Daniel Craig talks 'Dragon Tattoo,' playing James Bond: 'It's fantastic'
"He's normal. When someone shoots at him, he does what most of us would do: he runs away," Craig says in an interview with the Guardian. "The worst situation you can have in a thriller is a lead who looks like he can handle himself."
But wait -- Craig also plays James Bond. Surely moviegoers will expect a little more action from him, won't they? "Hopefully by the time people have got into the movie, they'll have forgotten Bond and can believe in me as someone else," he says. "That's all I set out to do."
Craig is currently filming the next Bond movie, "Skyfall," and while he says he looks for varied roles in his other films, he doesn't think about how those roles will play in relation to Bond.
"I'm genuinely not aware of it," Craig tells the Guardian. "I probably was when 'Casino Royale' came out; I'm sure there was a point when I thought [squeals] 'F***ing hell! What now?' But I don't think, 'This will look good next to that. ...' If that's what you do, you're inhibiting yourself against instinct, which is just ... wrong."
Could he play a child-killer, the interviewer wonders? "Course I could," Craig replies. "Whether I'd want to is another matter. I think it would smack slightly of, you know, 'Oh, he's only doing that to get away from Bond.' I've got no desire to escape the role. I love playing Bond -- it's fantastic."
"Skyfall" is due for release in the fall of 2012.