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Rumors surrounding Daniel Craig’s future as James Bond have been circulating for months. Even though the actor is actually contracted to one more fling as 007 after this month’s Spectre, there has been growing speculation that he might depart the role. However, Daniel Craig has now responded to these whispers, insisting that as long as he feels able to, he’ll continue to play the world’s most famous spy.

Daniel Craig made this admission to The Daily Mail, admitting that he’s already signed on the dotted line to star in his fifth James Bond film. However, it sounds as though he’d be willing to hand over the part to a fresh, young upstart if needs be, especially if he finds himself struggling because of the rigors of time. The 47-year-old explained:

It’s getting harder. But such is life. I’ll keep going as long as I’m physically able. I’m contracted for one more, but I’m not going to make predictions.

From these comments, it seems like the decision won’t just be left up to Daniel Craig though. I’d even hazard a guess that both he, and the powers that be with the James Bond franchise, are going to wait to see how people respond to Spectre before actually committing to another.

Either way, there’s no denying the fact that, during his tenure as James Bond, Daniel Craig has made an indelible mark on the character and the franchise. In fact, from Casino Royale to Skyfall, via the awfully named Quantum Of Solace, and now, hopefully, with Spectre, Craig has plunged the character of James Bond into murkier depths than we’ve ever seen him occupy.

The results have been spectacular, especially with Casino Royale, which, let’s not forget, rejuvenated the franchise, and Skyfall – the latter of which was dramatic, epic, and examined Bond in a whole new light. Ok, maybe it was a little too mature and serious, but it was a modern take on a character that before Craig’s arrival had been in danger of being ostracized, while it was also a film that the two previous installments had been building up to.

No wonder many consider it to be the best James Bond film ever produced. Of course, that’s always going to be up for debate. What’s not is the fact that it grossed $1.1 billion, making it the most successful.

It remains to be seen whether Spectre can top it, but with Daniel Craig now fully embedded in the role, and director Sam Mendes returning to oversee a Bond adventure again after his work on Skyfall, the ingredients are there to build upon and enhance its predecessor. Plus, its trailer ain’t half bad.
We’ll find out if Spectre can match or even eclipse Skyfall in just a few short weeks, when it’s released in the US on November 6. A full 11 days after those Limey swines have seen it first. Lucky bastards.

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