Daniel Craig Confirms He Will Leave James Bond Franchise After 'No Time to Die'
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The actor, who has played the iconic 007 agent since 2006, opens up that the upcoming twenty-fifth installment directed by Cary Fukunaga will be his last.

AceShowbiz - Daniel Craig plans to walk away from the James Bond franchise completely after the release of his fifth and final turn as 007.

The British actor, 51, has confirmed reports suggesting next year's "No Time to Die" will be his last outing as the suave superspy, admitting he's ready to move on from the role he's played since 2006's "Casino Royale".

In an interview with German website Express, he explained, "In the future, someone else has to do it."

He was also asked about the possibility of returning to Bond to work behind the camera, but Craig - who has yet to direct a project of his own - made it clear he won't be pursuing that gig because it's too time consuming.

"For God's sake, no," he replied. "I want to come home, eat something and then go to bed."

"If you're a director, then at night you're still with the producers, screenwriters, (and more) on the phone. And then after two hours of sleep, you have to go back up to the set. No thanks."

Craig wrapped filming on his final Bond movie last month.

"No Time to Die", directed by Cary Fukunaga, also features the return of Lea Seydoux, Jeffrey Wright, Rory Kinnear, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes, while Oscar winner Rami Malek plays the new film's villain.

It is due to open in theatres in April.

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