Daniel Craig set to sign up for next two Bond films?
The last few days have begun to see the gears in the James Bond machine juddering into life once more, with news arriving last week that the 25th film in the Bond franchise has a November 2019 release date scheduled, as well as reports that the working title for the 25th Bond is Shatterhand, with the new film reported to be based on Raymond Benson's Bond novel Never Dream of Dying.
The news reported last week by The Daily Mirror also suggested that Daniel Craig was edging closer to signing on for another film – a major change of heart after the actor had previously stated that he would 'rather slash his wrists' than take on the role of Bond again.
Now The Sun reports that Craig is poised to sign up for not just one but two more Bond films, with an unnamed source claiming that producer Barbara Broccoli has been 'spearheading negotiations' with the actor and that Craig is expected to sign up for the next two Bond outings.
According to the reports, Craig's unwillingness to return after completing Spectre is thought to be down to tensions that emerged between the actor and director Sam Mendes as a result of creative differences over the direction of the franchise, but Mendes stepping down is believed to have opened Craig up to the possibility of a return.
The report also also states that a 26th Bond movie could be based on the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, which starred George Lazenby in his only outing as 007. As yet there has been no official confirmation from Broccoli or Eon Productions of Craig's return, but with the clock already ticking the studio will surely be keen to have their leading man locked in sooner rather than later. Watch this space...