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Daniel Craig: 'I Want To Quit As James Bond'

Star reported to have been trying to get out of contract 'for years'...

Daniel Craig is reported to be desperate to quit his role as James Bond, despite current movie Skyfall's massive success.

The 007 star is claimed by The Sun to have confessed that he's desperate to hang up his tuxedo - but that movie bosses won't let him.

He told the paper: "I've been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it. But they won't let me go, and I've agreed to do a couple more.

"But let's see how this one does, because business is business and if the s*** goes down, I've got a contract that somebody will happily wipe their ass with."

And in even-more-surprising Bond-related news, it seems that current villain Javier Bardem turned down the role of 007 before Daniel Craig got it in the first place.

Speaking to CinemaBlend, the Spanish star said: "Years ago, I was [offered the role]. I don't remember what movie it was for. I didn't feel that it was the time for me to do something like that.

"And also, I was doing something else, so I passed. This time, when I read it, I felt that it was very powerful material, and I wanted to join."

But the No Country For Old Men actor insisted he had never regretted turning the opportunity down.

He continued: "I have passed on many things that I could easily regret, but I don't regret any of them, because that also gives room for something else to come that I'm proud of."

Skyfall has continued its reign at the top of the UK box office chart for a second week, taking more than £16m in ticket sales compared to No 2 movie Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - which had receipts of £2.8m.

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