Daniel Craig says he’s ready to begin work on another Bond film. In an interview with ComingSoon.net about his next film, Edward Zwick’s Defiance, Craig opened up about the reception to Quantum of Solaceand his plans for another installment. Here are some highlights from the interview:
ComingSoon.net: The critical reaction to “Quantum of Solace” was somewhat different than that for “Casino Royale.” Did that surprise you?
Daniel Craig: No, because “Casino Royale” was based on a novel and we’re always going to have that. When you do a movie like that, where the basis of a story is really strong and also the momentum of it, everyone thought that it was going to be sh*t. So when it wasn’t, they were all just completely surprised. I think that “Quantum of Solace” is as good a movie as “Casino Royale.” I think that the difference is that last time people were surprised by the fact that they enjoyed it. The fact is that we get reviews in newspapers that we’d never had reviews in before. Certainly with the Internet we get seven and a half million reviews, which are all worth looking at, obviously.
CS: Do you think that calls to go to work on the next one will come a little quicker after the huge success of “Quantum?”
Craig: I haven’t heard anything – but then I’m not answering my phone.
CS: What more do you want to do with Bond? What other parts of him would you like to explore?
Craig: Well, I genuinely think we’ve got a blank page now. We’ve finished this story off. “Quantum of Solace” was exactly the right thing to do. We started something with “Casino Royale” and we wrapped it all up with “Quantum of Solace.” We’re ready to begin again and we can do what we want.
Quantum of Solace is performing on-par with Casino Royale and has grossed $510.6 million worldwide ($152.7 million domestically and $357.9 million overseas). Casino Royale grossed $594.2 million worldwide–$167.4 million domestically and $426.8 million overseas–when it was released in 2006.