Daniel Craig will be reprising his role as James Bond one more time.
“I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait,” he said on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday.
Although some people on social media weren’t too thrilled about the news, a lot of fans are excited about the actor’s return.
One Twitter user is so happy about the announcement that it’s probably going to be all they’ll be talking about for a while:
James Evans wrote: “Daniel Craig is doing another James Bond and your [sic] gonna have to deal with me flailing about this for the next two weeks, at least.”
From one Craig to another, the actor has won singer Craig David’s approval too:
The pop star tweeted: “Love this! Top boy.”
Ajay Chowdhury, editor of the James Bond International Fan Club magazine, told BBC 5 live: “He’s been the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful actor to play Bond.
“He’s made Bond such an iconic character, no-one thought Bond would still be this important and get this much attraction.”
While many fans are pleased to see Daniel Craig back as Bond, some people think it’s time to give another actor a go.
Prem Mohanty wrote on Twitter: “Seriously Daniel Craig is too old to play James Bond, 4 movies was quite enough.”
Idris Elba had been widely tipped in the past to take over, but that’s not going to happen – yet, at least.
A Twitter user named Hood Economist wrote: “Daniel Craig returning as Bond? Thoroughly enjoyed his Bond films but I was ready for @idriselba tbh!”
What we know about the next film so far
- It will be released in US cinemas on 8 November 2019 with a traditional earlier release in the UK
- There’s no title yet – for now, it’s just known as Bond 25
- It will be scripted by long-standing Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have been writing the films since 1999’s The World is Not Enough
- Daniel Craig has said this will be his last time playing 007, fulfilling his five-film contract
Trump v Bond?
Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade suggested US President Donald Trump could influence the next Bond film in an interview with The Telegraph in February.
“I’m just not sure how you would go about writing a James Bond film now,” Purvis said.
“Each time, you’ve got to say something about Bond’s place in the world, which is Britain’s place in the world.
“But things are moving so quickly now, that becomes tricky. With people like Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality. So when they do another one, it will be interesting to see how they deal with the fact that the world has become a fantasy.”
Both writers originally planned to leave the series after Skyfall but returned again for Spectre three years later.
“Spectre felt like it closed off a certain way of doing Bond,” Wade said. “And I think whatever happens next will be quite different.”
Craig as Bond – in numbers
- 13 – Daniel Craig will have been James Bond for 13 years
- 51 – his age when his final film will be released
- $3.1bn – the total global box office takings for Craig’s Bond films so far
- $37m – the value of the cars Bond trashed for Spectre in 2015, according to Gary Powell, the film’s chief stunt co-ordinator, who spoke to the Daily Mail