English born actor Daniel Craig, 47, has recently raised a few eyebrows by heavily criticizing the James Bond movie franchise in which he has portrayed the iconic character in four of the recent Bond installments.
In a recent interview, Craig told a reporter he’d “rather slash my wrists” than reprise the role. He answered the question of who would play 007 next, by saying: “I don’t give a f—.”
Later in the interview, he said: “If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.” Craig’s frustrations with the character have been noted by the media for many years; Craig was determined in earlier years to bring more “emotional depth” to the character, and explore the darker, convoluted aspects of portraying an assassin.
Craig began his career in the theatre, after training at the National Youth Theatre and graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Craig’s criticism of the film seemed to stem from his frustration over the one-dimensional aspect of his character’s persona. Perhaps he had been expecting to challenge it.
There are many notable cases of actors and actresses condemning their own projects to the media, and they have suffered backlash as a result. Katherine Heigl is an actress, who is reportedly difficult to work with, who experienced being ‘blackballed’ by producers after repeatedly critiquing the projects she had been involved in. Heigl called the film Knocked Up “somewhat sexist,” as it portrayed her female character as ‘uptight’, and the male as a fun-loving goofball.
She also dismissed the notion of winning an Emmy Award for the series Grey’s Anatomy because of its, as she describes it, poor writing. Heigl’s statements questioned the quality and political correctness of her projects, whereas Craig’s hyperbolic suicidal commentary is brash, and his petulant attitude regarding his future involvement with the Bond movies feels unnecessary.
It will be interesting to see if Craig faces any repercussions over his interview, or if there will be a change in Craig’s status among movie producers. Fans of the James Bond series originally threatened to boycott the film upon learning that Craig had been chosen as the newest 007. The release of the first film, Casino Royale proved to be the most successful Bond film in history, grossing a total of $594,239,066 in the United States, and Craig’s performance was well received.