Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond
After months of speculation, Daniel Craig has finally broken his silence over his future as the world's most famous fictional spy, confirming that he will indeed be returning as James Bond for the next film in the franchise.
Craig made the announcement last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert duirng an interview to promote his next film, Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky, which arrives in UK cinemas on August 25th. The admission came just hours after denying the speculation in other interviews, including an interview given earlier the same day on Boston radio show Morning Magic 106.7. When asked by Colbert if he would be back for the next Bond film, Craig replied: “Yes.”
Craig explained a little about his decision and his silence on the subject up until now, saying: "I couldn't be happier. I have to apologise to all the people I've done interviews with 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.”
However, Craig also said that he expects this to be his last time out as 007, despite reports last week that the actor was set to sign up for another two films. When questioned about this, Craig said: “No, I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high, and I can't wait.”
Colbert also asked the actor about his infamous comment in which he stated he would rather “slash his wrists” than return for another stint as James Bond, to which a visibly embarrassed Craig answered: "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."
Craig did not confirm who the director would be on the next Bond film, or any plot details, but the film does have a release date slated for November 2019 and is rumoured to have been given the working title Shatterhand.