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Mr. No

Daniel Craig might not be returning to play James Bond

According to unofficial sources originally quoted in the Daily Mail, Daniel Craig's days of fictional espionage might be numbered. The sources say the actor has declined to reprise his role as James Bond in future installments of the franchise, despite being offered the equivalent of almost $100 million (£68 million) to star in the series' next two films.

“Daniel is done — pure and simple," one L.A. film source said, adding that Craig had told people SPECTRE would be his final performance after the movie finished shooting, though production company MGM hopes a lucrative offer might entice him back.

While the reports and ensuing bout of internet speculation may ultimately not amount to anything more than gossip, Craig himself has been lukewarm on the subject in the past, telling Time Out back in 2015 that he'd "rather slash my wrists" than do another Bond movie.

As for who his replacement will be, various swoon-worthy internet boyfriends such as Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba are favorites among the bookies. Whoever the next Bond may be, he probably shouldn't get his hopes up for any words of wisdom from his predecessor. When asked if he cared about who would replace him, Craig didn't mince words: "Look, I don’t give a f--k. Good luck to them!"