British actor Daniel Craig has confirmed that he will play special agent James Bond in the film franchise's 2019 outing, after two years of speculation regarding the main role.
Speaking on US late night talk show "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on August 15, Daniel Craig confirmed his involvement in the next James Bond movie
"I've been quite cagey about it," Craig admitted, having consistently dodged the interview question even earlier the same day.
Speculation had surrounded his involvement in James Bond 25 since an October 2015 interview in which he had said that he'd rather critically injure himself than reprise the role.
But Craig said that was a comment delivered just two days after finishing work on his previous Bond film, adding that he "can't wait" and wants to "go out on a high note."
James Bond 25, as yet untitled, is the second high-profile action franchise to endure this sort of uncertainty in the last two months.
Ben Affleck unequivocally committed to more Batman films at July's San Diego Comic Con, as Ain't It Cool News observed.
"Spectre" marked the end of a four-film deal between Bond franchise production company EON and Sony-owned distributor Columbia. Warner Bros -- which controls the Batman movie franchise -- is said to be one of four other big-name distributors hoping to win the rights for Bond 25; Universal, 20th Century Fox and relative newcomer Annapurna Pictures have also been associated with the project.
MGM and EON Productions have chosen November 8, 2019, as a release date for James Bond's 25th film.
Screenwriting pair Neal Purvis and Robert Wade penned all four of Craig's previous Bond films in "Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace," "Skyfall" and "Spectre," as well as the Pierce Brosnan-era "Die Another Day" and "The World Is Not Enough."
They are in place for Bond 25, as are long-time franchise producers Barbara Broccoli, Gregg Wilson and Michael G. Wilson. A director and supporting cast are yet to be announced.