It's widely expected that No Time to Die will be Daniel Craig's final performance as the legendary James Bond character, but that might not quite end up being the case.
Craig, who will have portrayed Bond in five of the films, is expected to pass on the role to someone else following No Time to Die, slated to be released in April 2020. But others involved in the Bond film series don't seem to think that the film will mark Craig's swan song as the British secret agent.
According to Ross King of GMB (h/t Daily Express), Bond movie series producer Barbara Broccoli would like Craig to portray 007 for a sixth time.
"When I was asking her about it (being Daniel’s final Bond film), she said, ‘I’m in complete denial,'"King said. She is a very powerful lady, as we all know. Maybe don’t count out the fact that he might come back for just one more."
And in an interview with The Independent, Naomie Harris - who portrays Moneypenny - suggested that Craig could do another Bond film. She said he "has never said that" that No Time to Die could mark his final performance as 007.
There have been reports that the James Bond role will be passed on to a female, an idea endorsed by Pierce Brosnan - who starred as 007 in four movies. Idris Elba and Tom Hardy are among the many actors who have also been rumored to take over the role, should Craig relinquish it.
Brosnan's final performance as Bond took place in Die Another Day (2002). Craig took over the role for Casino Royale (2006), and he reprised it in Quantom of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).
Sean Connery and the late Roger Moore share the record for most Bond film portrayals with seven apiece. For Connery, it began with with Dr. No (1962) and ended with Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
Moore's first Bond role took place for Live and Let Die (1973). His final portrayal of the character came in A View to a Kill (1985), before Timothy Dalton took over the role. The latter performed Bond in The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989).