After a gruelling wait, Bond fans can rejoice. Daniel Craig has announced on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that he will indeed be returning to play 007 in Bond 25. Colbert, alongside the world's media, have been pressing Craig to answer the question, as Craig had denounced he would ever play Bond again shortly after the release of Spectre.
“Daniel Craig, we could use some good news here,” Colbert said, “Daniel Craig: will you return as James Bond?”
“Yes,” Craig responded. “I couldn’t be happier.”
Craig has re-affirmed that the next Bond film would be his last. Perhaps the studio will have to re-address the long list of actors rumoured to take on the mantle should Craig have denied returning. Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Damien Lewis and Henry Cavil were just a few of the rumoured actors set to reprise Daniel Craig’s Bond. The studio is also rumoured to be chasing high profile director Christopher Nolan, but the latest suggests Yann Demange is the pack leader for the role.
Daniel Craig went on to express how happy he was to return, “I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait.” It’s safe to say the studio heads are safe for another movie, but what then? They held out for months on proceeding with someone else, with Craig's Bond being so popular they backed the actor despite his own claims he never wanted to play Bond again. Whether it be the insane cash earnings for the last film, or simply a drastic change of heart, we are all glad to see Daniel Craig one last time.
The untitled 25th James Bond film is slated for release on November 8, 2019 in the United States, with a traditional earlier release in the United Kingdom.