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Daniel Craig Famously Quit Playing James Bond—So Why Is He Back?

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Upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die, directed by Cary Fukunaga, who wrote the script with Scott Z. Burns and Fleabag sensation Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is set to open in theaters on April 8 and star Daniel Craig. But some 007 fans might remember that in 2015, the leading man famously stated he'd rather "slash his wrists" than play James Bond again.

“I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on," said Craig. "If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”

So why is he back for No Time to Die, which will be the actor's fifth and final time portraying 007? Did money talk? Not exactly.

In a recent interview, Craig touched on how he wasn't completely happy with Spectre. “If that had been it, the world would have carried on as normal, and I would have been absolutely fine,” he said. “But somehow it felt like we needed to finish something off. If I’d left it at Spectre, something at the back of my head would have been going, ‘I wish I’d done one more.’”

Craig added that he “always had a kind of secret idea about the whole lot in my head, and where I wanted to take it. And Spectre wasn’t that… But this feels like it is.”