At the very least, Daniel Craig’s recent comments weren’t Bond-level suave.
The 47-year-old actor recently spoke to TimeOut and said he would rather “slash [his] wrists” than play James Bond again. "I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists," he told the magazine. "Not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on."
The comment proved controversial, but now his Spectre co-star, Naomie Harris, is coming to his defense, claiming it was “a sarcastic remark.” “It’s been blown completely out of proportion,” she told The Evening Standard.
One of the reasons Craig said playing 007 was such a “struggle” is that he had to focus as much on how Bond looks as how Bond acts, which Harris, who plays Eve Moneypenny, backs up. “Daniel worked 128 days on this movie and he works incredibly hard,” she said.
“He injured himself on the movie and came straight back after the operation and worked despite being in pain. He continued to do his stunts, despite his pain,” the actress added. “I’ve seen him work 15-hour days and then come back and train for two hours.”
While Harris says she doesn’t “believe it for a second” that Craig won’t reprise his role as the world’s most famous spy -- “I really believe he is the ultimate one, and I’m excited to work with him on the next Bond as he is the best.” -- Craig tells a different story.
"Look, I don’t give a f**k," he replied when asked about who should inherit the role. "Good luck to them! All I care about is that if I stop doing these things, we’ve left it in a good place and people pick it up and make it better. Make it better, that’s all."
Now, find out why Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo said Craig “needs a reality check”: