Daniel Craig was in high spirits at the Spectre world premiere in London. The film is Craig’s fourth outing as the British secret agent and he has not yet confirmed whether he will do a fifth film. Although he said a few weeks ago that he would rather “slash his wrists” than do another Bond film again, rest assured that the fifth film is almost in the bag for him. He also said at the premiere that he was very proud of the film, and loved doing it.
However, the film is expected to top the UK box office and the producers said they were “not going to let him go”. Naomie Harris, who plays Miss Moneypenny in the movie, said: “I want Daniel to always be Bond and I want Sam -Mendes- to always direct as well.”
Speaking at the screening at the Royal Albert Hall, Michael G Wilson said “he’s our man” while Barbara Broccoli said: “We’re going to figure it out. We’re not going to let him go.”
A number of high-profile names have been touted as Craig’s successor should he hang up his holster, including Tom Hardy, Damian Lewis, Idris Elba and Henry Cavill. But don’t get caught up in the hype. I can tell you that he will be shooting at least one more Bond film.
Among the other stars at the screening were Craig’s co-stars including Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes. Prince William, wife Kate and Prince Harry were also at the royal premiere, where they met the stars and film-makers.
Spectre follows the agent as he confronts enemies from his past, including his nemesis Franz Oberhauster, played by double Oscar winner Waltz. For the first time, the new Bond film is opening in cinemas throughout the UK on the same day as the premiere.
Craig said he was “very proud” of the movie and felt the team had “done the best we could”. He also said: “It’s just fantastic to see everybody out tonight. I’m not overwhelmed, I’m very excited and I can’t wait for people to see the movie.”
He said 007 “becomes your life” and he had warm words for director Sam Mendes who was also at the helm for the previous film Skyfall.
Craig said he “loved the man” and wished he could work with him on every movie he does.
Mendes said of Spectre: “I’m very proud and quite nervous, but I’m used to the theatre where things can go wrong.
“With a movie, everyone is going to give the same performance … so that aspect isn’t too nerve-wracking.
“I want people to like it, I want people to like it as much as I do. I’m really proud of it, we sweated blood over it for two years. I’m really thrilled and a bit relieved.”