Daniel Craig has confirmed during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert the mounting reports that he will return to the role of James Bond. Putting an end to months of speculation, Craig, who next appears in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, gave an unequivocal answer to the host’s point-blank question about whether he has signed on for another instalment: «Yes.»
He continued: «I couldn’t be happier. I have to apologise to all the people I’ve done interviews today because I wanted to tell you. It’s been a couple of months and we’ve been discussing it and trying to figure it out. I always wanted to come back. I just needed a break.»
Craig walked into a trap with that line about having “always wanted to return” though, Colbert bringing up his infamous quote about how he’d ‘rather slash his wrists’ than make another Bond film.
The actor squirmed in his seat as it was read back to him, before explaining: «Look, there’s no point in making excuses about it, but it was two days after I’d finished shooting the last movie. I went straight into an interview and someone said would you do another one and I went ‘No!’ And instead of saying something with style and grace I gave a really stupid answer.»
He was quick to shoot down the possibility of him doing a fifth Bond film, however. «No, I think this is it,» he told Colbert. «I just want to go out on a high note and I can’t wait.»»
There is likely a little more to this story, however, and it is very possible Craig was only convinced to return for another Bond film because a high-calibre director has been landed for it. This announcement might even bolster the rumour that Christopher Nolan will be behind the camera.
Besides, on the same show Daniel confirmed that he had a short cameo paper on the last Star Wars film. Also, former James Bond Pierce Brosnan announced on Facebook and Instagram that he will be on second part of Mamma Mia.
The statment published on the Bond’s official website (007.com) is the following one:
Daniel Craig is returning to play 007 in Bond 25. The actor confirmed he would play James Bond for the fifth time to host Stephen Colbert on The Late Show last night. Bond 25 will be released in US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a traditional early release in the UK and the rest of the world.