Bond is Back! Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in his latest 007 film, Spectre. This new tale serves as the culmination of Craig's previous three James Bond films. The villains and plot twists of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall have all led Bond to Spectre, Bond's ultimate adversary.
The film, which opens theaters November 6th, stars Christoph Waltz, as the supervillain in charge of Spectre, opposite Daniel Craig. The film delights as it pays homage to iconic Bond and his mythology. However, much of the film's spectacular story and jaw-dropping stunts have been overshadowed by the news that Craig's time as Bond is drawing near to the end.
To get behind those headlines, we sat down with 007 himself, Daniel Craig, to get the details on where the film Spectre fits in the spectrum of James Bond films and where he sees the franchise headed with him still at the helm (for now).
Tell me a little bit about this film because it advances the mythology of Bond. You said previously that it [the film] ties up loose ends and fills in some holes. So, tell me how this film expands on the mythology of Bond?
Well, we, Sam and I, sat down early on a long time ago, it feels like now, and said we want to celebrate Bond. I’ve, always wanted to do that. I have always had an ambition since I started this [journey], even though Casino stripped everything back and we took it back to sort of a basic kind of James Bond. It was always to get to this point where we could play around with the mythology, but everybody has an opinion about it. They are always saying why don’t you do this; why don’t you do that. And it's like yeah it's great, but it has to feel natural. It has to feel [like it is a part] of the plot and has to feel like a discovery as opposed to a standalone gag, but we have had a lot of fun doing this [film]. We had a lot of fun bringing some old ideas in, and hopefully the people that know will notice them, and new audiences will sort of discover them for the first time.
Yeah, I love that there were all these little gems that would reference old James Bond [films] even your [James Bond] films. Speaking of mythology and getting a lot of requests from people about what they want to see, apart from this film, you know in the next film, what would you want to see happen?
As far as the next film is considered, I don’t know. I mean we have used a lot of ideas up in this film as well as in Skyfall. You get to a point that there is not enough room in your brain to think about James Bond anymore. So [I] don’t know how to go forward. I think we have open many things up and if it did go forward we got plenty to work on, not least of all do we have Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes. Three of the finest actors around, who play a much larger part in this film, and I would love to see that explored more. So, I’d [think] we would figure it out. If we had to do it, [then] we’d figure it out.
What is the best part about being Bond?
For me it's the work. I get the chance to work on some of the most exciting film sets. There are with just massively talented people. You know Sam Mendes has directed this movie. It is my third movie with him. I would be in any movie he chose to do and we have a cast of actors who are all leads in their own right and that for me [being part] just gives me the deepest pleasure.
With one more film to come, Sam Mendes (director of Skyfall and Spectre) won’t be a part of that [final film]. Will you miss being Bond? How will that workout?
I don’t know. Nothing is nailed down. I know a lot has been said... I don’t really have much to add except for I don’t know....I think if you ask Sam the same question he would just go I don’t want to think about [it]. He finished editing the movie three weeks ago. He’s had enough. And so have I for a while. I would just like to think about some other things. Think about... other things to do...and not be worried about it. I’m so happy with the result of this film and I would like to celebrate that a little bit.
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.
Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.
As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.
Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. SPECTRE is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The screenplay is by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth, with a story by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.
Spectre opens in North American theaters November 6, 2015.