Daniel Craig is ‘absolutely first choice’ to play James Bond, says excecutive producer

Callum McDougall says Bond team want Craig to carry on as 007

Daniel Craig remains first choice to play James Bond, according to the franchise’s Executive Producer.

Callum McDougall told Radio 4’s Today that Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson remained positive that they will be able to persuade Craig to appear in another film.

McDougall said: “He is absolutely the first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back.” Asked who would replace Craig if the actor decided against returning as 007, the executive replied: “I wish I knew.”

Starting with Casino Royale in 2006, Craig has played Bond in four films. But the actor has been openly reluctant since Skyfall in 2012 to commit himself to making more movies. While promoting Spectre in 2015, Craig told the BBC that he’d “rather slash my wrists” than play the spy in a fifth film.

There has been constant speculation ever since as to who would take over as Bond from Craig, who is the seventh actor to play Bond across the franchise’s 26th films. Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Aidan Turner have been the actors most often linked with the role.

McDougall was speaking to Today to promote the 80th anniversary of Pinewood Studios, where James Bond films have been shot since he first appeared on screen played by Sean Connery in Dr No in 1962.

Other films made at Pinewood include Star Wars, Superman, Harry Potter and the Carry On series.