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Daniel Craig Is Still 'First Choice' to Play James Bond

James Bond producers want Daniel Craig back in the title role!

While speaking with UK’s BBC Radio 4 Today, executive producer Callum McDougall was asked if they knew who the new Bond would be.

“I wish I knew. We love Daniel. We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back,” Callum said (via Deadline).

Callum also added that Daniel is “absolutely the first choice.”

James has starred as James Bond in Casino Royal, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. There’s been speculation as to who will be playing Bond in the next films.

Emilia Clarke Wants to Play James Bond with Leonardo DiCaprio as Her Leading Man!

Emilia Clarke made a big reveal that she wants to play the female equivalent of James Bond, named Jane Bond!

“I have a lot of unrealized dreams. I would love to play Jane Bond,” the 29-year-old actress told UK’s Daily Star. Emilia didn’t stop there…she also named who she’d like to be her leading man co-star.

“My ultimate leading man would be Leonardo DiCaprio. No doubt about it,” Emilia added.

News of Emilia‘s interest in the role comes after lots of women have been named on social media and other sites. Gillian Anderson, Elizabeth Banks, and more have all been thought of as great replacements for Daniel Craig in the franchise.

Sam Mendes Says James Bond Movies Need a New Director

It looks like the producers of the James Bond films might need to look for more than just a new star as director Sam Mendes doesn’t plan on returning to the franchise.

The director helmed the previous two movies, Skyfall and Spectre, to great acclaim.

“I’m a storyteller and at the end of the day I want to make stories with new characters,” Sam said (via The Telegraph). “I also believe there are directors out there who can do the job every bit as well as me. And like me with Skyfall, it should come from a slightly unexpected direction. It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it. It was a privilege, all the experiences were gobsmacking for me, but I think it’s time for somebody else to do a great job.”

Sam also talked about Daniel Craig possibly being replaced by a new actor.

“There’s this constant debate about who’s going to be the next Bond,” Sam said. “The truth is – and here’s the headline: it’s not a democracy. It’s not the X Factor, it’s not the EU referendum, it’s not a public vote. Barbara Broccoli chooses who’s going to be the next Bond: end of story. Without that, there would be no Daniel Craig because public support for Daniel was zero. It was her saying ‘that man over there is going to change the whole thing, I’m going to cast him.’”

Idris Elba Will Play James Bond If It's 'The Will of the Nation'

Idris Elba steps out of BBC Studios after promoting his new movie The Jungle Book on Wednesday (March 23) in London, England.

One question that the 43-year-old actor can’t seem to escape is if he will be playing the role of James Bond in the franchise’s upcoming movie.

“It’s all rumor-ville… I’m not speaking to the James Bond people, and they’re not speaking to me,” Idris told Hello. “If human beings want to know if there’s any connectivity between all of us, the one thing I’ve heard around the world universally is, ‘You’ll be great as James Bond.’”

“So if it was to happen, there you go – the will of the nation,” Idris added.

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Tom Hiddleston as James Bond? He's Open to Playing the Role!

With Daniel Craig‘s future in the James Bond franchise still in question, there is buzz over who could possibly take over the coveted role.

Tom Hiddleston was just asked by the Sunday Times if he would be open to playing the action hero.

“I simply love the theme tune, the tropes and the mythology,” Tom told the paper. “I love the whole thing. If it ever came knocking, it would be an extraordinary opportunity. And I’m very aware of the physicality of the job. I would not take it lightly.”

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Sam Smith Performs James Bond Song at Oscars 2016 (Video)

Sam Smith takes to the stage for his performance of “Writing’s On the Wall” at the 2016 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday (February 28) in Hollywood.

The 23-year-old singer is nominated for Best Original Song for writing the song from the movie Spectre with songwriter Jimmy Napes.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Sam Smith

Sam hit the red carpet earlier in the night and showed off his incredible weight loss while looking super slim in his tuxedo.

Watch the performance below!

FYI: Sam is wearing dunhill.

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Elizabeth Banks Reveals Her Dream Role: James Bond!

Elizabeth Banks has revealed that her dream role is James Bond!

The 41-year-old actress is featured on the cover of EW‘s Beyond Beautiful issue alongside Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, and Eva Longoria. The ladies were all asked to say who they’d like to play on screen.

“I would like to be James Bond,” Elizabeth said. When Kerry asked if it would be Jamie Bond, she responded by saying, “Why you gotta change it?”

Kerry agreed and said, “You don’t. You actually don’t.” Watch the roundtable discussion below!