Daniel Craig has admitted that feeling "physically really low" was partly responsible for the long gap between 2015's Spectre and the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die.
The actor, who returns for his fifth and final outing as the legendary British spy, said that he struggled with the physicality of preparing for the films, and that he also suffered from anxiety over the role.
Craig told GQ magazine: "I was never going to do one again.
"I was like, 'Is this work really genuinely worth this, to go through this, this whole thing?' And I didn't feel . . . I felt physically really low.
"So the prospect of doing another movie was just, like, off the cards. And that's why it has been five years."
His last turn as Bond was reported at the time to be his final outing as the spy. 52-year-old Craig said that the "physicality" of Bond is "a preparation, in a way", because he would not get the script beforehand.
"It's making my head go, 'This is what it's going to be'."
Trying to prepare for a role in one of the most popular film franchises in modern cinema without a script also caused him to have anxiety.
He said: "I have suffered from it in the past," adding: "I have suffered because it's been like, 'I can't cope. I can't deal with this'"
Looking ahead to life after Bond, Craig - who is married to actress Rachel Weisz - said that his future may involve "having another kid, maybe just being older".
He also said that No Time To Die, which was recently pushed back to be released in November instead of April, amid global concern around the spread of coronavirus, will have references to Donald Trump.
"We struggled to keep Trump out of this film, but of course it is there," Craig said.
"It's always there, whether it's Trump, or whether it's Brexit, or whether it's Russian influence on elections or whatever . . .
"There are British people working in the top industries in the world and at the top of those industries.
"We do that, and we are good at that. And somehow we're kind of breaking all that apart. Whether that's breaking from Europe . . . There is a sort of a nihilism, isn't there?"