Daniel Craig May Step Down As James Bond -- Is Beyoncé The Next Replacement?

Daniel Craig fans have something to be worried about. It's been rumored that Craig is not going to play the British spy James Bond again. However, Newsweek listed five actors who could pull off the role. One of the names suggested is Beyoncé. She literally ushered a political movement after that performance of her's at the Super Bowl. But will she be able to pull it off? Well, it is true that the audience wouldn't mind the idea of a female James Bond, but as Mark Strong, Daniel Craig's buddy says, there are bigger forces at play when it comes to the decision.

The rumor about Craig started making rounds when Mark Strong, Craig's close friend and a godfather to his son, said something indicating Craig was over with his James Bond phase.

He said he would have "loved" to play a villain opposite Daniel in a movie. But he followed it up by saying that Craig is coming to an end of his time as the Bond.

"Do you know what, I'd have loved to have played the villain in a Bond movie while Daniel was doing it because he's a pal and that would have been great. But I think he's come to the end of his Bond time and so it's probably never going to happen, but that would have always been great."
"Having played so many villains, it would have been wonderful to have done the villain of villains, if you like. Because a Bond villain has a status all of his own," Strong told Shortlist.

Of course, he was asked if he could convince Daniel Craig to come back as the Bond.

"Well, I will try, believe me, I will do my best. But there are powers at work greater than us who make all these decisions," he said. Well, at least he's being honest about it.

He went on to say that he understand his fans love him, however, he added that he knows Craig has "mined it."

"He has been [wonderful] and he's loved it. But I think he feels like he's mined it. He's done what he wants with it."
"That point has come," he said about Craig's role as the James Bond.
However, there are loads of James Bond and Daniel Craig fans who are rejoicing in the fact that there is no official word yet. Slash Film says he might just change his mind if Sam Mendes directs the next sequel. However, even that seems unlikely.

Daniel Craig had infamously said that he would rather "slit my wrists" than appear as the Bond in another movie.

Daniel Craig is also rumored to star in the adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's book, Purity, Newsweek has said.

Purity was released in September, 2015, and follows the journey of Pip Tyler, a woman who uncovers the secrets of her long-lost father. Sounds like nothing that could even be compared to a James Bond flick, but it seems like Craig has finally made his decision to not stay as James Bond.

There seems to be a host of suggestions on who the next James Bond could be. Idris Elba is said to be the likely successor as James Bond. Tom Hardy has also been talked about as another likely candidate for the role. James Norton and John Boyega are also in the running to be next James Bond. However, there is still no decision on who the next Bond could be.

Who is your favorite James Bond? Do you back Daniel Craig in his decision to step down as James Bond?

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