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Despite saying he’d rather “slash [his] wrists” than play Bond again, Daniel Craig has fans thinking he could be sticking with the franchise after all.

Just one month on from sources claiming the actor could get $150 million to reprise the coveted role, Daniel seems to have changed his tune on 007.

Speaking at the New Yorker festival over the weekend, the 48-year-old said: “I’ve got the best job in the world doing Bond. The things I get to do on a Bond movie and the type of work it is, there’s no other job like it.”

Furthering the suggestion that he could appear in a fifth James Bond movie, he continued: “I love this job.  I get a massive kick out of it.  And if I can keep getting a kick out of it, I will.”

Bond executive producers recently told the BBC that despite the likes of Tom Hiddleston and James Norton expressing an interest in playing the spy, Daniel is still “absolutely the first choice”.

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Late last year Daniel Craig confessed in the bluntest of terms that he was more than ready to hang up his Bond boots once Spectre hit screens.

But despite the actor’s obvious lack of interest in the role – and the fact that everyone from Tom Hiddleston to James Norton is mad only to become his successor – it seems Bond bosses still only have eyes for Dan.

According to The Express, the good people at Sony Studios are willing to offer the 48-year-old actor $150 million for his part in playing the famous spy just twice more.

A source said the British actor “has played a genius hand” by publicly dismissing the part, as in doing so he has made Bond producers desperate to have him reprise the leading role.

The source revealed: “The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor.”

“Everyone knows how much executives adore him, and the idea of losing him at such a crucial time in the franchise isn’t an option as far as all the studio honchos are concerned.”

By the sounds of things the studio will not be taking no for an answer if they can avoid it as the source explained “they’re prepared to pay a king’s ransom” to convince Daniel to get involved.

“Then they will shoot two more films, which will be made virtually back-to-back, preferably featuring Daniel as 007 before he passes the figurative baton to someone else for a third movie that will mark the start of the new era,” they continued.

While it is still unclear as to whether or not Daniel will change his mind, for $150 mil if he doesn’t want the part we’d be more than happy to take it.

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As if rocking a role in Netflix’s hit prison series Orange Is The New Black isn’t badass enough, Aussie actress Ruby Rose now wants get in on some James Bond action.

Yesterday the 30-year-old model jokingly shared her ambition online when she posted a tattooed bikini pic on Instagram.

In the very Halle Berry-esque snap Ruby can be seen emerging from crystal clear waters in a blue and white printed bikini with her hair perfectly slicked back.

 

 

I'd like to be the next Bond girl please, I've been practicing all week haha

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Alongside the pic the actress wrote: “I’d like to be the next Bond girl please, I’ve been practicing all week haha.”

The comment may have been meant in tongue-in-cheek fashion, but that hasn’t stopped Ruby’s followers from jumping on the Bond bandwagon with comments like “Never mind Bond girl, you’d make a great Bond” and “That would be an amazing movie” being echoed throughout the thread.

 

 

 We’re with the fans on this one: Ruby for Bond all the way.

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James Norton is now the most hotly tipped actor to replace Daniel Craig as the legendary secret agent James Bond.

According to the Metro, the Happy Valley star is now at 1/3 odds to play 007 in the Paddy Power betting stakes.

This puts him ahead of former favourites Tom Hiddleston (now 9/2) and Irish actor Aiden Turner (7/4) whose position in the Bond running has dropped after the BBC announced another series of Poldark in which he stars.

Norton has shot to the top of the potential Bond list – which also includes Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender – after being 33/1 just six weeks ago.

The 30-year-old British actor has previously appeared in Dr Who, War & Peace and the movie An Education.

A Paddy Power spokesperson told the Metro: “We’ve barely had any bets on Norton to be the next Bond…We thought the first this morning was like a hopeful roulette spin in Casino Royale.”

“However, after a sudden sequence of follow-up punts, we’re starting to suspect that we’re dealing with a Dr In The Know – so the odds have Skyfall-en.”

So many Bond puns, so little time.

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We all know that British actor Tom Hiddleston is devastatingly handsome and effortlessly debonair so it's really no wonder that fans are angling for him to play James Bond in the next instalment of films. 

