28/12/2011 09:50 GMT | Updated 28/12/2011 09:59 GMT

Daniel Craig Brands All Politicians As Backstabbing 'S**theads'

James Bond star Daniel Craig has blamed Tony Blair for the rise of the celebrity obsessed "s**thead" politicians who can not be trusted.

In an interview with Men's Journal magazine, the actor said the former prime minister had been too keen to ingratiate himself with the rich and famous.

"Tony Blair started it much more than anybody's ever done. 'Go and have tea at 10 Downing Street'," he said.

Blair was famed for inviting actors and musicians to No. 10 in the early years of his administration in an effort to bolster his 'Cool Britannia' image.

"The fact that a guy who'd been in a band, owned an electric guitar and has probably had a spliff was prime minister really meant something, after years of John Major and Margaret Thatcher. He might just be one of us," Craig said. "In hindsight, it turned out he was just a politician like all the rest."

"Politicians are s***heads. That's how they become politicians, even the good ones," he added. "We're actors, we're artists, we're very nice to each other. They [politicians] will turn around and stab you in the back."

Craig, who is currently promoting The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, also said he felt actors should steer clear of getting involved in professional politics, although he indicated George Cloony would make a good politician.

"George has his finger on the political pulse," he said. "He's one of those guys who can get up and talk, and I don't have that. If someone shoves a microphone in your face and says, 'Explain yourself', you have to have a 100 per cent understanding of why you're doing it, and, unless you're 100%, don't do it, let your work speak for itself."

Cloony, who recently starred and directed the political film The Ides of March, has denied he wants to run for elected office. Presumably he does not think he is enough of a s**thead.