It looks like we’re getting more Craig, Daniel Craig. Back in July, an article appearing in the New York Times claimed that Daniel Craig would be reprising his role as the English spy, James Bond, for a fifth time. For fans of the series, this seemed unlikely, considering Craig’s negative opinion towards the franchise, following the completion of filming on 2015’s Spectre.
Craig, who first stepped into the famous tux to become 007 in 2006’s Casino Royale, had seemingly moved on from his iconic role. But during an appearance this week on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Craig made a surprise announcement.
After spending the day being interviewed for his upcoming film Logan Lucky, in theaters August 18, Craig finally confirmed to Colbert that he would be returning as James Bond. “I couldn’t be happier,” a beaming Craig told Colbert and his live studio audience.
“I have to apologize to all the people I’ve done interviews with today because I wanted to tell you,” said Craig, who had kept the news private.
Craig confirmed that discussions for his return to the 007 family had been going on for a while, saying, “It’s been a couple of months. We’ve been discussing it, and trying to figure things out.”
On returning to the role that was previously filled by Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan, Craig said “I always wanted to,” but admitted that before he could sign on for a fifth Bond, he needed a break.
Jumping on Craig’s comment that he always wanted to return to play the lady-loving assassin, Colbert brought up the infamous 2015 interview with Time Out London when Craig said that he would rather ‘slash his wrists’ than play James Bond again.
The actor admitted that it was not the best choice of words, but explained that the interview was conducted two days after filming wrapped on his fourth James Bond film and he was exhausted. “I gave a really stupid answer,” said Craig.
Proving that he’s learned from his mistakes, Craig quickly corrected Colbert when the Late Show host attempted to draw a parallel between being asked to do another Bond after wrapping filming and a woman being asked if she wants to have another baby moments after giving birth. “It’s not quite like that. I don’t think I can really compare it to that. I can’t compare it to childbirth,” said Craig. “I’ll get into trouble.”
In addition to confirming his return for his fifth James Bond film, which will hit theatres on November 8, 2019, Craig said that the upcoming film will be his last as the iconic British spy. “I just want to go out on a high note, and I can’t wait.”