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Why Daniel Craig Did His Final Bond Movie No Time to Die After Saying He Was Finished
By all accounts, No Time To Die looks like it’s going to pull out all the stops for Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond: The incredible first trailer is stuffed with hints at a wild storyline for 007—including the potential appearance of Dr. No.
But, if you’ll remember, we almost didn’t get No Time To Die. Back in 2015, Craig (in a statement he’d later denounce) told Time Out magazine that he’d rather, um, “slash his wrists” than make another James Bond film, and “I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on… If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”
Well, wouldn’t you know it, Big Green prevailed. We learned over the summer that No Time To Die was officially a go—starring Craig and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. And now that we’re only a few months away from No Time To Die’s April release date, we’re finally learning a little more about how the 25th Bond film came to be.
Empire recently talked to some of the main players behind the movie, including Craig—who hints that he wasn’t totally satisfied with 2015’s Spectre.
“If that had been it, the world would have carried on as normal, and I would have been absolutely fine,” he said. “But somehow it felt like we needed to finish something off. If I’d left it at Spectre, something at the back of my head would have been going, ‘I wish I’d done one more.’”
Craig added that he “always had a kind of secret idea about the whole lot in my head, and where I wanted to take it. And Spectre wasn’t that… But this feels like it is.”
His comments seem to hint that whatever Fukunaga’s direction for 007 matches with his own ideas about how Bond’s journey should end. We’ll see when No Time To Die hits theaters on April 8, 2020.