What a scoop for Stephen Colbert!
On Tuesday’s installment of The Late Show, Daniel Craig confirmed what so many James Bond fans have wanted to know for years — whether he’ll reprise the iconic role for a fifth time on the big screen.
“Yes,” he told the late-night star on CBS. Boom!
Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that Craig’s days in the franchise weren’t over, citing “two people briefed on the matter.” But Craig never confirmed it publicly.
“I’ve been doing interviews about it all day and I’ve been rather coy,” he told Colbert. “I kind of felt like if I should speak the truth I should speak the truth to you.”
Well, that was right nice of him!
While there’s plenty of reason to celebrate, Craig teased the fifth movie will likely be the last we see of him as 007. “I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait,” he said, per Variety.
Of course, he’s said that before. In 2015, the actor said “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists” than return for another film. When Colbert pressed the 49-year-old about his comments, he said he made those remarks just a couple days after he finished filming Spectre. “Instead of saying something with style and grace, I said something really stupid,” he explained.
Earlier Tuesday, Craig told WMMR’s Preston & Steve show that “I hate to burst the bubble on that one. There’s no decision made just yet. I’m not trying to be coy with you, but there’s a lot of noise out there at the moment and I’m trying to stay out of it. There’s a lot of nonsense being said and I’m just like — I read the papers, like, ‘I said, what?’ It’s all news to me.”
In a separate interview with another radio station, Craig made similar comments. “I’d hate to burst the bubble, but no decision has been made at the moment. There’s a lot of noise out there and nothing official has been confirmed and I’m not, like, holding out for more money or doing anything like that. It’s just all very personal decisions to be made at the moment. I know they’re desperate to get going and I would in theory love to do it, but there is no decision just yet.”
A director, cast, and title have yet to be announced for 25th Bond movie, though it has been scheduled for release in U.S. theaters on Nov. 8, 2019, following an earlier debut in the U.K. and select international markets.