When “Spectre” finished filming and shortly before its release in late 2015, Daniel Craig made headlines for an interview in which he said he’d rather “break this glass and slash my wrists” than return to the role of James Bond again.
He then added: “If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.” Of course, Craig was coming off an arduous and intense half-year shoot and a severe injury while filming had only recently wrapped. Cut to nearly five years later and we’re on the precipice of the release of another Bond film with Craig back in the role.
So, it is understandable that the first and most obvious question he would be asked is – why did he come back to star in the upcoming “No Time To Die”? Time has healed his wounds, including the arthroscopic surgery he underwent on his knee after “Spectre”. He tells EW:
“I finished that movie [Spectre] with a broken leg. I had to question myself: Was I physically capable of doing [another one], or did I want to do another one? Because that phone call to your wife saying ‘I’ve broken my leg’ is not pleasant.”
Producer Barbara Broccoli convinced him there was more story to tell for the character: “I said to him, ‘I don’t think you have [done it all with Bond], I think there’s still more of the story of your Bond to tell.’ Fortunately, he came around to agree with that.”
The story includes more details on the plot with Broccoli explaining how the ending of “Spectre,” with Bond and Lea Seydoux’s French psychologist Madeleine Swann driving off for a happy life together, goes off the rails early:
“He decided to go off with her and try to have a normal life. Which, of course, we completely blow a hole through at the beginning of this one. He starts off on a romantic journey with Madeleine and then believes that he’s been betrayed by her.”
It’s then that Bond’s old CIA friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) asks him for help to rescue a kidnapped scientist (David Dencik). This takes Bond to Cuba where he follows the trail of Rami Malek‘s mysterious scarred villain Safin.
Meanwhile Christoph Waltz’s SPECTRE chief Ernst Stavro Blofeld has been languishing in Belmarsh Prison and has been communicating to SPECTRE agents from within the prison confirms Broccoli.
Cary Fukunaga helms the new film which also stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, and Ralph Fiennes. It hits cinemas on April 10th and check out a bunch of new photos from it below: