Daniel Craig is just fine going from James Bond franchise to doing 'Knives Out' movies

Daniel Craig returns as the charming gentleman sleuth in the second 'Knives Out' movie, 'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery'. Photo: Handout

Daniel Craig returns as the charming gentleman sleuth in the second Knives Out movie, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, out on Netflix today (Dec 23).

Audiences first met Craig's Benoit Blanc in the 2019 hit movie Knives Out from writer-director Rian Johnson.

In the second movie, the ace detective goes to a remote Greek island to solve another murder mystery. This time involving a new group of people who call themselves the disruptors. (Read our review of the movie here)

Other than Craig, the movie features an all-star cast including Edward Norton, Janelle Monae, Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr, and Dave Bautista.

As with the first film, viewers know very little about the detective who has a knack for pinpointing the guilty party.

Well, actually, we do learn about a hobby of his and how he spent his time being stuck at home during the pandemic. But other than that, no other information is provided and this is for a good reason.

Director Rian Johnson (left) and Daniel Craig confer on a scene they just filmed. Photo: HandoutDirector Rian Johnson (left) and Daniel Craig confer on a scene they just filmed. Photo: Handout

The 54-year-old actor has said that he wants to keep Benoit enigmatic to an extent because otherwise, “the part of his technique as a detective to disarm people goes away a bit”.

“I don’t think I want to know too much about him,” Craig says to StarLifestyle during an exclusive virtual interview.

“I think the story is always going to be about the protagonists, about the suspects, about the people that get murdered, the people that they’re involved in.

“And I think that’s something that is so traditional within whodunnits and I’d rather like that. So, the less we know about him, for me, the better.”

As of now, what we do know is that Craig will be reprising this role for a third Knives Out movie, which writer-director Johnson promises will be completely different from the first two films.

In a way, Knives Out films give Craig a new franchise to enter after wrapping up his 15-year stint as James Bond.

According to the British actor, he has no problems reprising the character as he genuinely relishes playing the crafty and comedic Benoit Blanc – something that comes across on screen, as Craig is a delight to watch in these films.

Craig tells StarLifestyle: “Listen, I was incredibly fortunate to spend a chunk of my life playing James Bond and had such wonderful fun doing it.

“And if I get the chance to do another franchise and it’s this one, then I shall be very lucky.

“This is a fun thing to do. And, you know, we can keep doing them. As long as we’re entertaining and making people laugh, we’ll keep doing them.”

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is streaming on Netflix.

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