After months of uncertainty over whether he would return, Daniel Craig has now confirmed that he will return as 007 in James Bond 25. Despite saying very recently that he had not yet reached a decision on whether or not he would return for a fifth outing as the character, it seems as if Craig has either now made a decision or was simply playing coy.
Craig has famously complained about playing the character of Bond and the physical toll the role has taken on him, which has led to a ton of speculation that the actor was giving up the role and moving on to other projects. Naturally, after the more divisive response to previous entry Spectre, many fans were hoping for Craig to at least return and go out on a higher note that he achieved with films like Skyfall and the semi-reboot back in 2006, Casino Royale. However, Craig's most recent comments confirm that he's very much interested in returning.
Appearing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Craig confirmed his return for Bond 25, while also clarifying some of the more negative comments he's made about the Bond franchise in general. He also dropped another bombshell on fans, saying Bond 25 would be his last film as the character. For Craig's full comments, read below:
“I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait.”
Naturally, this is a bittersweet moment for fans of Craig’s tenure with Bond as he’ll get to hopefully improve upon the mixed reception of Spectre but it will seemingly be his final outing as the character, which definitely seems to imply that Craig turned down the reported offer from last year of $150 million for two more Bond films. Regardless, five films is a respectable run for a Bond actor (his predecessor Pierce Brosnan managed to stick it out for four films) and Craig’s run has been mostly praised by critics and fans for injecting new life into the character and bringing 007 into the modern world.
Still, questions remain surrounding the untitled Bond 25 film, the biggest one perhaps being who will sit in the director’s chair this time around. After two back-to-back films from Sam Mendes, there are still several possibilities as to who could helm the film, with Yann Demange apparently being the frontrunner as of now. Regardless, with Craig officially on board, it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the details for Bond 25 work themselves out.
Source: The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (via Variety)