‘Maybe I’ll be remembered as the Grumpy Bond’
After 15 years of playing James Bond — longer than any other actor — Daniel Craig will make his final appearance as 007 in the franchise’s latest entry, “No Time to Die.” (Read A.O. Scott’s review). Craig spoke with The Times about his send-off. Some highlights:
Craig never thought he’d land the part: “I was just amongst the mix — someone to dismiss,” he said, adding that, at best, he figured he’d get a one-off villain role: “‘Here you go, have a baddie.’”
You won’t have to wait long to see him again: Craig has already filmed a sequel to the popular 2019 whodunit “Knives Out,” reprising his role as a gentleman sleuth. Next year, he’ll also star in a new Broadway production of “Macbeth,” alongside Ruth Negga as Lady Macbeth.
Who might the next Bond be? He has no idea. “Whoever does it, good luck to them. I hope they have just as great a time as I’ve had,” he said. Frequently mentioned possibilities include Idris Elba, Lashana Lynch and Tom Hardy.
On becoming a meme: There’s a clip of Craig on “Saturday Night Live,” where he introduces the singer The Weeknd with relish, that many people like to post at the end of the week. “They do? It’s amazing. I don’t know what that is, but thank you. That’s lovely. I suppose I’d have to have social media to know what that was all about.” — Sanam Yar, a Morning writer