The team behind the James Bond films want actor Daniel Craig to return to the role, one of the producers had told the BBC. Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, executive producer Callum McDougall said Craig was “absolutely the first choice” of series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson.
“I know they’re hoping for him to come back,” said McDougall, who has worked on nine Bonds, including all of those on which Craig has worn the tuxedo: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
Speculation has been intense about who might replace the actor, following his failure to commit to another instalment, the departure of Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes – and Craig’s assertion that he’d “rather slash my wrists” than make another movie.
Earlier this month it was reported that the producers had offered Craig $150m for two further movies; this figure was subsequently debunked by some.
Other names anecdotally linked to the part include Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Jamie Bell and Tom Hughes.