The latest word has Daniel Craig becoming a more and more likely candidate for the starring role in James Bond 25. Following his turn in Spectre from 2015, the forthcoming franchise followup has already landed a fall 2019 release date. However, Craig’s involvement in the project has been up in the air of late, with many moviegoers wondering whether a new lead actor will take over the role.

Recently, Craig made waves when he bemoaned his involvement in the blockbuster franchise, leading many to question Craig’s dedication to the role. Following his work on the past four films in the series, some 007 fans have already begun imagining actors who might be cast next – but the latest word has Craig’s return more likely than ever.

According to The New York Times, Craig is a lock for James Bond 25 following a joint decision made on the behalf of Eon Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to release the film in North America come November 2019. The new movie will be co-written by longtime 007 scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade – who have penned the last six Bond movies, starting with The World Is Not Enough in 1999. At the time of this writing, the production is still seeking a director, supporting cast, and distributor. Announcements on those will be made at a later date.

Daniel Craig as James Bond Daniel Craig May Finally Be a Lock for James Bond 25

Set to come out in the same time slot as a yet to be announced live-action Disney fairy tale production, James Bond 25 will see the return of Craig as 007 for what is expected to be his final appearance in the franchise. Craig redefined the role when he first appeared as Bond in Casino Royale from 2006, and since that time has served to capture the essence of the original Ian Fleming novels with spirit and panache.

Only time will tell which actors will serve to fill out the rest of the cast in James Bond 25 – with former co-stars Dave Bautista and Jeffrey Wright both having expressed prior interest in the project – though it would appear that Christopher Nolan is firmly out of the running to direct for now. In the meantime, here’s to hoping for the very best from Craig and company as things continue to develop behind the scenes of the forthcoming Eon Productions and MGM motion picture. Craig’s tenure thus far has been a series of ups and downs, so ideally his turn in Bond 25 will close this era for the series on a high note before he passes the torch to someone else.

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Source: The New York Times

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