** This article contains spoilers **
Daniel Craig believes it was important that his version of James Bond perished in No Time to Die so that the franchise could move on.
After Pierce Brosnan confirmed his retirement from the role, the casting rumour mill naturally went into overdrive, as Bond producers searched for their next Bond who would star in the Casino Royale reboot.
Craig would land the role and go on to lead the most commercially successful period in the franchise's history before retiring as 007 in 2021's No Time to Die.
In that movie, audiences saw something they had never seen before - James Bond actually died.
And, it seems Craig had a big say in that happening.
"Two things, one for myself and one for the franchise," he replied when asked by the LA Times why it was important Bond died.
"One, for the franchise, was that reset starts again, which (the franchise) did with me. And I was like, 'Well, you need to reset again'. So let's kill my character off and go find another Bond and go find another story. Start at (age) 23, start at 25, start at 30.
"The other was so that I could move on.
"I don't want to go back. I suppose I should be lucky if they were to ask me back, but the fact is I need to move on from it.
"The sacrifice that he makes in the movie was for love and there's no greater sacrifice. So it seemed like a good thing to end on... I'm very, very fortunate as an actor to have got to a stage in my career where I can now go, 'You know what? I'm gonna pick and choose.'"
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No Time to Die
Action / Thriller
2021 • 163 minutes