Saturday 10 December 2016

Team behind Bond desperate for Craig to return

Paul Sandle in London

Published 01/10/2016 | 02:30

Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
Irish actor Aidan Turner

The team behind the James Bond films wants Daniel Craig to return as 007, the spy series' executive producer said yesterday, even after the British actor said he would rather slash his wrists than appear again.

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The 48-year-old star was "absolutely the first choice ... We would love Daniel to return as Bond," Callum McDougall told BBC radio.

Craig said last year he was "over" the role after filming wrapped up on the last instalment 'Spectre', which went on to gross $880m worldwide.

When asked if he could imagine doing another Bond movie, Craig told London's 'Time Out' magazine: "Now? I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists."

His words triggered a flurry of speculation over who might appear next, with Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Irish actor Aidan Turner among the top contenders.

Craig was widely praised for bringing a fresh grittiness to the role of the suave secret agent over four films, starting with 'Casino Royale' in 2006.

A report by RadarOnline earlier this month said Craig had already been offered $150m by studio Sony to return for two more films.

McDougall told the BBC that Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson both shared his views. "I know they are hoping for him to come back," he said.

Irish Independent

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