James Bond star Naomie Harris has said there is “a very good chance” Daniel Craig will return as 007.
Harris, who played Moneypenny in 2012′s Skyfall and Spectre in 2015, was speaking after she was appointed an OBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The Hollywood actress’s royal encounter comes just days before the Academy Awards, where she is up for an Oscar for her role as a drug addict in Moonlight.
Harris, who is synonymous with the character of Moneypenny, has previously spoken of her desire to see Craig return as Bond following speculation he may leave the role – and now says that if she was a betting woman she would put her money on him to return.
Earlier this week – the week Craig became the second-longest serving 007 – James Norton and Michael Fassbender were said to be the frontrunners to become the next Bond.
According to bookmakers Coral, betting surged on the likes of Norton and Fassbender taking over from Craig in the next film – but Harris is not convinced, telling the Press Association: ”I don’t think that’s true. I really don’t think that they’ve moved on from Daniel.
“I think there’s a very good chance that Daniel will come back. I think it’s way too early to be thinking about other people at this stage.”