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The saga of "will he or won't he?" that has centered on Daniel Craig's possible return as James Bond may be finally coming to a close.
Sources tell Page Six that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has "just about persuaded" Craig to come on board for one more movie.
What seems to have gotten Craig to warm up to the idea is the success of his recent Off-Broadway production of "Othello," which Broccoli produced.
“Daniel was very pleased with how ‘Othello’ went and the great reviews," a source told Page Six. "Now Daniel’s talks with Barbara are going in the right direction. They have a script — screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade [who’ve penned several Bond movies] are writing and they’ll go into production as soon as Daniel is ready to commit.”
The scratch-my-back-and-I'll-scratch-yours tactic is a favorite in Hollywood and this seems to be what might bring Craig back to play 007 for a fifth time, following the massive success of the two most recent entries in the franchise, "Skyfall" and "Spectre."
After "Spectre," Bond told a reporter that he would "rather break this glass and slash my wrists" than play Bond again.
Page Six also noted that Broccoli did entertain the idea of hiring "The Night Manager" star Tom Hiddleston as a new Bond, but according to a source, she didn't like him because "he’s a bit too smug and not tough enough to play James Bond."
MGM declined to comment for this story.