As predicted by … um, everyone — heck, even the puppies seemed to know —
tt’s all but official; as reported by The Mirror, Daniel Craig is returning for Bond 25. Barbara Broccoli and Co. have, as well they should, apparently thrown all the money at the actor to keep him around a little bit longer. As noted in the piece, Craig’s pairing with Adele for Skyfall made more than enough buckets of money to toss a few extra wads of cash his and her way, and still leave plenty for Broccoli’s own pockets.
Honestly, this is a win-win all around. Whatever faults the scripts have had, Craig is a fantastic Bond, and we fans will all run back to the theater to see him again. Adele won an Academy Award, Grammy, Golden Globe, and a Brit Award with her gorgeous theme; who wouldn’t want more of her? With Hiddles out, Idris foolishly deemed too old, and we doubt Broccoli will ever bring on the woman we KNOW would make a fantastic Bond, there’s time enough to scour the world for the next generation 007.
Writers, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Spectre, Skyfall) are aboard, while Broccoli is still in discussions with Adele.
Bond 25 will begin filming next year.
*Update: The film will be released November 8, 2019 (slightly earlier across the pond), and the NYT confirms Craig’s “done deal”.