There is no secret James Bond can’t keep; but actor Daniel Craig spills the beans on the elusive spy’s plans. India, says Craig, is on Bond’s hit list in the 23rd installment of the franchise, tentatively called Bond 23.
“There is definitely a plan to do that (shoot Bond 23 in India).
It’s premature to talk about it as of now. I don’t want to make any public announcement, but there is definitely a plan,” says 43-year-old Craig, in his stiff upper lip British accent, as we caught up with him in Mexico during the promotion of his upcoming flick, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But, there’s one secret Craig is trying hard to keep and that’s his personal life. The actor tied the knot with Hollywood star Rachel Weisz, 41, in New York, and the couple has avoided the limelight since. Mention the paparazzi and his expression becomes stern. “Life is great; it feels good to have a partner like Rachel. But it’s just that as long as I can keep my private life private, I’m all good with it,” he says.
Craig is currently riding high on the success of his latest film Cowboys & Aliens and says he expects it to do well in India. “My expectations from the Indian audiences are high. I think the audiences there are fond of the action genre,” he says.
He hasn’t seen any Bollywood films, but says as a huge fan of action films, he can’t wait to get in on the thrill. “I have heard a lot about Ghajini (2008) and Dabangg (2010) and would love to watch them whenever I get a chance,” says Craig.
He’s not sure when that will be, but he does let on that filming for Bond 23 will start at the end of the year. “The next Bond will start in October or November. I’m really excited about the script, it’s fantastic,” he says. Craig became a household name after his debut as Bond in Casino Royale (2006), a fact he accepts with modesty. “I was glad to know that Bond fans accepted me after Pierce Brosnan, who was incredible as James Bond,” he says.
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Daniel Wroughton Craig
Debut: The Power of One (1992)
Other projects: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Munich, Defiance
Latest flick: Cowboys & Aliens
Future projects: Dream House, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, Bond 23
Spouse: Rachel Weisz
Children: Daughter Ella Craig (18, with Scottish actor Fiona Loudon)
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