Daniel Craig: ‘I’m an incredibly emotional human being…I’m no sociopath’

No Time To Die World Premiere Red Carpet Arrivals at Royal Albert Hall, London

Since No Time to Die is his last outing at James Bond, Daniel Craig is trying to be less angsty during the promotion. You know he feels relief at the fact that he never has to do anything like this ever again, but still… he’s grumpy about everything, because that’s his nature. Craig sat down with the NY Times to chat about Bond, the future of the franchise, Knives Out and how he’ll probably be known as the Grumpy Bond. Some highlights:

How emotional he was at the end of filming: “I don’t show myself to the world as much as maybe people would like, but that’s my choice. It’s got me probably into trouble and has made people make up their own minds about me. But I’m an incredibly emotional human being. I’m an actor. I mean, that’s what I do for a living. And the clip you’re talking about is the end of 15 years of my life that I’ve put everything I can into. I would be some kind of sociopath not to get a little bit choked up at the end of that. Hopefully, I’m no sociopath.

The viral “ladies and gentlemen, the Weeknd” clip: “They [post that every Friday]? It’s amazing. I don’t know what that is, but thank you. That’s lovely. I suppose I’d have to have social media to know what that was all about.”

His return to Broadway to play Macbeth: “It’s the only other Shakespeare play I’ve read. No, it’s always been one of my favorites. It’s very difficult. It’s fast-paced and not particularly long. There’s an opportunity to do something. Broadway has taken such a kicking, like every other industry, and to do something spectacular and magical and weird, to try to get that on Broadway and help out and give it as much of a boost as possible — I know we can do a wonderful production. There will be plenty of things going on, on Broadway next year, and I wanted to join in.

How does one prepare to play Macbeth? “You learn the lines. We’ve got lots and lots of ideas, all of which are just in the conversation stage right now. We workshop the play for two weeks in November and then we’ll start rehearsals in the new year. Hopefully in those two weeks we’ll nail some of these ideas down. And then you just go from there. Thank God we’ve got Sam Gold and Ruth [Negga].

Competing with the Denzel Washington/Macbeth film: “God forbid I was ever in competition with Denzel Washington. Jesus. I don’t consider myself worthy. That doesn’t come into it. They’re going to be very different, clearly, but I don’t worry about those sorts of things. The more, the better.

[From The NY Times]

He also said some words about Knives Out, basically that he was fine now that he was part of another franchise. Probably because the Knives Out franchise is just kind of fun – it’s not like he has to do long, involved action sequences or fly a helicopter or whatever. He can just ACT. I like that he thinks the “ladies and gentlemen” SNL clip is “lovely,” because it is. It’s just a harmless little thing that people enjoy. And “hopefully, I’m no sociopath” is kind of a crazy thing to say, right? “BTW, I’m not a sociopath, fingers crossed!”

James Bond's 'No Time To Die' World Film Premiere Held at the Royal Albert Hall

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    Benoit Blanc is NOT a sociopath.

    And I love The Weekend clip.

    • Dierski says:

      BENOIT BLANC!! 😂

      Came here to recommend that episode of SNL to anyone who needs a little Daniel Craig today – he is hilarious in it and of course gorgeous, and I do think his emotional nature shows more in a live setting where he’s laughing and having fun. He seems like a really nice guy to me.

      Anyway, weirdly, I’ve watched his March 2020 SNL episode quite a few times, as it was the last one that came out before the pandemic came down that spring, and before the cast did the last few shows of the season from home. It was the last “normal” bit of live tv at the time when things got weird, so I remember re-watching to get a sense of past normalcy. Letting my weirdo-flag fly admitting that, haha!

      But it was just funny reading this article, to realize I knew exactly what clip they were referencing, without ever having seen it used as a meme. “Ladies & Gentlemen… the Weekend.” He’s too good!

  2. Barbie1 says:

    He is looking damn good on that red carpet. That is all.

    • Tiffany says:

      And Piers Morgan was upset at that look.

      Upset because he knew he can never pull it off.

      • Talia says:

        I liked the bit where Gary Lineker (very famous U.K. soccer player) replied to the tweet (which basically said it was an outfit James Bond would never wear) faux helpfully pointing out that Craig’s not James Bond in real life, that’s a fictional character.

