The actor said that no one should be ruled out from playing the next British spy. The upcoming Bond film will be the last time Craig will play the role.
The James Bond franchise is one of the most popular of them all. The franchise has been around for decades and several actors have played the role of the iconic British spy. Actor Daniel Craig is the current Bond but the 51-year-old announced last year that this would be his last film as the iconic James Bond. He believes that it is time for him to hang up his boots and move on to something new. Daniel Craig is undoubtedly one of the best actors to take upon the role and filing up his boots is going to be one hell of a task for whoever comes next. In an interview with ET, Daniel Craig weighed down who he feels the next Bond should be. There have been talks about having a woman or a black actor play the next Secret Service Agent. The debate regarding this has been going on for months now. According to Daniel Craig, it doesn't matter who plays the next Bond as long as they manage to find the right person for the role.
The actor is returning as Agent 007 for the fifth time. "This is going to be my last Bond I think," he tells ET's Kevin Frazier. "I think I've done enough, people are going to get sick of the sight of me. Someone else should have a go." Once he is done with the role, he just wants the franchise to select the "right person for the job." It doesn't matter whether it happens to be a black actor or a woman as long as they can pull it off well. Majority of the fans have supported the decision to cast someone other than a white male actor as the next British Secret Service Agent and Craig sees nothing wrong in that.
"I think that's what it should be," he says. "I think that everybody should be considered. For women and for African Americans, there should be great parts anyway, across the board. It shouldn't have to be Bond that takes ... it doesn't need to be Bond. It just needs to be written -- some good parts." The cast for the next Bond film was revealed last Thursday. It was announced that Oscar-winner Rami Malek will be playing the villain in the next film.
It's official. Rami Malek is the villain in the next James Bond movie. He doesn't have a name yet, but he's a "mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.— WIRED (@WIRED) April 26, 2019
So, can we all agree to name his character Mr. Robot and call it a day? https://t.co/v9xGimUGss
The movie will also star Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, David Dencik and Lashana Lynch. Bond 25 will be directed by True Detective season one director Cary Fukunaga. It was previously announced that Léa Seydoux would reprise her role as Dr. Madeleine Swann, as would Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny. Jeffrey Wright is also returning as CIA operative Felix Leiter and Rory Kinnear will be back as Bond’s stalwart ally, Tanner.
The movie will follow Agent 007 as he comes out of retirement to help out an old friend. "Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica," reads a press release. "His peace is short-lived when his old friend, Felix Leiter, from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology." Filming is said to have begun in Jamaica on Sunday. The movie is said to hit the theatres on April 8, 2020.
Last December, Amber Heard expressed her interest in playing the next Bond girl in an interview with ET during the Aquaman premiere. It was as though she subtly tried to put her name on the list. "I'd do a great Bond!” she responded emphatically when asked if she had any interest in playing the part. "Hell yeah… I think I could. It's about time." Meanwhile, in January, Idris Elba shut down rumors of him playing the next Bond. "I appreciate it," Elba said of the reports. "It’s a compliment, but I don’t think there’s any… it's not going to happen. Just putting it out there. It's not going to happen."
Changing the sex or the race of the character will be very interesting to watch, no doubt. It will change the way the character is generally portrayed and would definitely give the character a lot more depth and a hell of a backstory. The producers seem to be keeping up with the times as they are still encouraging the idea of changing the character. However, there are many former James Bond cast members and other celebrities who do not support this idea. They believe the character was written in this particular way for a reason and that changing the sex or the race of the character would mean changing the entire character itself. It would not be James Bond anymore. Sticking to the original is the only option there is.