Daniel Craig has made it abundantly clear that he no longer gives a single fuck about the James Bond franchise or his role in it, for which he was handsomely paid. However, he still has to answer questions about it on one last press tour. It is a pleasure to watch.
THE RED BULLETIN: What could we learn from James Bond that would help us in our day-to-day lives?
DANIEL CRAIG: [Thinks for a short while.] Nothing.
Huh—oh, lemme—just, hmm—one sec—oh, yes—right here—NOTHING! And it only gets better from there, as Craig dismisses the interviewer’s attempts to hype up the Bond legend, saying “Let’s not talk these films up as some kind of life-changing experience.”
The interview continues, for some reason.
On Bond’s physique, Craig says, “It’s an aesthetic choice. My female producer always makes sure I take off my shirt often enough.”
And on Bond’s way with women: “Let’s not forget that he’s actually a misogynist.”
A ringing endorsement of the fine cinematic masterworks to which Craig has hitched his star (and abs) for the past ... I don’t know, let’s say “decade.”
Now let’s move on to Thursday morning, where Craig managed to pretend to care about what James Bond’s house looks like, started to lose interest while answering a question about Bond’s dressing gown, and cringed through repeated grilling about the relative lack of shirtless man-candy in the latest film.
And then it really fell apart. Craig was asked to do his signature “pout,” which, as far as he was aware up until that awkward moment, is not a real thing.
“I think you need to move on.” The correct response, and also the unofficial motto for the Spectre Press Tour 2015.