Daniel Craig is currently in the middle of shooting his third James Bond film Skyfall with director Sam Mendes. It won't be the last time we see Craig play 007 though! It's recently been revealed that the actor signed on to five Bond films, so Bond 24 and 25 will also star Craig, and maybe even more if he still feels like doing them! Producer Michael G. Wilson previously said that he hopes Craig will go on to be the longest serving actor in the role. MI6 reports,
Sony Pictures, who through a new co-financing deal with MGM, are also set to continue their relationship that started with Casino Royale in to Bond 24. Studio executives have been alluding to a return to the two-year cycle to produce the 007 adventures, which would peg Bond 24 as a late 2014 release.
I think Craig has made a great Bond, and I'll always support him as the character as long as he plays him. It will be interesting to see who ends up filling his shoes once he's ready to move on from it. EON productions has already started writing up screenwriting contracts for Craig's next two Bond movies, and I can't wait to see what's in store for the character after Skyfall!
How long would you like Craig to play Bond for?
Here's a brief history of the Bond movies:
Sean Connery originally signed up to play 007 in six films starting with "Dr No' (1962), but was released from his contract one film early following "You Only Live Twice" (1967). George Lazenby was then cast as the first replacement, completing "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969) before walking away from a contract for more. Connery was lured back to the role for "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971) and a record fee of £1.25 million which he donated to charity. Roger Moore then took the helm with "Live And Let Die" (1973), the third successive film in the series that had a change in the lead role. Moore steadied the ship and went on to complete a record total of seven outings, culminating in "A View To A Kill" (1985). His contract was originally for four films, but Moore and Broccoli negotiated on a per-film basis thereafter. Timothy Dalton, who had been previously considered for the role, was cast for three films, starting with "The Living Daylights" (1987). After "Licence To Kill" (1989), a six year hiatus followed due to studio legal disputes, leaving Dalton walked away from a possible third film. Pierce Brosnan - who had narrowly missed out on the role in 1987 due to an NBC contract renewal - debuted as 007 in "GoldenEye" (1995). His tenure was set for three films with an option for a fourth, which he completed with "Die Another Day" in 2002. Brosnan was not recalled, and after a four year break, Daniel Craig made his debut in "Casino Royale" (2006).