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In the last nine years, Daniel Craig has truly established himself as one of the greatest actors to take on the role of James Bond, but if recent comments from the actor are to be believed, then we may soon see the end of his terrific run.
In recent months there has been a great deal of speculation regarding whether or not the upcoming Spectre will be the last time that Daniel Craig wears the codename 007, and during a recent interview with Esquire the star revealed that the next Bond adventure will likely be his last. Asked if he would be game to make another movie in the legendary series, he kept the door partially open, but explained,
At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see.
It was all the way back in October 2005 that Craig first landed the James Bond role, following Pierce Brosnan in the lineage and landing front and center of big plans to revamp the brilliant spy series. Martin Campbell's Casino Royale turned out to be an absolutely brilliant move for the franchise, and by the time people were done watching Craig's performance there were comparisons being made between his version of the character and Sean Connery's. The actor's would-be legacy as Bond hit a rough patch when he starred in Marc Forster's Quantum of Solace, but helped earned respect back with the thrilling and awesome Skyfall. If Spectre does wind up being the last Daniel Craig Bond performance, it will be interesting to see whether or not it winds up balancing the scales, or firmly establishes the star as one of the best actors to ever take on the part.
Should Craig get his wish and wind up leaving James Bond behind, there are a number of actors who are being actively considered by fans as his replacement in the franchise. This summer we saw the news about odd-makers predicting who would wind up playing 007 next - and it's a pretty fascinating list. According to the numbers, Damien Lewis is a good bet, but that Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill, and Michael Fassbender were in the running as well. Of course, it may be years before we hear who will be the seventh actor to take the part.
We'll likely start to hear a lot more about Daniel Craig's future as James Bond as we get closer to Spectre's release date - but for now, how do you feel about this situation? Should he stay or should he go? Answer our poll below!
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