Daniel Craig will portray the iconic James Bond character one last time in the upcoming film, No Time to Die - which is slated to be released in April 2020.
Amid rumors that Craig was done playing the beloved British spy following Spectre (2015), the 51-year-old decided to sign up for the milestone 25th film in the Bond film series. Then, the film industry will have to find an eighth person to portray 007.
Many film stars have been rumored to take over as the next Bond, and some reports suggest that a woman could replace Craig as 007. There's obviously a long list to choose from, but Game of Thrones star Sean Bean has a special somebody in mind to take over as the next Bond.
"Richard Madden's got everything required to play the role," Bean said. "He's strong, he's masculine and he's also got a soft underbelly. He's vulnerable. And he's good looking, and Scottish. I always sensed he was a very fine actor. He had a lot of presence. You could see he had a lot of stuff going for him. But they were all very, very good."
Bean certainly has a strong idea of which actors are capable of portraying Bond. After all, he did star as Alec Trevelyan in the 1995 Bond film, GoldenEye. That was Pierce Brosnan's first portrayal of Bond, replacing Timothy Dalton.
Brosnan played Bond in four films: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. Brosnan was replaced by Craig - who first portrayed Bond in Casino Royale (2006).
Following the success of Casino Royale, Craig performed as Bond in Quantom of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), and the aforementioned Spectre. But all good things must come to an end, and Craig's run as 007 is no different.
As noted by Digital Spy, the likes of Tom Hardy, Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston have been rumored as potential successors to Craig. There's absolutely no shortage of quality candidates to replace Craig. As such, it could be a while until we found out who the next Bond will be.