Spectre will be Daniel Craig’s fourth film as iconic spy James Bond, and the 47-year-old actor is more than ready to hang up 007’s tux and tie.
"It’s a drag," Craig told TimeOut of playing Bond. "The best acting is when you’re not concerned about the surface. And Bond is the opposite of that. You have to be bothered about how you’re looking. It’s a struggle. I know that how Bond wears a suit and walks into a room is important. But as an actor I don’t want to give a f**k about what I look like! So I have to play with both things. In a way that works, as that’s Bond: he looks good and he doesn’t give a f**k what you think he looks like!"
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That’s not to say there won’t be plenty of shirtless moments in the upcoming film for those who swooned over Craig's now-iconic swimsuit scene in 2006's Casino Royale, the actor's debut as the suave spy.
"I’ve been working out for six months," he admitted with a laugh. "Of course I’m getting my kit off!"
Craig, who’s played the legendary MI6 agent for nearly a decade now, says that while it’s "ludicrous" that he was cast in the first place, he can’t imagine doing another Bond film so soon after Spectre.
"Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists," Craig said with somewhat brutal honesty. "No, 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."
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The actor says that he has "no idea" what the future holds for his place in the franchise and he has no strong feelings about who might take up the 007 mantle after he departs.
"Look, I don’t give a f**k," he said. "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."
So, does he have any advice for the next Bond?
"Literally I’d say two things," Craig explained. "Firstly, it’s your decision. Don’t listen to anybody else. Well, do listen to everybody, but you have to make the choice at the end of the day. It’s your bed to lie on. And don’t be s**t! Don’t be s**t. You’ve got to step up. People do not make movies like this any more. This is really rare now. So don’t be s**t."
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As for Spectre, Craig says that the film will be a "stylish, classic" follow-up to 2012’s Skyfall, which was a massive success, becoming not only the highest-grossing Bond film in history, but the highest-grossing film in the U.K.
"There’s more of everything in this film," the actor said of Spectre. "It felt completely the right thing to do. We’ve got the character of Moneypenny back, and Q, and now Ralph Fiennes is playing M, so it was, like: right, let’s get all of them into the story. Things started building from there. Everyone’s been banging on to me about the gadgets. 'Where are the gadgets?' Before it hasn’t felt right, and it’s not like we’ve made this one heavily into gadgets, but we’ve snuck a lot of stuff in. So, yes, it’s got more bells!"
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