Freshman 007 Craig to return for second Bond adventure

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The new James Bond hasn't even had his first martini yet and he's already got another job, according to reports in the US.

The producers behind Casino Royale, this autumn's return to action for agent 007, said new star Daniel Craig would reprise the role in a second Bond flick due out on May 2, 2008.

"As we wrap production on Casino Royale, we couldn't be more excited about the direction the franchise is heading with Daniel Craig," producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a Los Angeles news release from Sony Pictures.

"Daniel has taken the origins of Ian Fleming's James Bond portraying, with emotional complexity, a darker and edgier 007."

Craig was chosen last year to replace Pierce Brosnan as Bond, the British super-spy who likes his martinis shaken, not stirred.

The 2008 release will be the 22nd film in the action franchise, whose previous Bonds have included Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton.

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