Daniel Craig will return for the 25th James Bond movie, scheduled to hit theaters in November 2019.
The New York Times broke with the news on Monday, stating that Craig’s “return is a done deal, according to two people briefed on the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid conflicts with Eon and MGM.”
Giving weight to this statement, executive producer Callum McDougall said Craig was their first choice when speaking on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” show late last year.
“We love Daniel,” he said. “We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back.”
When pressed about the topic, McDougall said if Craig signed on, the role would be his.
However, responding to queries about playing Bond in another film in 2015, Craig told Time Out he was done.
“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,” he said at the time. “I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
He went on to say he was not sure what the next step was but, if he were to do another Bond movie, “it would only be for the money.”
Film producers of EON Productions are yet to officially confirm whether Craig will return to his role as Bond or not, but a release date for the 25th installment of the saga has been revealed.
“James Bond will return to U.S cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a traditional earlier release in the UK and the rest of the world,” read an official statement by production houses.
It has been confirmed Bond 25 will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have collaborated on previous Bond films starring Craig, including “Casino Royale," “Quantum of Solace," “Skyfall," and “Spectre."
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