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Daniel Craig committed to Bond for as long as possible

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale

Story by Jack Foley

DANIEL Craig has moved to quash rumours surrounding the casting of the next James Bond by pledging his commitment to the role for the foreseeable future.

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine, the current 007 maintained he had no intention of giving up the role just yet and reiterated that he is contracted for at least one more movie yet.

His comments follow widespread speculation surrounding the identity of the next actor to play Bond, with Idris Elba widely predicted to become the first black actor to portray the iconic character. Homeland’s Damian Lewis is also currently the bookie’s favourite to replace Craig, while Tom Hardy has also moved into contention.

But Craig suggested that talk of a replacement was premature, citing his continued commitment to remaining fit enough to play the role as evidence of his passion for the character.

“I work myself to death,” he said: “It’s getting harder. But such is life. I’ll keep going as long as I’m physically able.”

He then added: “I’m contracted for one more – but I’m not going to make predictions.”

Spectre, which opens later this month (October) will mark Craig’s fourth Bond film in nine years as 007, after first being cast in 2006’s Casino Royale.

He is under contract to make at least one more.

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