Mark Strong Says Daniel Craig is Likely Done with Bond

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It’s no secret that Daniel Craig is tired of playing the role of James Bond. The actor was incredibly open about his feelings regarding the character during the press tour for “Spectre.” He went as far as saying he would “rather slit [his] wrists” than play the character one more time. With rumors swirling that his time as 007 is at an end, the actor’s close friend, Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service”) seemed to further confirm the rumors in a new interview.

Speaking with Shortlist over at Indiewire, Strong, who happens to be the godfather of Craig’s oldest son, said he’s long dreamed of playing a Bond villain opposite his friend. He calls it “the absolute pinnacle” of roles. When asked about it, he says, “I think he’s come to the end of his Bond time and so it’s probably never going to happen, but that would have always been great.”

Strong, however, makes it sound like the decision is not entirely Craig’s, citing the “powers at work greater than us who make all these decisions,” but he added, “I think he feels like he’s mined it. He’s done what he wants with it.”

Craig recently signed on to do a limited series adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s book, “Purity.” “Purity” will be co-written by Franzen and Todd Field. Field will also be directing the effort, which is currently being sought after by Showtime, Netflix and FX.

Most recently the British actor had a cameo as a Stormtrooper in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Despite his previous comments, he has yet to confirm or deny if he is leaving the Bond franchise for good.