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Maybe we shouldn't slam the door shut on Daniel Craig returning to the role of James Bond after all.

There is a flutter of talk in the entertainment world that just maybe the dapper star could return to the legendary franchise all thanks to a theater role in "Othello" in New York City.

On Dec. 12, Daniel will being headlining the play at the New York Theatre Workshop opposite "Selma" star David Oyelowo. "Othello" is produced by Barbara Broccoli, as are a string of Bond films.

This could be the "in" that Barbara needs to sway Daniel back to Bond, a source told the New York Post.

"Daniel thinks of himself as a 'serious actor,' and he wants to stretch his artistic muscles. And Barbara really believes in his talent," the source told the Page Six section of the newspaper. "For her to do this [play] for him is a gift -- of course she wants him back -- this is going to entice him to make another Bond movie."

The timing would work well, the insider claimed, adding that Barbara is likely to ask Daniel back for the next 007 film, "Bond 25," sometime after the play's run. The thinking is that Daniel could be persuaded into a return.

A potential return would be surprising to some considering when Daniel said of the Bond role in October 2015. At the time, he said that he'd rather "slash my wrists" than revisit the role.

"I'm over it at the moment. ... All I want to do is move on," he said, adding in NSFW language that he didn't care who took over the role. Daniel was allegedly offered $150 million for two movies.

As time went on, he softened on his feelings about Bond, saying he "would miss it terribly," if he didn't do it again.

Since he said he was leaving the franchise, there has been feverish speculation as to who would take over. Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Damian Lewis and even Gillian Anderson have been rumored as possible replacements.