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Bond 25: Daniel Craig confirms his James Bond return, explains that 'rather slash my wrists' comment

'Instead of saying something with style and grace I gave a really stupid answer'

Christopher Hooton
Wednesday 16 August 2017 07:42
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Daniel Craig says he will be in the next James Bond film, but it will probably be his last

Daniel Craig has confirmed during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert the mounting reports that he will return to the role of James Bond.

Putting an end to months of speculation, Craig, who next appears in Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky, gave an unequivocal answer to the host's point-blank question about whether he has signed on for another instalment: "Yes."

He continued: "I couldn't be happier. I have to apologise to all the people I've done interviews today because I wanted to tell you.

"It's been a couple of months and we've been discussing it and trying to figure it out.

"I always wanted to [come back]. I [just] needed a break."

Craig walked into a trap with that line about having "always wanted to return" though, Colbert bringing up his infamous quote about how he'd 'rather slash his wrists' than make another Bond film.

The actor squirmed in his seat as it was read back to him, before explaining: "Look, there's no point in making excuses about it, but it was two days after I'd finished shooting the last movie. I went straight into an interview and someone said would you do another one and I went 'No!'

"And instead of saying something with style and grace I gave a really stupid answer."

He was quick to shoot down the possibility of him doing a sixth Bond film, however.

"No, I think this is it," he told Colbert. "I just want to go out on a high note and I can't wait."

There is likely a little more to this story, however, and it is very possible Craig was only convinced to return for another Bond film because a high-calibre director has been landed for it. This announcement might even bolster the rumour that Christopher Nolan will be behind the camera.

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