It's safe to say the allure of playing special agent James Bond has worn off on Daniel Craig.
Last month the actor said he'd rather kill himself than make another Bond movie - and in an interview with Red Bulletin this week before the release of the new film Spectre he's made no effort to hide the disdain with which he regards the character.
When asked about Bond's "way with the ladies" Craig says bluntly:
Let’s not forget he's actually a misogynist.
The nonplussed interviewer, grasping at straws, points out that that's changed somewhat in the more recent films. But Craig shuts it down again:
That's because we’ve surrounded him with very strong women who have no problem putting him in his place.
While the Bond movies represent the "eternal struggle between good and evil" and 007 is a "gentleman" sometimes, Craig said the character isn't worthy of the title 'role model':
My own role models are people who have a moral compass. People who have the courage of their convictions: great journalists, writers, artists... Don’t confuse role models with heroes.
The Red Bulletin:
What could we learn from James Bond that would help us in our day-to-day lives?
[Thinks for a short while.] Nothing.
The best takeaway from the interview, though, is the moment when right after talking about the franchise's hideous women problem, the journalist asks Craig how he feels about 007 "succumbing to the charms of an older woman", at which point Craig has to correct him:
I think you mean the charms of a woman his own age. We’re talking about Monica Bellucci, for heaven’s sake. When someone like that wants to be a Bond girl, you just count yourself lucky!
Spectre is out in cinemas on October 26.
But Daniel Craig basically gives zero f--ks whether you see it or not.