Craig: I've embraced Bond role
Published 20/12/2011 | 13:02
Daniel Craig has confessed he had to think long and hard about how playing James Bond would affect his personal life before he signed up to the franchise.
The notoriously private star was first announced as the surprise successor to Pierce Brosnan's 007 in 2005, and reprises his role in the upcoming Skyfall.
He said of deciding to take on the iconic part: "When it came down to it, I decided to embrace the whole thing. There's no point doing a Bond movie and hiding away for six months.
"Although I've tried to keep my family and friends far away from it. Their privacy is crucially important."
Daniel, who married actress Rachel Weisz this summer in secret, added: "It's not about being afraid to be public with your emotions, or about who you are and what you stand for. But if you sell it, you can't buy your privacy back."
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star revealed playing Bond also took its toll on his exercise regime.
"I'm obsessive about getting fit. It's ridiculous, I'm over 40 now," he said.