The 53-year-old confirmed that the upcoming 007 film will be his last, with the rumour mill going into overdrive regarding who will take over.
Appearing on tonight’s episode of the Graham Norton Show to discuss the blockbuster, he discussed how it felt to wrap up his fifth stint as the super spy.
When asked if he feels sad about putting Bond behind him, he told the host: ‘It’s everything. It’s been close to 16 years of my life, and it’s been incredible to do these films.
‘Bond films don’t get made very often so to have this opportunity has been the biggest thing in my professional career obviously, but also one of the biggest things my life, so it is very emotional.
‘I am glad I am ending it on my terms – I am grateful to the producers for allowing me to do that – but I will miss it.’
He added jokingly: ‘I will probably be incredibly bitter when the new person takes over!’
Daniel made his debut as James Bond in 2006, in Casino Royale, and has also gone on to star in Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, in 2015.
He famously revealed that he had no desire to return to the role after shooting Spectre, but changed his mind to have one more outing.
Speaking of his final film, he continued: ‘At the end of Spectre I was very down on everything and I thought that was it, but I am really, really happy that I was given the opportunity to come back and do this.
‘It wraps up a lot of the stories, and the chance to do just one more was wonderful.’
There have been many, many questions over who could possibly nab the part of Bond next, with speculation an actress or a person of colour could be next in line.
However, in a candid chat with Radio Times, Daniel confessed that he wouldn’t be keen for this to happen – as there should be ‘better parts’ for others.
As talk turned to whether he would support a diverse appointment as his replacement, he said: ‘The answer to that is very simple.
‘There should simply be better parts for women and actors of colour.
The Graham Norton Show airs tonight, at 10.35pm on BBC One.
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