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Chester star Daniel Craig's 007 quit threat was just him 'being sarcastic'

Co-star Naomie Harris says Craig's sense of humour was misunderstood after he said he would rather 'slash his wrists' than play Bond again

Daniel Craig stars as James 007 in the 24th Bond film, Spectre

Daniel Craig was 'just being sarcastic' when he said he wanted to move on from playing James Bond, according to his co-star Naomie Harris.

“Daniel lives and breathes Bond,” said the actress, 39, who will reprise her role as Moneypenny in the new film Spectre, which comes out on October 26.

Time Out magazine recently quoted Craig as saying he would “rather slash my wrists” than make a fifth Bond film.

Harris, though, thinks the actor’s words had been “blown out of proportion”.

Daniel Craig's Spectre co-star Naomie Harris

“It was not as he intended it,” she told BBC News, claiming her co-star’s “sense of humour doesn’t come across particularly well in print”.

Speaking at a promotional event for technology that is used in SPECTRE, she added: “He’s so dedicated to his craft and he loves playing Bond .

“It’s easy to take something that someone says in passing and blow it completely out of proportion.

"I think that’s what’s happened here, so I don’t really believe those comments at all.”

Daniel Craig in a scene from the new Bond movie, Spectre(Image: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc./PA Wire)

Craig’s remarks, made shortly after Spectre completed shooting in July, have ignited speculation over who will play Bond if the 47-year-old should relinquish the role.

Damian Lewis, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch are among those who have been suggested as potential successors.

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