James Bond might be the most sought-after role in the film industry, but producers are hoping it does not change hands soon.
An executive producer for the last four films gave current 007 Daniel Craig a ringing endorsement, saying he “would love” him to return.
It comes after months of speculation about who would be the next man to portray one of the world’s best-loved characters.
Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Aidan Turner are among the high-profile names touted to portray the womanising MI6 agent.
But Callum McDougall, who has been a producer on a host of the Bond films, said neither he nor fellow producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli hope to see a changing of the guard.
Asked who would be next to fill 007′s tuxedo, he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “I wish I knew. We love Daniel, we would love Daniel to return as Bond.
“Without any question, he is absolutely Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson’s first choice and I know they are hoping for him to come back.”
Asked if the job was Daniel’s if he wanted to sign up for another film, Calllum said: “Absolutely.”
Daniel, who starred in the most recent four Bond films, said last year that he would rather “slash my wrists” than do another movie as 007.