So, if you believe lame British tabloid rumors, the new James Bond has already been decided. That would be Damien Lewis, the former star of “Homeland,” who is about to appear in Showtime’s “Billions” from writer/directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien. You’ll probably also see him co-starring in Werner Herzog’s “Queen Of The Desert” sometime in 2016. But maybe everyone should hold their horses for one quick second before predicting the new Bond, or declaring potential actors “too street” to play the role. Because in a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Daniel Craig says he’s signed on for one more Bond movie and suggests he has no plans to go anywhere at the moment.
“I work myself to death,” the actor admitted about the physical training prep for the role. “It’s getting harder. But such is life. I’ll keep going as long as I’m physically able. I’m contracted for one more – but I’m not going to make predictions.”
Asked more pointedly by EW how much longer he can play the role of the debonair spy, the actor had a similar response. “I can’t give you an honest answer at this point,” he told the magazine. “It’s not that I’m trying to play hard to get. I’ve just given it no thought whatsoever. This movie has taken up two years of my life. And I just need a break. I need to get back to normal life. I need to reintroduce myself to my family who are not best pleased with me. The idea of planning ahead — I’m not trying to be coy. People want an answer and I don’t have one.”
OK, so slightly contradictory answers. The first one suggests, sure, I’ll keep going until I can’t any longer, and the last one is, sure, but I could use a break. We’ll see. But if the actor has one more film left on his contract — didn’t everyone think this was it?— you’re going to see him in the role probably up until 2017 or 2018, depending on when the next film arrives. Meanwhile, the 150-minute “Spectre” opens on November 6th. You can check out the latest video blog from the film below.