  3. FF says:

    I dunno. I’m starting to like him.

  4. GandalfTheMeh says:

    I love him as an actor. I don’t blame him for being grumpy Bond. He got injured alot filming these movies. I think he broke out his two front teeth( which is why his mouth does that weird blue steel thing I think), broke his leg.. all sorts of shit. He’s also just getting older and needs to slow down.

    • MissMarirose says:

      Yeah, I can’t blame him for being a little grumpy right after filming the movie given all the difficult stunt work he had to do (probably more so than any previous Bond). I’m sure that the exhaustion was a contributing factor, and also probably the entertainment press asking the same dumb questions at every interview and red carpet appearance.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        That’s my take on it @ MissMarirose! The press asks the same questions over and over! You would think he is nothing more than playing Bond, but he is an exceptional actor. I have seen him so many other rich parts were he is able to be an actor, not a continuous stunt man which is what Bond is. I have always liked him!!

        Let’s face it, he is handsome and his eyes are breathtakingly beautiful!!

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Yup! Plus he is his incredible wife have an agreement regarding working as well! He doesn’t appear at her movie premieres so that ALL of the press attention is one HER, and not him! He seems to be incredibly supportive as a husband and he’s not too bad to look at either!!

      It’s interesting that he doesn’t consider himself to be in the same league as Washington. He doesn’t come off as a snob or self centered, he comes off as humble.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Kinda like James Garner paying Jim Rockford. Got hurt too much.

  5. Becks1 says:

    Ooh I didn’t know he was going to be in Macbeth on Broadway. I bet I can get my husband to see Shakespeare if it has Bond lol.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @Becks1, yes!! I know!! Though I would have no trouble getting my husband to Broadway, but it’s a very long drive for us from Texas!! We were in NYC during that wild blizzard but we had shows almost every night!! I love NYC!!! There are some amazing shows coming to Broadway next year, and this is one of many I would love to see!!

      • TEALIEF says:

        I think he’s a marvelous actor: stage and screen. I loved him in Layer Cake, which is one of the reasons, I think, he was chosen to play Bond. Casino Royale was the bomb! Saw him in Betrayal, he has a very robust stage presence that projects to all the seating sections. He was the strongest of the three on the stage. His wife, Rachel Weisz, IMO, not so much. She is a very good screen actor. I want to see the play, Ruth Negga, and him, but I don’t know if I want to pay $450.00.

  6. GR says:

    Gorgeous eyes and gorgeous legs!

  7. Snappyfish says:

    He is my Bond. There is something very Steve McQueen about him in that both men & women like him. I am excited for this movie. Casino Royale & Skyfall were good. Quantum was not & Spectre was better than Quantum but not saying much. I will miss him as Bond & thankful he came back for one more.

    Now on to James Norton as the next Bond. (Finger crossed)

  8. ellie says:

    He came across lovely here. I can’t wait to see him more in roles where he can actually just ACT instead of pulling stunts.

  9. Eve says:

    Somehow I believe him.

    He has a small but meaningfull role in a movie I love: The Jacket, with Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley and Jennifer Jason Leigh. I recommend it.

  10. Trish says:

    He’s such a Pisces.

  11. Monica says:

    As a fellow grumpy person, I’ve always loved him for it.

  12. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I know he’s always been a whiny little bitch about playing Bond, but tough. He’s the best one. Besides Connery. When he’s not posing for a pic with his mouth drawn in a little bow or complaining, I think he’s awesome lol. It’s going to be a hard transition to a new Bond. I still like Idris for the role. I think I could handle that.

  13. pyritedigger says:

    There is something incredibly attractive about him and he can still get it, even as he ages.

    I also like his politics and he comes across as a great person.

  14. Bobbie says:

    I don’t get his appeal. I’m not doubting his talent as an actor, but I know there are women who drool over him, and I just don’t think he has ” that thing.” No heat.

  15. That’s why we love watching your movies.

  16. iconoclast59 says:

    The “yeah, whatever” arm gesture is what really makes that Weeknd/weekend clip. Cracks me up.