This article contains spoilers for the most recent James Bond movie. If you’ve seen No Time to Die, then you know Daniel Craig’s Bond gave his life to save his family. Killing off a James Bond character is a big decision, one that is unprecedented in the franchise. But what does the man portraying the 007 agent think about the decision? Turns out he’s pretty happy with it. On the No Time to Die: The Official James Bond Podcast Craig said he found the whole experience and the ending of his tenure as “really very, very satisfying.”
No Time to Die marks the fifth and final time that Daniel Craig will feature as James Bond. It’s also the 25th film in the James Bond franchise overall. The film sees Bond in retirement, living in Jamaica before CIA agent Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) comes looking for his help to recover a kidnapped scientist. His mission leads him to cross paths with dangerous and enigmatic villain Safin (Rami Malek). Cari Joji Fukunaga directs with Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris, Lashana Lynch, Ralph Fiennes, and more also starring.
No Time to Die has been met with fairly good reviews, obtaining a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes from both critics and fans alike. Most viewers have dubbed it a solid Bond film that gives Daniel Craig a satisfying sendoff, so it looks like most people are in agreement with the man himself.
Daniel Craig first starred as James Bond in the 2006 film Casino Royale, which many consider one of the best Bond films in the entire franchise. Casino Royale was followed up with Quantum of Solace in 2008, which was the most critically panned Bond of Craig’s history in the role. Skyfall saw a return to form in 2012, providing us with a more personal look into Bond. Spectre was released in 2015 and took a step back with critics, just beating out Quantum of Solace for the worst-reviewed Bond film of Craig’s career.
Regardless of which of these films you did and didn’t like, one thing is clear. Daniel Craig has definitely been one of the best James Bonds on screen, and he brought a lot of depth and nuance to a character that typically lacks those traits. He’ll be a tough act to follow, but the continuation of the franchise is certainly inevitable.
With Daniel Craig officially ending his run as Bond, speculation is running wild as to who will be behind the wheel of the Aston Martin next. Even while Craig was portraying him, there were tons of names thrown around. Some popular fan suggestions have been Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy, Richard Madden, Tom Hiddleston, and Cillian Murphy. A frontrunner in many fan castings is Idris Elba, who would make history as the first Black James Bond. These candidates are all viable apparently, as producer Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions has stated that she is willing to cast any British man of any ethnicity. While we wait for the next Bond to be cast, make sure to check out Daniel Craig’s final outing in the role in No Time to Die.