The Daily Mail's scoop fans a fire that's been raging since months before the release of Spectre. On the press tour for the film, antsy tabloids and franchise power players alike wondered openly about Daniel Craig's future in the superspy role. When asked by The Guardian weeks before Spectre's release if he could imagine returning for a sequel, Craig replied, “Now? I’d rather … slash my wrists," He ended his remarks with a slightly more restrained, "I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
Craig was likely referring to the idea of jumping into a new blockbuster immediately after months of shooting and press detail, but alas, his comments broke the Bond-adoring internet. The star recoiled to a blurrier position on the future. "Who will take over Bond?" became a hot topic for British bookies. Fans' speculation set fire to the internet. There were cries for Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, and Tom Hiddleston to take over the role (or Gugu Mbatha-Raw, if you're me and desired some radical change in your Bond movies). Everyone had opinions, including Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, the longtime producers of the 007 series, who remained optimistic that their leading man would solider on.