Reports from The New York Times on Tuesday revealed that Daniel Craig, the 49-year-old English actor who once said he would rather slash his wrists than play James Bond a fifth time, is returning as 007 in 2019.
Cinemagoers are in for a big treat with the highly-anticipated action/adventure flick which will be the 25th movie in the franchise that has remained relevant for several generations.
Accordingly, London-based Eon Productions which oversees the Bond brand and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer which holds rights to the franchise announced on Monday that the much-acclaimed movie would return to US cinemas on 8 November 2019 with an earlier release in Britain and worldwide.
The release date puts the spy movie in direct competition with a live-action fairy tale from Walt Disney Studios which is supposed to be released the same day.
According to Eon and MGM, the film’s cast and director would be announced “at a later date,” they said in a statement on Tuesday. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will write the script for the new Bond movie. The duo had teamed up on the screenplays for the last six Bond installments, starting with “The World Is Not Enough” in 1999. They are also behind previous Bond films, including the four earlier iterations in which Craig starred to critical acclaim and box office success.
While details about the new Bond movie is still scanty, we can be sure that Craig’s return is a “done deal”.
This follows, Craig’s decision to move on from the role after a grueling shoot for the last Bond movie, “Spectre”. At the time, Craig expressed his determination to cut ties with the role which he took over in 2006 with “Casino Royale.”
Daniel Craig on “Spectre”
In 2015, he told Time Out magazine: “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists… We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
When asked if he meant for good, he replied: “For at least a year or two… If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”
Notwithstanding, Craig later distanced himself from those remarks. According to him, they could be attributed to being tired after a grueling shoot for his last Bond movie “Spectre” in 2015.
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