Profile: Daniel craig


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There can't possibly be anything about Girl With The Dragon Tattoo that we don't already know.

Hold on! We're looking to the future, and Craig's involvement in the James Bond franchise. He's already signed up for his third go as the secret agent in next year's Skyfall, but the franchise's producer has suggested the 43-year-old could be playing an action hero well into his fifties.

Otherwise known as doing a Roger Moore.

Except the mooted multi-million-pound deal would see Craig star in a further five Bond films, beating Moore's seven to become the longest-serving Bond. Producer Michael G Wilson said: "I'd love Daniel to surpass Roger's record and do eight pictures. A lot of people have said Daniel's been their favourite Bond since Sean Connery and I can't argue with them."

After Quantum of Solace, we're not sure we could stomach another.

Yes, watching the last Bond was a bit like being beaten over the head, a painful odyssey through the $200m of special effects lavished on its production. Back in 2008, one critic complained of being "entertained to death".

But Bond has always had its ups and downs. Moore's run began shakily with 1973's blaxsploitation nightmare Live and Let Die and the subsequent year's The Man With The Golden Gun – often regarded as a franchise low – and yet he was on contract until 1985. Craig's harder, Jason Bourne-like take on Bond still registers as reasonably fresh, and the £750m his films have taken combined would suggest audiences agree.

Has Craig confirmed the deal?

He said he is taking it one film at a time. "If this Bond is successful there will be another after that," he said. Certainly, though, Skyfall is well-positioned for critical and commercial glory. "The director Sam Mendes and Daniel are taking it back to a 60s feel – more Sean," Wilson said. "I think that's what the fans wanted."