Daniel Craig Tells His 007 Replacement 'Don't F*** It Up!'
The British actor's next appearance as 007 in No Time To Die will be his last, bringing to a close a successful run of five films dating back to 2006's Casino Royale - and when asked on The Jimmy Fallon Show what he'd tell his replacement, he kept things short and profanity-laced.
"Don't f*** it up. It's a beautiful, amazing thing," he said via video link on the show.
"I don't know what else to say, really. Don't f*** it up! Leave it better than when you found it."
Worrying he shouldn't have sworn, he then asked chat show host Fallon: "Is that alright? Can I say that? Probably not!"
Fallon assured him: "You're allowed to do whatever you want. You're James Bond!"
No one has yet been confirmed to take over the 52-year-old, although Tom Hardy, Richard Madden, James Norton and Henry Cavill are thought to be among the front runners
Also on the show, Craig has spoke out in defence of the move by MGM Studios and Universal Pictures to push back the release date of No Time To Die again to 2 April 2021.
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Following the announcement, cinema chain Cineworld said it had no choice but to temporarily close its theatres in the UK and Ireland, as well as its 536 US Regal cinemas. Odeon, meanwhile, announced around a quarter of its 120 venues will move to a weekend-only model.
Craig said of the film's delay: "This thing is just bigger than all of us.
"We want to release the movie at the same time all around the world and this isn't the right time. So fingers crossed 2 April is going to be our date."
Originally meant to be released in April of this year, No Time To Die is far from the only Hollywood blockbuster that has been pushed back to what the film industry hope will be less turbulent times in 2021 and 2022.
On Monday, Warner Bros announced it was moving The Batman to 4 March 2022, even though its premiere date was already a fairly distant 1 October 2021. They've also delayed The Flash and Shazam 2, as well as the remake of sci-fi oddity Dune to the vacant The Batman slot in October next year.
The temporary closure of all Cineworld sites in the UK will affect up to 5,500 employees, with 45,000 affected when taking into account staff working for its cinemas in the US as well.
Vue cinemas, another major UK chain, has also admitted that it's 'being forced right now to look at options' regards any potential closures of its own.
Chief executive Tim Richards said to Sky News: "We are struggling, we're absolutely struggling, we came into this after a record-breaking year, both as an industry and as a company... We were well placed to ride this through, but this was unexpected."
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