Saturday 20 January 2018

Craig rows back on 'slash my wrists' quip about doing Bond again

Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci attending the World Premiere of Spectre
Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci attending the World Premiere of Spectre

Alice Vincent, New York

Last year Daniel Craig caused a scandal when he said he would rather "break this glass and slash my wrists" than play James Bond again.

Now, after much speculation that the actor will not be reprising his lucrative role as 007, Craig has taken that statement back after explaining that he was just having a bad day.

Speaking at The New Yorker Festival, Craig - who was sporting a new bleach blonde hair do - said of the wrist-slitting revelation: "They say that s*** sticks, and that definitely stuck. It was the day after filming [stopped on 'Spectre']. I'd been away from home for a year."

Craig, who has reportedly cited the impact of Bond's gruelling filming routine on his family life as a reason to stop playing the agent, explained that he was worn out from the physically demanding role. With typically dry wit, he went on to suggest that he didn't have it so bad, really: "Boo-hoo. It's a good gig. I enjoy it."

So could this mean that Craig will return for Bond 25? In recent weeks it's looked increasingly likely that he will, despite having several other projects on the go (the bleach is a result of starring in Steven Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky', he's playing Iago off-Broadway and will star in a leviathan television adaptation of 'Purity' by Jonathan Franzen).

Craig played down Bond talk, saying there had been "no conversations". He doesn't seem keen to give it up, however: "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."

Irish Independent

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