With the latest 007 installment No Time To Die preparing to hit cinemas, Daniel Craig has bid goodbye to the James Bond franchise with an emotional message.

The heartwarming moment was released as part of Being James Bond, a documentary in which Craig reflects on his time of playing 007 for the past 15 years. The documentary is currently streaming on Apple+.

“A lot of people here have worked on five pictures with me,” Craig says in the video.

“I know there’s a lot of things said about what I think about these films and all of… whatever, but I’ve loved every single second of these movies and especially this one, because I’ve got up every morning, and I’ve had the chance to work with you guys. And that has been one of the greatest honours of my life.”

Craig is referring to the latest addition to the James Bond saga, No Time To Die, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in Australia on October 8th, 2021.

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No Time To Die is one of the most delayed films in cinema history. It was originally expected to be released in October 2019, but was delayed after the director Danny Boyle quit after “creative differences”. The release of the movie was then pushed back further due to Coronavirus.

The latest 007 is the 25th film in the franchise and marks Craig’s fifth time portraying James Bond. Sean Connery and Roger Moore are the only other two ‘James Bonds’ who appeared in the movie series longer; both appearing in seven Bond movies each.

With Craig leaving the role, speculation is rife about who will be the next actor to portray Bond.However, producer Barbara Broccoli has revealed that nothing is set in stone yet.

“I always say: you can only be in love with one person at a time,” she said in an interview with Total Film. “Once [No Time to Die]’s come out, then some time will pass, and then we’ll have to get on to the business of the future. But for now, we just cannot think about anything beyond Daniel.”

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