James Bond producer Callum McDougall says that British actor, Daniel Craig is still the "first choice" to play the next 007 instalment.
McDougall, who produced the last four Bond films, told BBC on Friday that his producers remain hopeful that Craig will reprise the role.
"We love Daniel," McDougall said.
"We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli's first choice. I know they're hoping for him to come back."
Last month though, Daniel Craig , told TimeOut "it's a drag" to play Bond.
"The best acting is when you're not concerned about the surface. And Bond is the opposite of that," Craig said at the time.
"You have to be bothered about how you're looking. It's a struggle. I know that how Bond wears a suit and walks into a room is important. But as an actor I don't want to give a f**k about what I look like! So I have to play with both things. In a way that works, as that's Bond: he looks good and he doesn't give a f**k what you think he looks like!"
Craig has been playing the legendary MI6 agent for nearly a decade, but considers it "ludicrous" that he was cast in the first place and has no strong feelings about who might replace him.
"I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists," Craig said about maybe playing Bond again.
"I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on."