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The 32-year-old actor - who plays high-tech boffin Q in the spy franchise - revealed recently that the gang would be reuniting in 10 months' time to shoot the next chapter of secret agent 007's adventures.
Asked if he had been in contact with leading man Daniel Craig since 2012's smash hit Skyfall was released, he told BANG Showbiz: "No, I haven't spoken to him. We know that we'll probably be back together in about 10 months... or something. Let's hope so!"
Following reports Sam Mendes was "75 percent sure" he wanted to helm the next installment, Ben admitted he would be happy if the acclaimed director returned and is hoping his character Q will get a bigger role this time.
'I hope he does return'
Speaking at the the gala screening of Cloud Atlas at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema in London on Monday he added: "I hope he does [return]! I really hope so. I would just like Q to just be in it more!"
However, the British star isn't fazed by the film's lack of international success at awards' season - despite picking up Best British Film at the EE British Film Academy Awards and becoming the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK - and admits he didn't expect the blockbuster to earn any major Oscar nominations.
"What I gather is that films of that kind very rarely get recognised by the Oscars anyway. I wasn't surprised. I mean, it's a shame of course, but it's done fantastic without the Oscars," he said during the interview.
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