James Bond producer says Daniel Craig is the 'first choice' for next 007 movie

It sounds like no one really knows if Daniel Craig is coming back to play James Bond.

In a chat with the BBC on Friday, Callum McDougall, who has been an executive producer on the last four Bond movies, says that he “wish he knew” if Craig was coming back but that he is definitely the franchises “first choice.”

“We love Daniel,” said McDougall, according to Variety. “We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely [franchise producers] Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back.”

Business Insider reached out to MGM for comment but did not receive an immediate response.

Speculation on whether Craig will return for a fifth time as 007 has been floating around the internet since the last Bond movie, “Spectre,” opened in 2015. It took in over $880 million worldwide at the box office.

Craig has not commented about his plans going forward as Bond, however, when doing press for “Spectre” he said he’d rather “slit my wrists” than play the character again.

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