Daniel Craig famously said in 2015 that he’d rather “slash his wrists” than play James Bond again, and that if he were to play 007 once more, it’d “only be for the money”. On an entirely unrelated note, the actor has reportedly signed up to star in two more editions of the long-running franchise.
After seemingly endless back-and-forth, The Sun has reported that Craig has finally succumbed to the wishes of 007 producer Barbara Broccoli and will reprise the role in two forthcoming films – the first of which will be released in November 2019.
“There was plenty of talk about who would be the next Bond but Barbara has managed to talk Daniel into two more films,” a source said. “He is loved by audiences around the world and has driven a real resurgence for the movies at the box office, so bosses knew they couldn’t lose him just yet.”
The tabloid also claims that the second of Craig’s two new Bond films could be a remake of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which starred George Lazenby, and saw Bond settle down and marry Diana Rigg’s Tracy Di Vicenzo
“There is no time to waste on getting Daniel locked in,” the source continued. “But the deal is almost done and the idea of returning to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service for the 26th movie is really exciting. The film sees James get married, only for his wife to be killed, so it would be an explosive way to end his reign as 007.”
While Craig’s return has yet to be officially confirmed, amid cries that he ought to pass the Bond baton to somebody else, development on the franchise’s 25th film has been gaining momentum in recent weeks, with directors Denis Villeneuve, David Mackenzie and Yann Demange all linked with the project, and online reports indicating the film will be titled Shatterhand.
Last week saw The Mirror claim that the forthcoming movie will be based on the 2001 novel Never Dream of Dying by Raymond Benson, which saw Bond face off against a blind villain, and fall for a movie star married to a member of a crime organisation known as The Union.