Daniel Craig Reportedly Wanted for Five More James Bond Sequels
Audiences won't see the return of James Bond to the big screen until Daniel Craig reprises his role as Agent 007 in Skyfall, the sequel currently shooting overseas with a planned release in November of 2012, but there's already talk about the British actor staying on duty for several more films, and making a historical impression on the franchise. People.co.uk (via ComingSoon) recently spoke to Bond franchise produce Michael G. Wilson who said that he would like Craig's run on Her Majesty's Secret Service to last a total of eight films, just long enough to surpass Roger Moore's current record of starring in seven total films.
Nothing is set in stone yet as Wilson merely says, "It’s certainly something we’ll be discussing with him once we finish shooting Skyfall," but it sounds like Wilson is adamant about keeping Craig in action for awhile:
“Daniel’s been a terrific Bond, a superb actor and a terrific man. The fans love him and I don’t think there’s a better actor to play the part. Filming has gone very well so far and I’d love Daniel to surpass Roger’s record and do eight pictures. Daniel’s been an absolute pleasure to be around because he takes the role so seriously. There’s really no one more passionate about making these films work than him – he’s a film maker’s dream. A lot of people have said Daniel’s been their favorite Bond since Sean Connery and I can’t argue with them. He’s doing a great job."
Obviously it helps to give nothing but praise to Craig when you want him back for five more films, but it's hard to disagree with his remarks. These new Bond films are the most gritty and grounded in the franchise, so this is a much different James Bond than the likes of Sean Connery and Roger Moore brought to the big screen, but his performance has been spectacular, even if Quantum of Solace wasn't all that great of a sequel to Casino Royale. Of course, a five picture deal is quite a daunting proposal, and who knows if Craig is willing to make that kind of commitment. In the meantime, well just have to stay excited for Skyfall.