James Bond bosses are reportedly thinking about delaying the next movie in a bid to keep Daniel Craig.
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The 47-year-old actor looks set to step down as 007 after four movies as the suave spy to star in 20-part TV series Purity, but executives at MGM, who produce the franchise, are thought to be prepared to push back the 25th Bond installment to keep him.
A source told The Sun: “Daniel has not told anyone yet if he will return definitively.
"They know he wants to do Purity and had hoped to get the new film in cinemas next year, but they have vowed to push it back a year to help make his schedule easier.”
Craig is said to have brought in “$2 billion” to the franchise during his time as Bond - which has seen him star in movies Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and last year’s Spectre - so MGM are keen to keep him in the role.
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The source added: “Daniel leaving the franchise at this moment is something MGM cannot stomach.
"He is a major draw and a key player in terms of raising money for the films. As Bond he has brought in $2billion.”
Pre-production on the next Bond movie is due to begin in the next few weeks, while Daniel is expected to begin shooting Purity - which will be an adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s novel of the same name - later this year.