Craig repeats no Bond Trilogy
Back in October I wrote about Daniel Craig saying no to a Quantum of Solace sequel, no to the Bond trilogy, and now he's repeating it again with almost the same wording. He doesn't want the third in the series, and it would seem he is indeed tired of this Bond.
Quantum of Solace (Filmstalker review) set-up both a sequel and a move on from the series, the next Bond film could go either way since they hacked apart the ending so, but Craig only wants one thing, a move towards the old Bond.
Back in October Filmstalker carried the video interview where he, quite forcibly, perhaps rudely, and looking very fed up, put the interviewer right on a few things, a few things that I wasn't sure if he was indeed right on. Here's what he said.
"I don't see a trilogy, everybody else is suggesting a trilogy, I don't actually see a trilogy..."
...and when pressed further...
"No, no, I genuinely think that's stories finished now"
Marc Foster doesn't see that though, he was still talking about a sequel, if he got the chance that is. Personally I hope he doesn't because his Bond film was terrible to watch.
However Daniel Craig is still talking about it, and it's pretty clear that he wants the old Bond back.
"No [expletive removed - Richard] way. I'm done with that story. I want to lie on a beach for the first half an hour of the next movie drinking a cocktail."
Those are almost identical to the words he used in that past interview. He goes onto say what he does want for the series:
"We've finished this story as far as I'm concerned. We've got a great set of bad guys. There is an organization that we can use whenever we want to. The relationship between Bond and M is secure and Felix is secure. Let's try and find where Moneypenny came from and where Q comes from. Let's do all that and have some fun with it."
So he wants the old Bond back, he's tired of this new look Bond already and would like to move further towards the classic characters.
For me I think that's a mistake. I do think we've lost what Bond was in this latest outing, in fact we've lost a story in it as well, but I don't think that Casino Royale (Filmstalker review) was the wrong direction for Bond.
I can see that there is room to reintroduce the original characters, but the franchise needs to keep going in the direction that Casino Royale pointed it in, not in the direction of the Bourne films and excluding the idea of plot and characters.
Quantum of Solace (Filmstalker review) was as far removed from Bond as you can get, and we need to step back to where Casino Royale left us. The trilogy isn't dead though, and far from abandoning it because the actor being paid to take the lead is grumpy, it should be seen through to completion.