Daniel Craig gave brutal advice to the next James Bond
Daniel Craig makes an appearance on The Graham Norton Show today to promote his new movie, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story. The sequel, which just hit theaters, is the 54-year-old’s first film to star in since he stepped down from the iconic role of James Bond. He ended his journey as 007 last year after his fifth film, No Time To Die, hit the big screen. After 15 years of playing the character, he had some sage advice for anyone taking on the role of a British spy.
At the moment, the next James Bond star has yet to be announced, but fans are predicting it will be another British actor in his mid-30s.
Whoever he is, Craig hasn’t been shy about giving advice to his successor. He told The Sun last year: “There are a couple of things I would say. One is don’t be shit.” He then added: “I would say you have to grab it and make it your own.”
Craig certainly did exactly that with his version of the character. When he released the first film in the series, 2006’s Casino Royale, his 007 was shown to be a more brutal version of the character.
Five movies later, Craig reflected that he left the character and the franchise in a “good place” for the next actor to reinvent the hero yet again.
Craig later reassured fans that there were still a lot of different ways to go in the future. He said, “I hope I’ve put it in a good place and I hope the next person can blow it up. It’s an amazing franchise. I still think there are a lot of stories to tell.”
There has been much debate in the public eye about what the next version of James Bond will look like. Since Sean Connery launched the movie universe in 1962, the character has been a straight white male. Some have suggested that the next iteration of the hero should be a black man, or maybe even a woman.
However, Craig was not interested in this idea. While chatting to Radio Times, he said: “There simply should be better roles for women and actors of colour. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be as good a role as James Bond, but for a woman?”
Meanwhile, her co-star, Ben Whishaw, had his own opinions about the character’s future.
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Whishaw, who is gay, was asked by Attitude magazine if he would like to see a gay James Bond in the near future. He said that he would be “extraordinary”.
“God, can you imagine?” she replied. “I mean, it would be something quite extraordinary. Of course I’d like to see that.” He went on to add: “I really think we should be working towards a world where anyone can play anything and it would be really exciting if it didn’t matter what sexuality someone was to take on a role like this. I think that would be real progress. But We’ll see, we’ll see where we are. I’m amazed at how much has changed in the last five or six years, so we’ll see.”
Upcoming James Bond candidate Luke Evans has also spoken extensively about the character’s sexuality going forward.
Evans, who is gay, suggested that if we were cast to play the next iteration of 007, his sexuality wouldn’t matter to the character.
He said: “I don’t know what the current temperature is with the public, whether they care enough to care about what James Bond does in the bedroom. [My sexuality] It hasn’t had any impact on any of the roles I’ve played, my roster is so diverse, so varied in such a brilliant way. I’ve played everything and no one seems to have a problem with it. And Bond has changed, too.”
At the moment, Ladbrokes’ leading contenders in the Next James Bond odds are Henry Cavill and Regé-Jean Page, who are 3/1 to become the new and improved 007. Elsewhere in the odds, James Norton is a strong 9/2, while Tom Hardy trails behind at 5/1.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Everything is at stake at the forefront of the Bond stakes at the moment, with Henry Cavill and Regé-Jean Page 3/1 each set to play 007 next.”
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