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Daniel Craig finally confirms he'll play James Bond for fifth time


Story by Jack Foley

DANIEL Craig has finally confirmed that he will play James Bond for one final adventure.

Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on US TV on Tuesday night (August 15, 2017), the actor put an end to the long-running saga of the will he/won’t he play the character for a fifth time, which only recently suggested that he had agreed to do two more films.

He began the conversation by stating his reasons for keeping tight-lipped for so long, saying: “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. But kind of felt like if I was going to speak the truth I should speak truth to you.”

Asked directly whether he could deliver some ‘good news’ about returning as 007, Craig finally replied ‘yes’ – adding: “We’ve been discussing it, we’ve just been trying to figure things out.”

Craig went on to clear up speculation surrounding two more issues: firstly, his comments post-Spectre in which he joked he would rather kill himself than reprise the role for another time.

“I always wanted to, I needed a break,” he said.

But he also appeared to dismiss speculation that he would be back for two more films.

“I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note and I can’t wait.”

With Craig now properly confirmed for Bond 25, the search is now on for a new director, given that Sam Mendes – who helmed previous Bond hits Skyfall and Spectre – has already categorically stated that he will not be back for a third time.

In addition, the 007 producers are also rumoured to be in negotiations with Adele to record the theme tune, after her song written for Skyfall became the first 007 theme to win a Grammy and a Golden Globe award.

The next Bond film, the 25th in the series, is due out in November 2019.

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