Spectre co-star Naomie Harris has come to his aid, insisting that Craig was “just being sarcastic” when he made those comments and that he “loves” playing Bond.
Speaking to BBC News, she said: “Daniel lives and breathes Bond.
“He’s so dedicated to his craft and he loves playing Bond. It's easy to take something that someone says in passing and blow it completely out of proportion. I think that's what's happened here, so I don't really believe those comments at all.”
She added that Craig’s "sense of humour… doesn't come across particularly well in print” while also calling him "the ultimate Bond."
Craig recently told Time Out: “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists [than do another film]. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done, all I want to do is move on."
He added that the only reason he would return to the franchise would “only be for the money”.
It was alleged that, due to the negative comments, Sony executives told the star to ‘shut up’ and 'stop bashing' Bond.
One source reportedly said: “Craig is pretentious and thinks he’s better than Bond, that it doesn’t give him the creative range he needs.”
Spectre, also starring Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, and Ben Whishaw, is due in UK cinemas on 26 October 2015.
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