Becoming one of the most well-known characters in the film industry, Daniel Craig shot to the top of the charts with the announcement of his becoming the next James Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale. Bringing the old-era superspy into the modern 21st century was a feat that was both ambitious and arduous. Still, he carried James Bond with such perfection that it resembled the 007 of old, with the uniqueness that only individual superstars can bring to the table. And as for everyone who has played the character, there was an inevitable end to Craig’s tenure in No Time To Die.
And as you might’ve guessed, playing the character of the MI6’s finest also immortalizes the actor’s name among the stars who have played agent 007 before them.
But Daniel Craig, after saying goodbye to his most iconic character in 2021, revealed that he never intended to be defined by James Bond and didn’t plan on it. In an interview, he said that choosing roles is something that he does with his gut instinct.
Daniel Craig Doesn’t Want To Be Defined By James Bond
Being cast as James Bond, Daniel Craig soon eliminated all doubts that surrounded the decision of him being chosen as the next 007. Bringing that cold-war era stoicism with moral complexities, nuances, and emotional outlooks to the modern-day iteration of the British superspy was something that was thought to never be shown on the big screen, yet Craig took the challenge head-on and persevered. And after giving almost 18 years of his life to the character, he bid agent 007 farewells in No Time To Die.
His face became synonymous with that of James Bond, and it became hard for him to distinguish his career from this prestigious role. In an interview with The Los Angles Times, Craig said that it was never his intention to be known only for playing 007, but he also knew that it came with the job description. After receiving the role of Benoit Blanc in Knives Out, Craig said that the role was not something of a post-event thing and that he didn’t have the plan to do it after the 007 films. He said:
“You’re making the mistake that I somehow have a plan, I don’t give it that much thought. This isn’t post-Bond for me. I don’t have a game plan. The things that happen in my life professionally, the decisions I make about them are gut, mainly.
His gut instinct landed him as the main protagonist in the award-winning Knives Out, and now, with the sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery we would have to see whether Craig can keep up with his sly detective counterpart just as he did with Bond.
Daniel Craig Returns In Knives Out 2!
After depicting the humorous but sharp detective Benoit Blanc in 2019’s Knives Out, Daniel Craig returns again to reprise his role in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. After Netflix proposed a multi-million dollar deal to make the next 2 sequels of the 1st installment as Netflix Original Films, Craig was called to investigate yet another baffling case in the upcoming film. With the film series en route to become yet another long journey, we would see how the former James Bond actor would differentiate himself from agent 007.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, available on Netflix from December 2023
Source: Los Angles Times