Daniel Craig discusses how his James Bond experience helped him prepare for Knives Out 2. Craig, a veteran actor who has been acting for around 30 years, gained international fame for his role in Casino Royale as James Bond, a secret agent in Eon’s movie series. He also starred in four more installments of the film franchise, including No Time to Die. Craig was also a part of films such as Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Knives Out. He is an accomplished star with a Golden Globe Award nomination in the Best Actor category – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Rian Johnson directed and produced the original Knives Out, a black comedy murder mystery film starring Craig as Benoit Blanc. He was a detective who investigated the sudden death of a patriarch. The film was released in the fall of 2019. It received critical and commercial success. A sequel was officially confirmed a few months later. This would involve another Blanc investigation, with Craig signing on to play his role. The sequel, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, will be released in December 2022. It follows a tech billionaire whose Greek escape with his friends is interrupted when he turns up dead. Detective Benoit Blanc was assigned to the case.
In an interview with Empire, Craig shared his James Bond experience, explaining how it prepared him to play Benoit Blanc in Knives Out 2. Craig answered the question rhetorically, asking how the Knives Out sequel crew kept an audience engaged in the second installment without simply copying the first. He also shared how his experience with James Bond was beneficial and how one can succeed with subsequent installments with the right talent.
Craig has a rich history of keeping viewers interested in multiple series, thanks to his role as James Bond in a successful franchise that ran for about 15 years. Craig’s filmography has been dominated by multi-film series in recent years. The exceptions to Steven Soderbergh’s heist comedy Logan Lucky, and the fact-based drama Kings, were both made in 2017. Craig may want to be a master of film series and continue to surprise audiences with captivating stories and characters over the years.
Knives Out 2 is yet to be released, but it will be one of two sequels produced by Netflix after the success of Knives Out. There may be more. Johnson has cited Agatha Christie, specifically the Hercule Poirot novels, as his major inspiration. It seems likely that Glass Onion, A Knives Out Mystery will not be Craig’s last film. Until then, viewers can look forward to Craig’s Knives Out 2 Return when it starts streaming on December 23.