Bond 25 is fast approaching. 25 movies covering more than half a century of film making is one hell of an achievement. With No Time To Die all but confirmed as Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007 it is inevitable that he is frequently asked for his feelings on the role.
One moment that many interviewers return to again and again is the now infamous slashing wrists comment.
Probably one of the most misquoted, or lacking in context, quotes in recent entertainment history. When asked when he would be donning the dinner jacket again a few days after completing filming of Spectre what he actually said was along these lines.
He said that if they asked him right now, just after a six month shoot and with a serious injury, he would probably say he would rather slash his wrists than start again as Bond and that he would only do it for the money, but ask him again in a while when he’s had a chance to recover and he’d be ready.
Cue the tabloids:
“Craig says he would rather slash wrists than ever play 007 again.”
”Bond only in it for the money!”
Well believe it or not Spectre was five years ago. A big gap for a movie franchise that once used to release a movie every 18 months for early Connery. Daniel Craig is back and he’s asked why in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“I finished that movie [Spectre] with a broken leg. I had to question myself: Was I physically capable of doing [another one], or did I want to do another one? Because that phone call to your wife saying ‘I’ve broken my leg’ is not pleasant.”
Producer Barbara Broccoli convinced him there was more story to tell for the character:
“I said to him, ‘I don’t think you have [done it all with Bond], I think there’s still more of the story of your Bond to tell.’ Fortunately, he came around to agree with that.”
The article contained details on the plot, including Brocolli explaining how the ending of Spectre, with Bond quitting the Service and leaving with Madeline Swann, will segue into this new movie.
“He decided to go off with her and try to have a normal life. Which, of course, we completely blow a hole through at the beginning of this one. He starts off on a romantic journey with Madeleine and then believes that he’s been betrayed by her.”
It outlines that Bond’s old CIA friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) reaches out to him, asking for his help off the books in retirement, to find a kidnapped scientist (David Dencik). This takes Bond to Cuba where he picks up the trail of Remi Malek’s mysterious scarred man.
Christoph Waltz’s S.P.E.C.T.R.E. chief Ernst Stavro Blofeld is under lock and key in the notorious Belmarsh Prison. The article hints that he has not been quite as isolated as the British hoped.
The article includes a number of pictures.
Cary Fukunaga helms the new film which also stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes.
It hits cinemas on April 10th.