James Bond Says There Is Too Much SurveillanceHis 007 character might be known for his handy gadgets but in real life Daniel Craig thinks technology may interfere too much. Daniel Craig has told Sky News he thinks there is "too much surveillance and too much information gathering" in the world. The Bond star was talking as he promoted the 24th film in the franchise Spectre. The film follows the secret agent as he confronts enemies from his past, including his nemesis Franz Oberhauster, played by double Oscar winner Christoph Waltz. 007 is no stranger to using surveillance methods himself and in Spectre a new high-tech intelligence agency is being created in London, which will make employees like Bond superfluous. Director Sam Mendes said he shared concerns about the increasing creep of surveillance into private lives. "I feel like there’s a great danger that we lose all privacy," he said. "It’s of course a very good argument the Government and MI5 make about a need for surveillance in terms of the prevention of terrorism. However, it doesn’t mean that everybody should be treated equally and everyone should, be equally guilty or should be treated as if they’re guilty. "There was a time when it was presumably accepted MI6 were the good guys but now the public is ambivalent about surveillance and about secret service and about the security services generally both national and international." Naomie Harris, who plays Eve Moneypenny, added: "In one way it's great because we're protected - when people go missing you can track their whereabouts and that's really fantastic - but it's just if it gets into the wrong hands." Ben Whishaw, who reprises his role as Q, said: "It's definitely worrying...the way it's heading." This is the fourth time Craig has appeared as James Bond and despite previously saying he would rather "slit my wrists" than do a fifth film, the star said he is yet to make his mind up. "I don't know, that's the simplest answer I can give. I just don't know. At this moment I am enjoying this," he told Sky's Lucy Cotter. "I'm honestly not giving it any thought, it's just not on my agenda at the moment." Mendes, who also directed 2012's Skyfall, said fans should not expect he will sign up for the next film in the franchise. He said: "I think it’s unlikely because I really feel like this is a complete pair of movies and I’m really happy I did this one but it was really hard work to begin with. "I think also there are other things I love and things I’d like to do." Meanwhile, Craig says if he were to retire from playing the action-loving lothario, he does not mind who replaces him. Asked if he would like to see a woman or black star take on the role, he said: "Anything's possible. You can do anything as long as it's credible and it works. It doesn't matter." Last month Craig joined thousands of other European film professionals in signing a petition calling for action on the refugee crisis. He told Sky News Britain should be taking in more migrants. "I think we can always do more. It's a huge humanitarian crisis and we are going to have to step up to the plate," he said. Spectre opens in UK cinemas on Monday. It has received five stars from many critics, although some have called it "predictable" and without any surprises. Craig said: "The only thing that matters now are the audience, beyond whatever the press are saying."
Published at: 23/10/2015
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