Daniel Craig says he's done playing James Bond after No Time To Die
It feels like discussions of who will be the next James Bond have been going on forever, but officially, they were all a bit premature. Daniel Craig, who currently holds the iconic role, had never previously confirmed that his time playing 007 were coming to an end. But that’s changed, as the star says that next year’s No Time to Die will officially be his final outing as Bond. When asked by German publication Express whether he was done with there part, Craig confirmed that he was, and said that "someone else needs to have a go."
"It’s been, as they always are, incredibly hard work, but it’s a massive collaboration," said the actor. "One of the most moving things for me about finishing the film is that I have been working with some of the people for 30 years."
Earlier this fall, footage emerged of Craig giving an emotional farewell to his colleagues at a wrap party for No Time to Die’s Italian production. “This has been one of the best, most wonderful experiences I have ever had,” he said. “You've all done the most amazing job. I could not be more proud to work with every single one of you on this production.”
Craig’s announcement comes a just a month after he officially became the longest serving 007 ever, holding the role for 14 years and surpassing the former titleholder, Roger Moore. (Technically, Sean Connery is the longest serving Bond, as 1983’s Never Say Never Again came out more than two decades after the release of Dr. No. But as Never Say Never Again is not an official Bond movie, some 007 numbers crunchers don’t count it towards Connery’s total.) Craig lags behind both his predecessors when it comes to the total number of franchise films, as Moore starred in seven 007 movies and Connery appeared in six official movies.
Craig will be joined in No Time to Die by series veterans including Jeffrey Wright, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz, and they’ll be joined by Lashana Lynch, playing an agent who inherits Bond’s codename, and Rami Malek as a mysterious new villain. The film, which is directed by Beasts of No Nation’s Cary Fukunaga, is set to be released next April.
And now that Craig is officially out of the running to play Bond again, speculation over who will be the next performer to fill the role is bound to heat up. Idris Elba, long rumored to be a potential contender, seemed to pretty definitively take himself out of the running this spring. But that leaves plenty of performers still fueling the Bond rumor mill, including stars like Aidan Turner, James Norton, and Richard Madden.