Daniel Craig's James Bond Comments Are Actually Pretty Surprising, In A Good Way

Good news for fans of Craig, Daniel Craig. Despite some comments he made last year about not returning to his role as agent 007, the indefatigable Craig is still open to playing James Bond. At a New Yorker Festival panel on Friday night, the British actor answered questions about his life and career, and, as you can imagine, there was one question in particular that took precedence. Let's just say there was an elephant in the room and that elephant was "Will Daniel Craig ever play James Bond again, or is he done for good?"

Around this time last year, Craig already answered that question during an interview with Time Out London. The answer, however, wasn't exactly what fans wanted to hear. The actor said "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists." Naturally, people took that statement as a hard "No." Especially because he then added, “No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.” It truly sounded like Craig would no longer be Bond. Now, it seems like the actor has changed his tune, as he told the New Yorker crowd that he'd be open to returning.

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It's been a year since that Time Out London interview, so maybe he's had some time to reflect? Maybe he misses the suits? The martinis? According to Vulture, the Time Out London interview happened the day after filming on Spectre ended. Craig remembered, "I'd been away from home for a year," when he gave that response. Turns out, he was just exhausted and probably not in the right head space to discuss the future of Bond. Understandable. Being James Bond sounds like a physically — and in some ways mentally — draining job. However, Craig does seem grateful for the role and tries to keep his privilege to play Bond in check. "Boo-hoo. It's a good gig. I enjoy it," he told the New Yorker audience. Hey. Perhaps he's not the recalcitrant British actor the Time Out London quote would lead us to believe.

But, here's the real heart of the matter. Craig also said, "As far as I'm concerned, I've got the best job in the world. I'll keep doing it as long as I still get a kick out of it." He later added, "if I were to stop doing it, I would miss it terribly."

Though Craig has already completed what most of his Bond predecessors have — that is, four films — his contract stands for five. If he still "gets a kick" out of number five, then it looks like the blue eyed Bond might be back. In the meantime, Craig's keeping busy with some other projects. He's currently shooting Steven Soderbergh's heist movie, Logan Lucky. In addition to that, he's prepping to pay Iago on an off Broadway production of Othello and will star as a German provocateur in Showtime's adaptation of the Jonathan Franzen novel, Purity .

It appears that no-one's in a hurry to get the 25th Bond film out (Craig told the crowd that there have been "no conversations" about the next Bond film as of right now), so there's still plenty of time for the actor to make up his mind about the role. Though, for all intents and purposes, it sounds like he already has.

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