as an actor you can do.'
Craig also directly addressed some of the negative comments he made about the role before the release of 'Spectre' – including his comments to Time Out in July 2015 that he'd 'rather slash his wrists' than consider doing another Bond movie at that point.
'When asked 20 feet from the end of a marathon: will you do another marathon? The answer is simple: no, I won't.'
Generally, last night Craig sounded keen to row back from some of the more mouthy comments he'd made about the Bond franchise and Hollywood in general. He also commented: 'Maybe I disparagingly said that the movie industry is getting a little too based on focus groups. But a Bond movie doesn't work like that. You literally get it out by the skin of your teeth. You finish shooting it, and less than six months later it's out. There's no time for focus groups.'
There's no word yet on when a follow-up to 2015's 'Spectre' will be announced. But Craig remains the producers' first choice to play Bond. One of the series's executive producers, Callum McDougall, confirmed as much to the BBC last month: 'We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely [Bond producers] Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli's first choice. I know they're hoping for him to come back.'
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