JAMES Norton, Richard Madden and Jack Lowden are all in the frame to be the next James Bond – but they might have a wait.
Despite years of saying the upcoming No Time To Die would be his fifth and final outing as 007, Daniel Craig appears to have had a change of heart.
He has asked the PR team behind the next movie not to “aggressively market it as his final Bond”.
A well-placed movie source said: “I don’t think Daniel is finished with James Bond, despite his previous claims.
“He was in this same position four years ago after Spectre came out, where he said publicly and loudly that he was done and then, as time passed, he just wasn’t.
NOT A ‘FINALE’
“There is something about this part that scratches an itch and he’s not prepared to see it go to another actor yet.
“It’s all going to come down to how No Time To Die is received by the public and if it can become the highest-grossing film in the series.
“If it does, I think Daniel will be good for one more movie. He’s hedging that bet by asking for it not be marketed as a ‘finale’.”
After 2015’s Spectre he said he would “rather slash my wrists” than return to the role he first played in 2006’s Casino Royale.
Latest flick No Time To Die has been dogged by production problems and on Wednesday it was announced that its release had been put back from next month to November.
At least the next film couldn’t possibly run into as many difficulties as this one . . .
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