Despite Daniel Craig being "over it," James Bond producer Callum McDougall insists that the British actor is still the "first choice" to play 007 in the next installment of the franchise.
McDougall, who executive produced the last four Bond films, told BBC on Friday that producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson remain hopeful that Craig will reprise the role.
"We love Daniel," McDougall said. "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."
Unless Craig has a change of heart, the producers could be in for some disappointment. In October, the 48-year-old actor told TimeOut
"it's a drag" to play Bond.
"The best acting is when you're not concerned about the surface. And Bond is the opposite of that," Craig said at the time. "You have to be bothered about how you're looking. It's a struggle. I know that how Bond wears a suit and walks into a room is important. But as an actor I don't want to give a f**k about what I look like! So I have to play with both things. In a way that works, as that's Bond: he looks good and he doesn't give a f**k what you think he looks like!"
Craig has been playing the legendary MI6 agent for roughly a decade, but considers it "ludicrous" that he was cast in the first place and has no strong feelings about who might replace him.
"I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists," Craig said about possibly playing Bond again. "I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on."
Craig did, however, have nice things to say about his Spectre co-star Monica Bellucci. While there was much ado about Bellucci's age -- at 50 years old she was the franchise’s oldest Bond girl -- Craig insisted he never had any doubts.
"She's Monica Bellucci," Craig said. "It's a no brainer."