After almost a year of speculation, it seems likely that actor Daniel Craig will reprise his role as James Bond for at least one further movie. Reports have surfaced online today that suggest Craig is the number one choice to continue the popular franchise.
Craig first appeared as the daredevil spy in 2006’s ‘Casino Royale’, the 21st film in the James Bond series. The actor has since played Bond in 2008’s ‘Quantum Of Solace’, 2012’s ‘Skyfall’ and 2015’s ‘Spectre’.
During a promotional interview for ‘Spectre’, Craig suggested that he would rather ‘slash my wrists’ than partake in another 007 movie. He later took back his comments, stating: “I’m quite straightforward and I say things when I feel it and then I change my mind. I’m just like everybody else,”
Craig is rumoured to have been offered around $150 million to appear in two further Bond movies, that will be shot back to back. An inside source has claimed that “Craig has played a genius hand,” “Everyone knows how much executives adore him, and the idea of losing him at such a crucial time in the franchise isn’t an option as far as all the studio honchos are concerned.”
Should Craig agree to both movies, it will make him one of the most prolific Bonds of all time, with as total of six films to his name. This number is topped only by iconic 007’s Sean Connery and Roger Moore who each made seven Bond movies.
Craig has now moved ahead of one time favourite Idris Elba to top the bookies list of potential 007s.
Here are Paddy Power’s official odds:
8/11 – Daniel Craig
5/1 – Aidan Turner
5/1 – James Norton
6/1 – Jack Huston
14/1 – Idris Elba
14/1 – Tom Hiddleston
20/1 – Jamie Bell
25/1 – Tom Hardy
25/1 – Damian Lewis
33/1 – Michael Fassbender