There was a period a few years back when actor Mark Strong was the go-to for villain roles. From SHERLOCK to KICK-ASS, and even the aborted GREEN LANTERN sequel where his Sinestro was set to be the antagonist, Strong had a moment as the preeminent bad guy. Some have said they would love to see him in a James Bond film, bringing his particular brand of debonaire villainy to the proceedings. Heck, he might’ve been a better option than Christoph Waltz for SPECTRE. And with his close friend Daniel Craig as 007, it could be a match made in heaven.
But if Strong is to be believed, that won’t be happening anytime soon. Or ever. Why? Because he thinks his pal, to whom he’s the godfather of his oldest son, has reached the end of his tenure as James Bond.
“Do you know what, Iâ€™d have loved to have played the villain in a Bond movie while Daniel was doing it because heâ€™s a pal and that would have been great,” he told Shortlist. “But I think heâ€™s come to the end of his Bond time and so itâ€™s probably never going to happen, but that would have always been great.“
Strong didn’t elaborate much on Craig’s reason for leaving- despite there being one more film in his deal, so he’s essentially quitting. â€œHe has been [wonderful] and heâ€™s loved it. But I think he feels like heâ€™s mined it. Heâ€™s done what he wants with it. That point has come,” Strong intimated.
What do you think? If SPECTRE was the end of the road for Daniel Craig as James Bond, how would you feel?