Daniel Craig will be James Bond at least one more time, despite previous comments from the actor suggesting he was over the blockbuster franchise.
London-based producer Eon Productions and Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced on Monday that 007 will return to theaters on November 8, 2019, but that cast and director would be revealed at a later date. Two people familiar with the matter, however, told The New York Times that Craig’s return is a “done deal."
The report might come as a surprise to fans, since the actor made a very harsh public statement about his future with the franchise after wrapping the most recent Bond movie, “Spectre,” in 2015.
“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists [than continue as Bond,” he told Time Out in October 2015. “No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on.”
Eon and MGM also announced that the script will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who worked on the screenplays for the last six Bond movies. The next Bond movie will be released on the same day as Disney’s untitled live-action fairy tale.
Sean Connery was the first actor to take on the iconic spy on the big screen, followed by David Niven, George Lazenby, Sir Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and then Craig.