After reports emerged Daniel Craig may stay on to play James Bond one more time following No Time To Die, the actor has insisted this will be his final spin playing the 007 spy.
Last week it emerged Daniel may not be done with the character, despite previously confirming the next chapter in the Bond franchise, the 25th, would be his final.
Now the star has poured cold water on the idea he may portray the suave, suited and booted, beloved character once more – just days after it was announced the release of the Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed film was pushed back to November, following an original April release.
Daniel used his hosting gig on Saturday Night Live overnightto confirm it would be his final 007 film – no matter what anyone may think.
Speaking about the upcoming film in the opening monologue, whichwas evidently lined up long before the delay of the film’s release wasconfirmed, Daniel also joked about the influence of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, afterthe Fleabag creator was drafted in to help on No Time To Die’s script.
He said: ‘This next James Bond film is going to be my last.
‘But it’s going to be one of the best. Because we got PhoebeWaller-Bridge from Fleabag come to help with some of the dialogue.’
In a nod to the BBC show’s irreverent breaking of the fourth wall, Daniel continued: ‘It’s not going to be that different. Every so often I will turn to the camera and I will say, “the name’s Bond, James Bond. Is it bad that I fancy the Pope?”’
It comes after sources claimed Daniel may play the spy inmore films.
Amid intense speculation over who could replace the 52-year-old (with names such as Richard Madden and James Norton being thrown about), an insider revealed the spy role is like an ‘itch he can’t scratch’, meaning we could be seeing more of his Bond.
‘He was in this same position four years ago after Spectre came out, where he said publicly and loudly that he was done and then, as time passed, he just wasn’t,’ they said. ‘It’s all going to come down to how No Time To Die is received by the public and if it can become the highest-grossing film in the series.
‘If it does, I think Daniel will be good for one moremovie,’ they added to the Sun.
‘He’s hedging that bet by asking for it not be marketed as a“finale”.’
While we wouldn’t be mad about not having to let go of Daniel just yet, seems he’s keen to set the record straight.
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