With Daniel Craig returning as James Bond in SPECTRE on 26th October, the internet has been rife with speculation: will this be his last outing as cinema's most famous secret agent?
It turns out we needn't have worried – because Craig has himself confirmed that he is contracted for one more 007 adventure. According to a report from The Daily Mail (via The Wrap), Craig confirms he's not quite ready to hang up the tuxedo just yet – and more than that, he actively doesn't want to give up the role.
"I’m contracted for one more — but I’m not going to make predictions," said the actor, who first took on the mantle in 2006's Casino Royale. He adds: "I’ll keep going as long as I’m physically able."
Nevertheless, Craig is at the end of the day a flesh and blood performer and not the seemingly invulnerable character he plays in the movies. And he's acutely aware of the physical fatigue that's increasingly taking its toll. "I work myself to death" he reflects. "It’s getting harder. But such is life."
Still it's reassuring news for fans of the actor, one who has famously delivered a more emotional, plausible and gritty take on Her Majesty's finest secret agent. It also contradicts Craig's earlier claim in Esquire that SPECTRE would be his final Bond movie.
So, it seems increasingly less likely that Homeland's Damian Lewis will be taking over as 007, as has been boldly claimed. No doubt Craig is set to deliver another barnstorming performance in his final outing as Bond – whenever that will be.
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