Daniel Craig is officially reprising the role of James Bond for his fifth and final film in the long-running series.
Despite saying about 24 hours ago in at least two separate radio interviews that his return to the franchise was not confirmed, Craig revealed on Tuesday night's (August 15) edition of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert that he wanted to wait until he sat down with the late night host to reveal whether he would don the tux again:
The answer to the question was a definitive "Yes," with Craig admitting that he had known he would reprise the role for "a couple of months" now. He added, "We've been discussing it, we've just been trying to figure things out...I always wanted to, I needed a break."
But he also confirmed that it would be his last performance as Bond, saying, "I just want to go out on a high note, and I can't wait."
Craig confessed to Colbert that his infamous remark -- "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists" -- made when he was asked during the press junket for 2015's Spectre if he wanted to do another 007 film, was "really stupid."
He explained, "There's no point making excuses about it, but it was two days after I had finished shooting the last movie and I went straight to an interview where someone asked, 'Would you do another one?' and I went, 'No!'"
Although the vaunted New York Times declared last month with a degree of certainty that Craig would have one more outing as the British agent, Craig himself had been notably silent on the issue until now.
Since he's making the press rounds for his new movie, Logan Lucky (in which he's hilarious and utterly un-Bond-like, by the way), the question was bound to come up. But earlier in the day before his sit-down with Colbert, Craig was cagey about returning as Bond when asked by WMMR’s "Preston & Steve Daily Podcast" (via The Playlist):
“You know, I don’t want to be coy, but I really can’t talk about this. Nothing has been confirmed. I know what the papers are saying, and when I read them, I’m thinking ‘What?!’ but nothing is confirmed."
He said something similar on another radio program, this time Boston's "Morning Magic 106.7" (via Birth.Movies.Death):
“I know they're desperate to get going and I would in theory love to do it, but there is no decision, uh, just yet."
Well, it's been decided after all, and you can move Daniel Craig from the "rumored" pile to the "confirmed" list. Frankly, I'm glad to see him coming back for one more movie instead of leaving us with the somewhat disappointing Spectre.
Next for the 25th official Bond film: selecting a director. The recent round-up of possible candidates has included Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049), David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Yann Demange ('71). Another rumor making the rounds is that the movie will be called Shatterhand -- a direct reference to the identity that Bond's arch-nemesis Blofeld assumed in the Ian Fleming novel You Only Live Twice. Does that mean a return for Christoph Waltz as Blofeld after his debut in Spectre?
Whatever else happens, the next James Bond movie will star Daniel Craig and is scheduled to open on November 8, 2019. Are you glad Craig is coming back?