Although Daniel Craig made remarks last year that suggested he was well and done with the James Bond franchise, reports from earlier this month suggested Eon Productions were trying to lure him back by pulling a dump truck filled with money up to his front door (initial reports pegged the figure at $150 million, but some insiders have claimed that figure is false). Now, an executive producer who has worked on all four of Craig’s Bond films has weighed into the discussion and while she doesn’t mention anything about that giant payday, she does have something to say regarding Eon’s interest in Craig for future entries in the franchise.
Speaking on the UK’s BBC Radio 4 earlier today, Callum McDougall states that Craig is “absolutely the first choice” for Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, who currently run Eon. When asked whether or not Craig has signed on to reprise the role, McDougall said: “I wish I knew. We love Daniel. We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back.”
Since the last Bond film, Spectre, was released last November, there has been all sorts of speculation over who might take over for Craig if he were to decide not to come back, with Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Jamie Bell being the most heavily rumored names in consideration for the role. If McDougall’s recent statements are correct, than it looks like the decision falls squarely on Craig’s shoulders as to whether he plays Bond for the fifth time or lets another actor take over the role.