Daniel Craig is reportedly set to call time on his role as James Bond.
Craig has portrayed iconic fictional secret agent James Bond in four films since 2006, appearing inCasino Royale, 2008’s Quantum of Solace, 2012’s Skyfall and last year’s Spectre.
Rumours of Craig’s possible departure from the Bond franchise have intensified recently after it was reported that he has landed a new TV role, set to appear in a 20-episode adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s novel ‘Purity’.
Now fellow actor, and close friend of Craig’s, Mark Strong has hinted to ShortList that Craig won’t appear in another Bond movie.
“I’d have loved to have played the villain in a Bond movie while Daniel was doing it because he’s a pal and that would have been great,” Strong is quoted as saying.
He continued: “But I think he’s come to the end of his Bond time and so it’s probably never going to happen… I think he feels like he’s mined it. He’s done what he wants with it. He has been [wonderful] and he’s loved it.”
Meanwhile, Fawlty Towers star John Cleese referred to Craig as a “little Welsh bandy-legged guy” in a new interview.
Cleese spoke to Australia’s The Morning Show, labelling Craig a “little Welsh bandy-legged guy”, alluding to his height and Welsh ancestry, while adding: “He’s simply not tall enough and he certainly didn’t go to Eton.” Watch the clip above.
Cleese starred in two Bond films himself (1999’s The World Is Not Enough and 2002’s Die Another Day).
The reviews for Craig’s latest Bond film Spectre were less positive than those for the actor’s previous outing as 007, 2012’s Skyfall. Spectre also failed to match Skyfall at the box office, grossing $879 million (£607 million) globally compared to the earlier film’s $1.11 billion (£770 million).