Daniel Craig’s status as James Bond has been the subject of gossip since Spectre premiered, as the actor seemed, shall we say, unenthusiastic with the prospect of donning the tuxedo once again. After giving a few gloriously No Fucks Given interviews, including one where he called Bond a misogynist and claimed he’d rather ‘slash my wrists’ than take on the part again, the speculation for his replacement began. Favourites for the part included Idris Elba - of course - Tom Hardy, Damian Lewis, James Norton, and most recently Michael Fassbender. Tom Hiddleston seemed to be in the running for a while but then the Summer of Hiddleswift happened and the tank-top to taint all reputations made an appearance.
The thing about all this is that Craig’s position was never really in doubt due to the final film remaining on his contract with the franchise. He may have grumbled - then eventually backtracked by calling the gig ‘the best job in the world’ - but he’s too big an asset to lose. And it looks like he’s not going anywhere, as two sources confirmed to The New York Times that Craig’s return is a ‘done deal’. No other information has been given on the next film in the series, although it’s assumed Sam Mendes won’t return for director duties. If this is Craig’s swansong as Bond, I kind of hope he just rolls through the film not giving a fuck. Let him have his A View To a Kill and end his tenure with a glorious catastrophe. Perhaps just film him Scrooge McDuck-ing his way through the piles of money he made playing the role.
As for replacements after Craig, the cards are still at the table. My choice: Chiwetel Ejiofor!