It was announced last month, rather surprisingly, that Daniel Craig would be signing on to yet another Bond film, despite his very well known comment that he’d rather “slash his wrists” than reprise the role. Well, now, Craig has gone one further and announced that he will be playing 007 in two new movies, so I expect wheelbarrows of cash are heading to his mansion right as we speak.
Barbara Broccoli (who I still believe is a Sesame Street character) must have some excellent negotiation skills under her belt to have convinced the unlikely Bond star to reprise the role. Had she persuaded him sooner, we wouldn’t have been burdened with the on/off news of Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston taking on the agent.
For the most part, Daniel Craig has had a popular run starring in the franchise from 2006’s Casino Royale, since starring in Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), and Spectre (2015). Controversy, however, surrounded the casting of the fair-haired, more boxer than Bond actor, and it seems that that controversy is making a return.
A considerable amount of critics are arising, exclaiming that it’s time for Craig to quit. Some claim he’s too old, others say he doesn’t respect or enjoy the role. Some people are probably just fed up and want something new.
The actor’s extended return, it has been speculated, has been made possible due to the exit of Sam Mendes from the franchise. The director, who helmed Skyfall and Spectre, is said to have been the source of creative tensions on the set of the 2015 installment. Craig is apparently delighted that he is no longer associated with Bond, and his u-turn came shortly after Mendes’ departure. Oh, and money.
The upcoming 25th Bond film is set for a November 2019 release. Plenty more details to come.