Bond boss Barbara Broccoli has confirmed No Time To Die will be Daniel Craig’s last time playing 007.
The actor previously expressed his desire to quit the franchise, but his departure from the role was never confirmed – until now.
Speaking on the No Time To Die podcast, Barbara told fans that the upcoming film will be Daniel’s “fifth and final” time playing James Bond.
Barbara said: “We consider this film to be a classic Bond film but with a modern twist.”
“It’s also vitally important because it is the fifth and final one that Daniel Craig is going to be doing, so it’s a culmination of everything his portrayal of the character has been through and it ties up all the storylines. It’s a pretty epic film, I have to say.”
The 52-year-old, who has played James Bond since 2006, spoke about leaving the franchise last year.
However, fans questioned whether he was really quitting the role earlier this year, after movie insiders claimed he wasn’t done playing Bond.
Back in March, a source told The Sun: “I don’t think Daniel is finished with James Bond, despite his previous claims. He was in this same position 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 news comes amid reports Tom Hardy has been cast as the next James Bond, after auditioning for the role earlier this year.
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