Daniel Craig: “The flaws in Bond’s character are the most interesting things to play”
Spectre is out on DVD this week – but will it be Daniel Craig’s last movie as Bond? The heart-throb will reportedly be joining the cast of Purity, throwing his future as 007 into doubt.
The 47-year-old will star in the US TV series, which will run for several seasons, each lasting 20 episodes. Before the release of Spectre, the actor allegedly declared he would rather “slash his wrists” than play the spy again.
Now numerous actors are tipped to play the iconic role once he steps aside, including Tom Hardy, Damian Lewis, Henry Cavill and Idris Elba.
But Daniel has stayed tight-lipped on the speculation – with his people saying a decision on whether he will return as Bond has not yet been reached.
Ahead of the DVD release of Spectre, he has looked more fondly on the role. Here he talks about his time filming the blockbuster, which made a whopping £600million at the box office…
Tell us about continuing the 007 story?
We reintroduced a very old character into this movie [Bond’s most feared nemesis Blofeld] and that seems a very appropriate thing to do but there’s no end here, there’s never an end to Bond.
Tell us about the appeal of your character, Bond?
The flaws in his character are the most interesting things to play and not being afraid to show weakness or at least be vulnerable at some point during the movie, otherwise it becomes a two dimensional character and I want to hold the audience’s attention from beginning to end.
Tell us about the cast and what their characters are like?
We’ve got some amazing actors in this film and they do wonderful things. For me, the most entertaining thing about watching the film is Bond’s interaction with the other characters. I hope the audience is rooting for everybody on the screen.
Tell us about the production team on this film?
We have stupendous crew members, people like Chris Corbould and Gary Powell who spend their days figuring out how genius and exciting we can make these scenes. I sort of just turn up and say, “Where do you want me? How do you want me? How can I make this look good?” that for me is one of the biggest joys I get out of doing these films. I get to be it and do it and hang off buildings, it gets the heart going.
Tell us your thoughts on the opening sequence?
I know what went into making that scene; I was obviously involved with quite a lot of it. The first time I saw it I was massively proud and I was proud for everybody involved. I felt that if you’re going to start a Bond movie, that’s it. The rest of the movie I love as well, don’t get me wrong, but it was a great way to kick off a Bond movie.
Spectre is available on Digital HD from 19 February and on Blu-ray and DVD from 22 February, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.