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- The highest paid Bond star ever suggested only the payday would bring him back for a fifth movie
- The new Bond film Spectre opens October 26 in the UK and on November 6 in North America
- He said he doesn't 'give a f***' who replaces him as the iconic spy
Daniel Craig has joked that he'd rather slit his wrists than reprise his role as James Bond for a fifth movie.
'I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,' he said during an interview with London's Time Out magazine.
'We’re done. All I want to do is move on,' the 47-year-old actor added.
Done: Daniel Craig has said he'd rather 'slash his wrists' than return for a fifth time as James Bond
He said he's not talking with anyone about staying on in Her Majesty's Secret Service but added the caveat that if he were to do another Bond movie, 'it would only be for the money.’
He was paid $10.7 million for Skyfall, making him the highest-paid Bond actor ever, and the film was the first Bond movie to break the one billion dollar mark.
After the success of Skyfall it was reported he brokered a deal to be paid £31 million for his next two 007 films, including the soon-to-be-released Spectre, the 24th film in the franchise.
He confirmed to the Mail On Sunday's Event magazine in September that there's a deal in place that might require him to keep going.
'I’m contracted for one more but I’m not going to make predictions,' he told Event.
Hugely successful: Craig, 47, was paid $10.7 million to star in Skyfall and the movie, directed by Sam Mendes, became the first Bond film to gross more than one billion dollars worldwide
Craig's fourth outing as 007 comes in Spectre, opening later this month, and directed once again by Skyfall's Sam Mendes.
Craig's comments in the Time Out interview published Wednesday aren't the first time he's dissed the role that catapulted him to international stardom and helped him bank millions of dollars.
When asked if he would continue as 007 by Esquire magazine in August, he said: 'At this moment, no. I have a life and I've got to get on with it a bit. But we'll see.'
'I'm incredibly fortunate. But the day I can walk into a pub and someone goes, "Oh, there's Daniel Craig" and then just leaves me alone, that'll be great,' he said.
Lucrative role: Craig banked millions of dollars thanks to Bond. The 007 star, pictured at a photocall for Spectre with co-star Lea Seydoux in January, said if he does return for a fifth movie, it would only be for money
Betting is already underway on which actor will replace Craig.
Luther star Idris Elba has been a firm fan favorite, as well as sparking heated debate about whether there cold ever be a black James Bond.
In June, bookies reported heavy betting on Wolf Hall and Homeland star Damian Lewis as the next 007. If chosen, he would be the first red-haired actor to play the spy role.
Others considered possible replacements for Craig include Richard Madden, Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy.
But whoever it is, Craig professes to not 'give a f***.'
The name's Elba....: Luther and The Wire star Idris Elba has long been a fan favorite to take over the 007 mantle from Craig
Hot bet: In June, bookmakers reported a flurry of bets being placed on Homeland and Wolf Hall star Damian Lewis to be cast in the iconic spy role. The actor's pictured as Henry the Eighth in the PBS costume drama
'Good luck to them,' he said. 'All I care about is that if I stop doing these things we’ve left it in a good place and people pick it up and make it better.'
As for his advice for whoever next gets to drive the Aston Martin: 'Don't be s**t.'
The highly-anticipated movie Spectre, co-starring Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, opens October 26 in the UK and in North America on November 6.
Passing the torch: Craig, pictured on the London set of Spectre in May, had some simple advice for whoever gets to take on the role of 007 next: 'Don't be s**t'