Although it might not seem like it, Daniel Craig has been with Her Majesty's Secret Service for nearly a decade. Craig, who became the seventh actor to portray James Bond (in the Eon Productions), joined MI6 back in 2006 with Casino Royale. Now it seems he's ready to hang up his tuxedo and wetsuit.
In an interview with Esquire Magazine, he suggested he was eager to retire from the character after his year's upcoming Spectre. He didn't exactly completely rule out returning to the iconic role, but if he did, it seems it might be against his will. He told the magazine:
I really don’t know. Honestly. I’m not trying to be coy. At the moment I can’t even conceive it…At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see.
Check out the latest trailer for Spectre below:
If Craig does call it a day after Spectre, he at least matched the same number of Bond films as his predecessor as both he and Pierce Brosnan appeared in four films as the British super-spy. You can check out the service record of each James Bond actor below:
- Sean Connery (6 official Bond films): Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967) and Diamonds Are Forever (1969).
- George Lazenby (1 Bond film): On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
- Roger Moore (7 Bond films): Live and Let Die (1973), The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View To A Kill (1985).
- Timothy Dalton (2 Bond films): The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989).
- Pierce Brosnan (4 Bond films): GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002).
- Daniel Craig (4 Bond films): Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).
Considering Craig is the most lucrative Bond to date, I can imagine MGM will want him to hang around for as long as possible. Indeed, rumor has it that he is in fact signed on to appear in one more Bond film, although from the sounds of his quote, this might not be the case.
In any case, his statement is sure to get people chatting about who could replace him as 007. Idris Elba certainly seems to be fan favorite front-runner, but do you have your own ideas? Let us know below.