Rumours have been flying for months now that Spectre would in fact be Daniel Craig's last film in the series, leaving the covetable part up for grabs. 

And it really is no surprise that Tom's name is on everyone's lips (well no surprise to everyone but him).

"I don't know honestly if I have a shot, but it's flattering that some people think I do," said the 35-year-old to E! News. 

"I think Daniel Craig has been one of the very best and I bet he [will do] more."

Despite not being convinced that Daniel is leaving, the actor holds a special appreciation for Bond movies. 

"When I was a child, when I was five years old, I remember very clearly on the BBC, they used to play reruns of the Sean Connery and Roger Moore Bonds every Saturday night. 

"It was a thrill that my parents let me stay up past my bedtime to watch it. God forbid you got back to school on Monday and you didn't because that's all people would talk about in the playground."

And it seems that Tom is even well seasoned for the role as he plays a British spy in the upcoming film, the Night Manager. 

Irish actor Aidan Turner has also been rumoured to be in the running for the Bond role (if it's even up for grabs that is). 

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Irish native Aidan Turner is reportedly in talks to land the coveted role of James Bond in the next series of the popular spy films. 

The role is currently manned by English actor Daniel Craig who is believed to have left the role after being at the helm of four movies. 

The 32-year-old Dublin man became a bona fide heartthrob after his role as Ross Poldark in the hit BBC reboot show and it seems that this feat has not gone unnoticed. 

"Aidan has held preliminary talks with Bond producers and being in LA will give him a further chance to discuss the role," a source has told the Sun. 

Karen Thrussell, a producer for Poldark, also had some cryptic things to say about the actor's chances of landing the role. 

"I am sure it has nothing to do with James Bond, but we shall see."

Yeah Karen, that has only convinced us that he is in the running for the notorious part. 

Aidan recently took home the Television Impact  gong at the National Television Awards for his role in Poldark. 

If he lands the role, he will be the second Irish man to fill Bond's big shoes after Pierce Brosnan. 

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In a rare break away from royal dinners and community appearances, Kate Middleton and Prince William took to the red carpet in London last night for the premiere of Spectre.

Wearing one of her favourite designers, Jenny Packham, the Duchess embraced the glamour of the evening by going for a style that was certainly more daring than usual.

Her sheer duck-egg blue gown featured a draped neckline and an open back, but Kate worked the sexy look like a pro. 

The dress, with its embellished waistband and sleeves, was teamed with some seriously high-class accessories – glittering gold Jimmy Choo stilettos and Robinson Pelham diamond earrings worth a staggering €20,000.

Also in attendance at the CTBF Royal Film Performance was Prince Harry, who spent some time getting to know Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz.

Despite arriving on the arms of his co-stars Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, Daniel couldn't keep his hands off Rachel, stopping to cuddle and kiss her on the way into the theatre.

Even when she's not wowing at red carpet events, Kate still manages to be very on-trend indeed – earlier in the weekend she rocked a space print Tabitha Webb dress that will no doubt sell out over the next few days.

When it comes to style, our Kate can do no wrong it seems.

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Daniel Craig is Bond through-and-through, as he showed during a recent interview when he shut down a reporter with nothing more than an icy stare.

ITV's Sarah Powell was chatting to Daniel ahead of the release of Spectre when she asked him to do his signature Bond "pout."

Fans of the film franchise will know of Daniel's intense, pouty-lipped look, but it seems Daniel himself wasn't aware of the hype he'd created.

Probably because that pout is actually just… his normal face:

So when Sarah repeatedly asked Daniel to "do the pout," he was none to happy.

At first he gently refused, but once she brought it up again, she was swiftly told, "I think you need to move on."

Ouch. Check out the cringe-inducing clip above.

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It was a good day yesterday for Sam Smith! The singer broke not one, but TWO Guinness World Records for his music. 

Mr Smith went along to the headquarters of Guinness World Records to be presented with the prestigious titles. 

They include the first Bond theme tune to reach number 1 in the UK charts and for a debut album to remain in the top ten for 69 consecutive weeks. 

Previously, only two James Bond songs had climbed to number 2 in the charts, Duran Duran's A View To Kill and Adele's Skyfall in 2012.

The previous record for the top ten album charts was held by Emeli Sandé for Our Version of Events, which stood in the top ten for 66 weeks.

