James Bond actor Daniel Craig previously said he was leaving the franchise after the release of the previous film Spectre but ended up coming back for a fifth outing in No Time To Die. Now, despite his insistence he’s done with the character, an insider has claimed he could return once more.
“I don’t think Daniel is finished with James Bond,” a source told The Sun.
“He was in the 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.
“There is something about this part that scratches an itch and he’s not prepared to see it go to another actor yet,” the insider said.
It appears Craig might be basing his final decision on whether or not No Time To Die is his last Bond film on how well it performs at the box office and with critics
READ MORE: NO TIME TO DIE POSTPONED RELEASE ENRAGES JAMES BOND FANS
James Bond: No Time To Die star Daniel Craig could be set to return for another movie
James Bond: No Time To Die is set to be Daniel Craig’s fifth and final film – or is it?
The source claimed “it’s going to come down” to if the upcoming movie can become the highest-grossing of the series.
They added: “I think Daniel will be good for one more movie.”
The insider also said Craig was asking that No Time To Die not be marketed as a “finale”, just in case.
Could Bond 26 be his sixth film as the iconic spy?
Craig is the longest-serving Bond star to date, having succeeded Pierce Brosnan 14 years ago.
Though rumours have surfaced he might not be prepared to let the part go to another actor quite yet, there is a long line of talent jostling to take over the position.
Happy Valley and Grantchester star James Norton is the current favourite to star in Bond 26 after Craig steps down — if he does — and is priced at 2/1 by Ladbrokes.
Richard Madden is second in the running with bookies, priced at 3/1, while War & Peace actor Jack Lowden is at 6/1.
NEW James Bond: Tom Hardy and Idris Elba BETTER bets than James Norton? [EXCUSIVE]
No Time To Die shock: James Bond fans spot HUGE Dr No hint in poster [THEORY]
James Bond No Time To Die: Rami Malek villain’s Thanos-like EVIL plan? [ANALYSIS]
The film which, as it stands, is due to be Craig’s last as Bond, No Time To Die, will see the character retired from active service.
Bond will be enjoying the quiet life in Jamaica when he gets a visit from an old friend, CIA agent Felix Leiter (played by Jeffrey Wright).
Leiter gets him back in the field by telling him he’s the only one he can trust to help rescue a kidnapped scientist.
The mission takes Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain who’s armed with a highly dangerous new technology.
If he is to say goodbye to Bond with No Time To Die, Craig will have to wait a bit longer to hand over the reigns to the next actor.
This week, the film’s release date was pushed back by seven months, from April 2 to November 12, due to growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement, Bond bosses said: “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that advert careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of No Time To Die will be postponed until November 2020.
“The film will now be released in the UK on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the US launch on November 25, 2020.