Suddenly all is right in the world. Daniel Craig is back as 007 James Bond.
The British actor confirmed he will return for the fifth time to the famed spy role in the still-untitled 25th Bond film.
Craig, 49, broke the bombshell on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night when asked point blank by host Stephen Colbert: “Daniel Craig, will you return as James Bond?”
The simple reply was “Yes” from Craig, causing the studio audience to erupt in applause.
The Bond franchise has hit new critical and popular heights with Craig playing the perfectly dressed spy with a license to kill in the past four films — Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
Even Roger Moore, who played a suave Bond a record seven times, told Time magazine in 2012 that Craig “is the Bond. He’s quite brilliant…To me, he looks like a killer. He looks as though he knows what he’s doing.”
The franchise has made $880 million in worldwide box office with Craig starring in the four films.
But the gruff actor has given mixed signals about returning to the role, even flat out denying he would play the part again after 2015’s Spectre.
Bond 25, as its being called now, is coming to theaters Nov. 8, 2019. The new film will be written by Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, who penned the last four Craig roles.
No director has been announced.
Craig also confirmed that Bond 25 would be his last time in the role. For real.
“I just want to go out on a high note, and I can’t wait,” he told Colbert.
Earlier Monday, Craig was still being coy while promoting his role as a demolition expert in Logan Lucky (opening Friday). He told the Boston radio station Magic 106.7, “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,” Craig continued, telling the audibly deflated DJs over the phone. “I’m not 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.”
Craig explained the deceit to Colbert.
“I’ve been quite cagey about it, I’ve been doing interviews all day,” Craig said. “People have been asking me, and I’ve been quite coy. But I kind of felt if I was going to speak the truth, I should speak the truth to you.”