“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists” than play James Bond again, Daniel Craig said in October.
If the actor is truly bailing out, who’s suiting up? Five Bond experts weigh in about who should take over the role.
“I have been very impressed at his versatility and skill as a thoughtful action hero. His performance as CIA operative Peter Quinn in ‘Homeland’ was top-notch, and I’m confident he would make a perfect 007.” — Jeffery Deaver, author of Bond novel “Carte Banche”
“He fits [author Ian] Fleming’s 007 concept. He studied alongside Daniel Craig in London. He would be a hard and strong Bond.” — James Bond Gunnar Schäfer, founder of the James Bond Museum in Sweden
“He’s a smart actor that would bring some diversity of perspective to the role. And, of course, he looks great in a suit.” — Kali Caldwell, CIA entertainment-industry liaison
According to Irish bookmaker BoyleSports, Bond fans are laying down money that the former footballer will become the next 007. Odds are slim, however. Beckham is currently a 66-1 long shot.