Sam Mendes’ second crack at Bond, “Spectre” (November 6), also written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, could mark Craig’s fourth and last turn as MI6 agent 007 after “Skyfall,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale.”
As the British star revealed in a new Esquire profile, he may only have one Bond left in him. “I don’t know,” he said. Really? “I really don’t know. Honestly. I’m not trying to be coy. At the moment I can’t even conceive it.”
Has the franchise, which in his term has scored over $2 billion worldwide, dried him out? He added that if asked to play Bond again, he’d say, “At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see.”
The Esquire piece arrived on the heels of remarks by Anthony Horowitz, the writer commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate to pen a new Bond novel, that 007 hopeful Idris Elba is “too street” to play the agent. He has since apologized.
Fleming may have written the role as a white Scottish man, but screw that.