THE world may be speculating who the next James Bond will be, following current 007 Daniel Craig's assertion in 2015 that he wanted to "move on" (he also said that he would rather slash his wrists than resume the role), however the guessing game may be premature if his co-star Naomie Harris's latest comments on the subject come to fruition.
"I really don't think that they've moved on from Daniel," Harris, who has twice played Moneypenny, told reporters about the producers of the iconic franchise after she collected her OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace yesterday. "I think there's a very good chance that Daniel will come back. I think it's way too early to be thinking about other people at this stage," she continued, adding: "If I was going to bet, that's the way I would bet."
Speaking of betting, guesswork around the next star of the film has been keeping the bookies buoyant ever since Craig's comments. Currently, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy are neck and neck with odds of 5/2 to take the role, however the commercial clout that Craig brings to the table though would be a hard act to follow at the box office.
"I think the fact that the last two Bonds - Spectre and Skyfall - have been the highest-grossing Bond movies of all time shows that people love him as Bond, and they desperately want him to return," continued Harris. "And I don't think Daniel is immune to that as well, I think he's very aware of that, so I think that adds an extra level of pressure. But he has to ultimately do what feels right to him. But I know that we, as a cast, collectively want him back. I know that Barbara and Michael - our producers - desperately want him back, so I think the only person that needs persuading is Daniel."
If Craig does decide to hand in his secret-agent status, there's nothing to rule out his replacement being a woman. Multiple actresses have expressed an interested in taking on the role - prompting us to naturally call out the stars we see as possible contenders: