He’s certainly kept Bond fans on the edge of their seat, but Daniel Craig has confirmed that he will indeed play James Bond in the upcoming 007 movie, which is currently just known as ‘Bond 25’. It puts to rest almost two years of speculation and rumour over whether he would be back or not.
Craig himself seemed to say it was the end of his tenure as Bond while promoting Spectre, with comments such as that he would “rather break this glass and slash my wrists” than play Bond again. However he and his representatives later clarified to say that he was merely talking about how he felt at that moment, following an arduous shoot and promotional schedule, and that he wasn’t ruling out a return.
Since then there have been all sorts of rumours, from suggestions he was signing on for two more movies for a record upfront payments, to reports that he was completely walking away and producers were already on the lookout for a replacement. The speculation has ramped up in recent months following the announcement of a November 2019 release date for Bond 25, which means it’s likely it’ll start shooting sometime later this year or early next.
Craig ended all the rumours on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, when he replied to a question about whether he would be back as Bond, by saying, “Yes…I always wanted to; I wanted a break.”
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) August 16, 2017