Rumor of the day: Daniel Craig close to coming back as James Bond

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Apr 26, 2017, 12:37 PM EDT (Updated)

The actor who has played Bond for the past 11 years looks like he may return for one last assignment.

According to Page Six -- not the most reputable source in the world, but not the most unreliable either -- Daniel Craig is said to be close to coming back for a fifth and final adventure as 007, the role he has played since 2006's Casino Royale.

Sources say that producer Barbara Broccoli has "just about persuaded Daniel Craig to do one more Bond movie." Apparently one incentive was Broccoli's willingness to produce an off-Broadway staging of Othello, in which Craig starred alongside fellow British actor David Oyelowo. Craig was said to be "very pleased" with the show and its reviews, which helped pave the way for Broccoli and the actor to begin serious talks about Bond.

It was during the press lead-up to his last Bond outing, 2015's Spectre, that a clearly exhausted and short-tempered Craig famously said he would rather slash his wrists than do another one. It prompted endless speculation about whether he would return and, if not, who would take the role.

Among the many names mentioned, Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston were the most cited in the media. Although it doesn't seem like the Bond production team ever seriously approached either of them, or anyone else.

In fact, the Page Six report got a little snarky about Hiddleston, saying that he was apparently "too smug and not tough enough" for Broccoli's taste. His tabloid-fodder relationship with Taylor Swift reportedly didn't help his standing either.

A script is being written for Bond 25 right now, and it's reported that production will begin as soon as Craig officially commits to the role. Would you like to see Daniel Craig play James Bond one last time? Or should the producers look for new blood right away?

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