- Daniel Craig has been playing the role of James Bond for five films starring with Casino Royale in 2006 and is expected to wrap-up his tenure as 007 with No Time To Die this November (pending another release date delay).
- Exiting the Bond role will open-up many franchises to the British actor and is expected to reprise the role of private detective Benoit Blanc in Rian Johnson’s untitled sequel to Knives Out, which according to Lionsgate is officially moving forward.
I think we’ve all been curious when Daniel Craig would make the jump to superhero roles and he has now revealed that as a kid he had dreamed playing Spider-Man and Superman. In a new interview with SagaMazaing (via MetroUK), Daniel Craig was asked if as a kid he dreamed of playing the James Bond role and his answer is certainly an interesting one.
CRAIG: “The answer is no. I never did. I dreamed of being all sorts of other things – Superman, Spider-Man, the Invisible Man, even a good old-fashioned cowboy. But Bond so much, which seems ironic now.”
While he hasn’t tackled “superhero” projects, Daniel Craig is no stranger to comic book movies.
He ended up playing a cowboy of sorts in Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens, a comic book adaptation that co-starred Harrison Ford. His period thriller Road To Perdition directed by Skyfall’s Sam Mendes and led by Tom Hanks was an adaptation of the Max Allan Collins comic. Craig also played the villain Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine in Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn, based on Hergé’s Belgian comic book Tintin.
Daniels’ wife Rachel Weisz took a supporting recently in Marvel’s Black Widow as Melina Vostokoff aka Iron Maiden and starred alongside Keanu Reeves in the comic book flick Constantine, based on the DC Comics book Hellblazer.
Rumors swirled that he was playing the role of Marvel’s Thor for director Kenneth Branagh but denied that during the promotion of his WWII film Defiance.
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This could be a signal to studios that Daniel Craig is now interested in tackling a superhero film and might even be able to be coaxed into joining Marvel or DC Comics movies at some point.
Tom Holland is playing Spider-Man currently and I doubt Warner Bros. is looking to cast Craig as Superman but landing some superhero or villain role could be an achievable goal as his restrictive Bond contract ending would allow him to tackle a reoccurring franchise role.
I’d personally love to see him be considered for comic book roles such as Brian Braddock aka Captain Britain, Joey Chapman aka Union Jack, Richard Rider aka Nova, Arkady Gregorivich Rossovich aka Omega Red, Norman Osborn aka Green Goblin, Harvey Dent aka Two-Face, Brainiac, and John Constantine aka Hellblazer.
No Time To Die was recently given the new release date of November 25th.
The cast will include Daniel Craig as James Bond, Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Rami Malek (Bohemian Rapsody) as a new villain named Safin (rumored to be a version of Dr. No), Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as Felix Leiter, Ralph Fiennes (The King’s Man) as M, Christoph Waltz returning as Spectre’s Blofeld, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel) as Nomi aka the new Agent 007, Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049) as Paloma, Ben Whishaw as Q, Billy Magnussen, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner, David Dencik, and Dali Benssalah.
Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help.
The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.