Daniel Craig has finally confirmed he’ll reprise his role as James Bond in the upcoming, and as yet untitled, 25th Bond film.
Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, the actor put an end to whispers, speculation and gossip -- once and for all.
“I have been quite cagey about it. I have been doing interviews all day and people have been asking me and I think I’ve been rather coy,” the 49-year-old said.
“But kind of felt like if I was going to speak the truth I should speak truth to you.”
Asked point-blank by the talk show host whether he could deliver some “good news” about returning to the super-spy role, the actor finally replied: “Yes.”
“I think this is it,” he continued. “I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait.”
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The announcement marks a significant change of mindset -- after all, the British-native once said he would rather take his own life than reprise his role as 007.
“I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on,” he said, adding: “If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”
But explaining his reckless comments, Daniel told Stephen that they had been made in recklessly, two days after Spectre had finished shooting.
“Instead of saying something with style and grace, I said something really stupid,” he said.
“There’s no point making excuses about it, but it was two days after I had finished shooting the last movie and I went straight to an interview where someone asked, ‘Would you do another one?’ and I went, ‘No!’”
The next James Bond film is slated for release in November 2019.