The producers of the James Bond film franchise have their next James Bond in mind, and it’s Daniel Craig. Craig, who has played Bond in the four most recent 007 movies — “Casino Royale” in 2006; “Quantum of Solace,” 2008; “Skyfall,” 2012; and “Spectre,” 2015 — is the “first choice” of Eon Productions, according to Deadline.com, which quotes a senior production executive on the franchise.
Asked whether Craig will be back for the next title in the series, executive producer Callum McDougall is quoted saying: “I wish I knew. We love Daniel. We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back.”
After Craig declined to commit to the next installment, names including Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Jamie Bell began circulating as possible replacements — although Deadline notes that they’re “merely rumors,” adding: “Eon is renowned for being incredibly tight-lipped about any developments of their projects.”