 

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Daniel Craig is apparently more than ready to hand over his James Bond title.

His fourth turn at portraying the iconic spy Spectre will be released this month. While some would think that it might be difficult to hand over the role and see someone else take over, Daniel is actually kind of over it.

When asked how he would feel about doing another Bond film, his answer was pretty straight forward:

“I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment."

He told Time Out London that his “over it at the moment” and all he really wants to do it “move on”.

He first took on the role back in 2006 and the 47-year old believe that at this point the creative drive for the film franchise has run “dry”.

"If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money," he added.

He still believes it was “ludicrous” that he was cast in the role in the first place and isn’t entirely sure where the next films could go- “space, maybe?” was his suggestion.

He also is not at all interested in the great big internet debate about who will take over after he steps back from the franchise.

“Look, I don't give a f—. Good luck to them!" he said.

"All I care about is that if I stop doing these things we've left it in a good place and people pick it up and make it better.”

Does he have any advice for the next 007?

“Embrace it. Some clichéd line like that. But no, just make sure you're great.”

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We're on the verge of a brand new James Bond: Spectre will hit cinemas at the end of the next month.

And after the success of Skyfall in 2012, it's certainly highly anticipated by fans of the Ian Fleming franchise.

However, rumour is also abound that the 2015 release will represent Daniel Craig's fourth and final portrayal of the iconic British spy.

The likes of Londoner Idris Elba and Kerryman Michael Fassbender have already been linked to the role, but if recent reports are to be believed, it seems that producers already have their heart set on another candidate: Damian Lewis of Homeland fame.

The Sunday Mirror claimed yesterday that the 44-year-old has been given an "unofficial nod" from producers of the movies, and that he is very much their first choice.

A source told the paper: "If Daniel Craig leaves, it's Damian Lewis who will be crowned the Bond.

"He is seen as an all-round international star who is perfect for the role. As he ages, he looks increasingly suave and sophisticated.

"Bond bosses are now convinced Damian is their man."

However, it is the fans themselves that might need more convincing. 

"No!!!!! Cannot see that working. He has zero charisma. Idris Elba would be the best choice," stated one emphatically, while others said that his ginger hair alone would rendered him unsuitable.

Although, as another highlighted, Mr Craig leaves big shoes to fill: "Daniel Craig had done such a good job whoever follows him has an almost impossible task," they offered. 

 

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Over the past few months, there have been numerous rumours of who will take on the roll as the new James Bond.

But over the past five decades, six actors have stepped into the boots of the 007 agent.

Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have all portrayed the courteous and courageous secret agent in over 24 Bond movies.

With Spectre due to be released later this year, we look back at the actors who nearly made the cut.

Michael Caine

After Connery departed in 1967, Michael Caine was up to play the secret agent. According to BBC America, Michael was anxious he would be typecast after he played a spy in The Ipcress File. The role went to George Lazenby for a one movie stint; and back to Sean Connery for the two films to follow.

 

Clint Eastwood

We think Clint would have been a good one! The actor was another favourite up to play the iconic role after Sean Connery, but later turned it down. Talking to the Daily Mail he said, "I was offered pretty good money to do James Bond if I would take on the role. But to me, well, that was somebody else’s gig. That’s Sean’s deal.”

 

Mel Gibson

Mel was turned down to play the part after reports of him being too small and too famous. Former screenwriter for Bond movies, Tom Mankiewicz admitted to the press that he was told by one of the producers, "I don’t want to make a Mel Gibson movie; I want to make a James Bond movie.” Tough luck Mel.

 

Liam Neeson

Ah, our favourite action hero's of all time. Liam was offered the role over twenty years ago but turned it down because of his late wife! Natasha Richardson told the actor that is he accepted the role, she would refuse to marry him. We do like a man that listens to his wife.

 

Hugh Jackman

Hugh admitted that playing the role of James Bond was not an easy one to give up. When he was offered the part over eight years ago, he turned it down because he was just about to film X-Men 2.

 

Henry Cavill

Henry nearly achieved the role in Casino Royale but ultimately he was viewed as too young, and the part went to Daniel Craig. In a post written on the British actor's website, he wrote, “I obviously wasn’t right for Bond."

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