Almost six years ago, Daniel Craig starred in his fourth James Bond movie Spectre. During press interviews around the film’s release, the 007 star was asked if he’d like to make a fifth outing. At the time he said how he’d rather break some glass and slash his wrists as all he wanted to do was move on.
Of course, Craig later clarified the comments, saying that he’d just finished on Spectre, a tough shoot in which he broke his leg and worked the movie’s scenes around his injury rather than shut down production.
The Bond star later compared being asked if he wanted to make another 007 movie right after completing filming to asking a marathon runner if they wanted to run another marathon right near the finish line.
Speaking in new 007 documentary Being James Bond: The Daniel Craig Story, the 53-year-old said: “I don’t want to go on about how hard Spectre was, but it was tough and I needed a break. I needed to kind of switch off, to get away.
“And I genuinely felt psychologically at the end of that film, ‘Maybe I’m just too old.’”
Craig continued: “And the problem is, the way we started these films…was throwing myself at it like a bull in a china shop.
“So to sort of not do that seemed to me to be, ‘What’s the point?’ It just felt completely wrong. I mean genuinely I convinced myself, ‘That was it.’”
Of course, just a few years later Craig agreed to return as 007 for what became No Time To Die, admitting that producer Barbara Broccoli “drives a hard bargain”.
The 53-year-old added: “So I don’t think I was ever going to get away with leaving after Spectre.”
Craig added: “And I can be as brazen and blasé about it as I like. It’s still tough to do. It’s still tough to walk away from. And it’s not about money and fame, ‘cause I’ve got it.
“I mean I’m incredibly lucky and incredibly fortunate to have been able to do this. It’s given me more things in my life than I could ever wish for. And it’s not about any of those things, it’s about a psychological connection to something that’s taken up 15 years of my life.
“To walk away from something like that is very, very tricky, but I think it’s okay now. I do. And that’s because we did this movie really. I just think that ‘It’s alright now.’”
No Time To Die hits UK cinemas on September 30 and Being James Bond is available to rent for free on Apple TV until October 7.