Daniel Craig has opened up about his struggles with anxiety, claiming his reluctance to take on his James Bond role once again was hindered by the condition.
No Time to Die is coming out five years after the last Bond movieand has been delayed until November 12th due to the spread of Coronavirus. This is going to be Craig's last time in the role, he confided in GQ magazine that he could not deal with the physicality of preparing for the films:
"I was never going to do one again. I was like, 'Is this work really genuinely worth this, to go through this, this whole thing?' And I didn't feel... I felt physically really low. So the prospect of doing another movie was just, like, off the cards. And that's why it has been five years."
The 2015 film, Spectre was supposed to be Craig's last time playing Bond, he said he'd rather 'break this glass and slash his wrists' than have to play the role again.
"I have suffered from it in the past. I have suffered because it's been like, 'I can't cope. I can't deal with this.'"
Another reason for the large time gap between the films was the change in directors, bringing in Cary Joji Fukunaga who has previously directed Sin Nombre and Beasts of No Nation. Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge also joined the crew to work on the script, another aspect that brought Craig some anxiety. As he states that he's regretted not speaking up about issues with the script in the past:
"I've kept my mouth shut before and I've stayed out of it and I've respected it and I've regretted that I did,"
After the film, the 52-year-old actor reveals he would potentially like to have another kid and just generally 'enjoy being older'. The star said he would consider taking on other acting roles in the future as he's pretty sure he 'can play just about anything'.