Daniel Craig insists there will NEVER be a gay James Bond… as his chemistry with Javier Bardem sparks speculation over 007's sexuality
11:53 GMT, 9 November 2012
'There will never be a gay James Bond': Daniel Craig has opened up about 007's sexuality
Daniel Craig has come forward to insist there will never be a gay James Bond – because 007 is not gay.
The actor, who takes on the role of the suave British agent in the latest installment Skyfall, was forced to comment after the chemistry between him and Javier Bardem's character Raoul Silva sparked speculation about Bond's sexuality.
The scene in question sees a flirtatious Raoul caress Bond's legs and chest as the spy sits tied up in a chair, with 007 ending the scene by asking his foe: 'What makes you think this is my first time'
However, asked if he could ever imagine a gay James Bond, Craig replied: 'No'.
Asked to explain why not, the 44-year-old actor told E! Online: 'Because he's not gay. And I don't think Javier's character is either – I think he'd f**k anything.'
But Craig's co-star Naomie Harris, who plays Bond girl Eve in the new movie, is more open to the idea of a homosexual Bond.
She said: 'I think everything is open. Everything is open. Who knows!'
And Naomie even went one step further when she suggested that Bond could even be played by a woman in a future film – as long as it's not her.
She said: 'That definitely would not be me, though. Just doing the little bit that I did in Skyfall was strenuous enough. I don't think that I'd be able to do that. But I could definitely see it happening.'
Speculation: The chemistry between Craig's Bond and Javier Bardem's villainous Raoul Silva prompted rumours about the spy's sexuality
Naomie's comments come after she previously suggested that Idris Elba would be the perfect choice for the first black Bond.
Meanwhile, Craig opened up about how starring as Bond has changed his life in terms of financial security.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, the cover of which shows the actor posing with co-stars Javier and Naomie as well as director Sam Mendes, Craig said: Obviously, financially I am pretty sound, and that is a wonderful thing; my family is secure.'
Cover stars: Craig appears with co-stars Naomie Harris and Javier on the cover of the Hollywood Reporter, alongside director Sam Mendes
However, Craig, who is married to actress Rachel Weisz, added that he was entirely unprepared by the level of fame that comes with taking on such a well-loved role.
He said: 'It is very strange – you’ve got no point of reference for something like this. I’ve spoken to Pierce Brosnan, but nobody can warn you.
'I love the collaborative process of moviemaking. But going out for a cup of coffee That’s the price you pay.'
Skyfall is in cinemas now.