Daniel Craig on future as James Bond: 'I'll keep going as long as I'm physically able'

Actor will make his fourth appearance as 007 in this month's 'Spectre'

Daniel Craig has spoken about his future as James Bond.

Craig, 47, will make his fourth appearance as 007 in this year's Spectre, which is set for release in UK cinemas on October 26 before opening worldwide on November 6. He remains three films behind the most prolific Bonds, Sean Connery and Roger Moore, who each portrayed Ian Fleming's iconic secret agent in seven films.

Asked how long he can continue playing the physically demanding role, Craig told the Mail on Sunday: "I work myself to death. It's getting harder. But such is life. I'll keep going as long as I'm physically able."

He added: "'I'm contracted for one more [Bond film after Spectre] – but I'm not going to make predictions."

Damian Lewis is currently bookmakers' favourite to take over from Daniel Craig as Bond, with Tom Hardy and Idris Elba also hotly tipped for the role. Pierce Brosnan recently predicted that the next Bond will be another white male actor, but added: "There's wonderful black actors out there who could be James Bond, and there's no reason why you cannot have a black James Bond."

However, Brosnan ruled out the possibility of Bond being portrayed as female, saying: "I think it has to be male. James Bond is a guy, he's all male. His name is James, his name is James Bond."

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