Daniel craig

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Why he will re­turn for one last 007 mis­sion.

Apolo­gies to Tom Hid­dle­ston, Idris Elba, Aidan Turner and any­one else on the list of favourites for the next James Bond. You’re going to have to wait a lit­tle longer, as Daniel Craig fi­nally con­firmed that he’s don­ning 007’s tux once more. “We’ve just been try­ing to fig­ure things out… I al­ways wanted to [re­turn], I needed a break,” he says.

Craig’s 00-sta­tus had seemed in doubt since the widely cir­cu­lated re­marks that he’d “rather slash [his] wrists” than play Bond again, and would only con­sider it “for the money”. Com­bine that with the neatly wrapped end­ing to SPEC­TRE, and it seemed like his ten­ure might be up. But those con­tro­ver­sial com­ments were made just two days af­ter SPEC­TRE fin­ished film­ing, when re­turn­ing was the last thing on his mind. “There is no point in mak­ing ex­cuses about it,” Craig says, ex­press­ing re­gret over his flip­pancy.

“In­stead of say­ing some­thing with style and grace, I said some­thing re­ally stupid.”

But it seems that much-needed break has done the trick, and in the in­terim Craig has found time for a num­ber of var­ied projects. As well as his re­cent turn as bot­tle-blond “in­car-ce-rated” crim Joe Bang in Steven Soder­bergh’s Lo­gan Lucky, he’s also wrapped on South Central riots drama Kings, and he’s set to re­turn to the small screen in the up­com­ing minis­eries adap­ta­tion of Jonathan Franzen’s novel, Pu­rity.

Next to noth­ing is known about Bond 25 yet, be­sides Craig’s con­firmed in­volve­ment and the re­lease date. Will Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld be back to ter­rorise him? Is Léa Sey­doux’s Madeleine Swann still on the scene? If Craig’s game, could Sam Men­des be con­vinced to re­turn and com­plete a tril­ogy? What­ever hap­pens, the un­ti­tled se­quel will be Craig’s fifth Bond film, and come 2019, he’ll over­take Roger Moore as the se­ries’ long­est-serv­ing 007, hav­ing oc­cu­pied the role for 13 years by that point (though Moore and Sean Con­nery have ap­peared in more films). “I think this is it,” Craig muses of his run. “I just want to go out on a high note and I can’t wait.”

ETA | Au­Tumn 2019 / Bond 25 will opEn in Two yEArs.

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