In 2006, fans witnessed actor Daniel Craig bring James Bond back to life. Craig is the sixth actor to grace the screen as Britan’s beloved spy, 007. Ten years later, Craig has turned in four successful performances as the title character, but the Daily Mail reports that Craig is done with the franchise. Director Sam Medes is also not returning to direct anymore, Bond films, but will be sticking around to produce. During the press tour for Spectre in 2015, Daniel Craig made it known that he was not looking to reprise his role as James Bond. This is what he told Time Out, regarding shooting one more Bond film.
“I’d rather break this glass and slit my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. All I want to do is move on.”
Ouch. It seems that Craig’s attitude seemed to change after Spectre wrapped filming. The production was plagued with problems and reshoots, in addition to Craig injuring his ACL on set. Craig is known for doing his own stunts, so maybe he just got tired of the James Bond regimen.
With talk of Craig quitting Bond, fans and media outlets are speculating on who will replace him. Tom Hiddleston is currently the number one choice, with the Guardian placing his odds at 1-2. This “Bond talk” has come on the heels of Hiddleston’s role as a double agent spy in the BBC mini-series production of The Night Manager. In the series, Hiddleston plays Jonathan Pine, a former British army soldier who infiltrates an international weapons scheme.
“There’s no smoke without fire, and following the big gamble on Tom Hiddleston in the last 24 hours, we’ve had no choice but to pull the plug on the market. Earlier in the year there was a gamble on Idris Elba and Damian Lewis, but nothing has come close to the recent gamble on Hiddleston,” reports Uproxx.
According to the Metro, Hiddleston has denied meeting with anyone for a role in the next James Bond film and has stated no one has contacted him about the role.
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