Daniel Craig Will Return For Bond 25 And Here’s Why…

[Updated in light of Daniel Craig’s recent New Yorker interview]

There has been a huge amount of press rumour in recent months concerning Daniel Craig and his future in the role of Bond. Some say he’s already quit. Some say Eon productions are throwing huge sums of money to lure him back for Bond 25. Some say Tom Hiddleston has already been offered the job and others said Charlie Hunnam has been given 30 days to ‘think it over.’

While speculation has been rife in the press, so far absolutely nothing has been confirmed (or indeed denied) by either Daniel himself or Eon Productions.

Last week we asked 5x Bond director John Glen whether he thought Daniel would return for Bond 25. His response? “I wouldn’t be at all surprised.”

With all that said, let’s look at why we believe Daniel Craig will definitely be returning for Bond 25…

1. Daniel’s Schedule Is Open Right When They’d Film Bond 25

Daniel Craig is busy. This year he’s signed up for Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’ alongside Channing Tatum and Adam Driver. He’s appearing on stage in Othello opposite David Oyelowo from December 2016 to January 2017. He even has a starring role in the upcoming Scott Rudin miniseries ‘Purity’ where Craig will play the character of Andreas Wolf.

For Daniel, the rest of 2016 and indeed most of 2017 is very busy indeed. 2018 however is currently wide open. Should Bond 25 follow the expected 3 year gap after SPECTRE, this is precisely where shooting for the next Bond adventure would take place.

Ultimately, Daniel’s schedule is booked solid right up until the very time time Bond 25 would start shooting. That’s enough to raise an eyebrow, wouldn’t you say?

2. None Of The “Confirmed” Stories In The Press Have Come True

These stories usually follow a similar pattern. Firstly, the root of the story comes from a conveniently unnamed ‘source.’ Next the story contains a star that is one of 3 things. They’re either far too big a name to take on the role (Tom Hardy or Michael Fassbender). They feature an actor who has recently appeared in a Bond-like role (Hiddleston in The Night Manager) or they’re far too similar to Daniel himself (Hunnam).

Which begs the question, with all the rumours flying around why have Eon productions and Daniel himself been so quiet on the subject of Bond 25?

Firstly (and perhaps most importantly), it’s good for business. All this speculation is great for the Bond brand. With multi-year breaks between films, it all helps to keep Bond in the public eye.

You also have to look at how the hype machine works. This is show business after all. It makes perfect sense for them to keep us all in the dark. If Eon were to publicly state that none of the rumours were true, the conversation would immediately stop. Along with it goes all the free “advertising” in the press.

3. Daniel Craig Is Money In The Bank

We’re currently in a new “golden age” for the James Bond films. Skyfall broke records as the most financially successful Bond ever at over $1B+ at the box office. SPECTRE followed up with over $880m.

Bond hasn’t seen audiences like that since the days of Connery. Daniel returning as 007 for Bond 25 is money in the bank and Barbara Broccoli and Eon Productions won’t let that go easily.

Which leads us on to the 4th point…

4. Daniel Craig Got Co-Producer Credit On SPECTRE

A Bond actor getting a co-producer credit is unprecedented in the series. While Sean Connery received a record pay day to return for his final Eon produced Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever, even he didn’t get a producer credit.

The very fact that Daniel Craig was billed as a co-producer on SPECTRE says everything. They want to keep him for the long term. Had SPECTRE truly been Daniel’s last appearance, would they have offered him anything other than the starring role alone?

5. The Blofeld Connection

It took decades of legal wrangling to bring the character of Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the SPECTRE organisation itself back under the control of Eon Productions. Considering Blofeld was the shadowy antagonist behind 6 of the first 7 Bond films before legal trouble made him vanish from our screens, would they waste him on just one film?

Christoph Waltz has gone on the record as saying he’ll return as long as Daniel does…and he wasn’t exactly dead at the end of SPECTRE was he? What’s the one reason you wouldn’t kill off your main villain? Because you want to bring him back for the next one, obviously 😃

6. The Final Line In The Leaked SPECTRE Scripts

In the final scene of 2015’s SPECTRE, Bond and Madeleine Swann drive off into the sunset in his trademark Aston Martin DB5. What most people don’t know is an earlier draft of the script had Madeleine ask Bond where they were heading, only for Bond to reply “I have a few ideas, after all (pause for dramatic effect) we have all the time in the world.”

For anyone who doesn’t know, that line was used in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which featured the murder of Bond’s wife at the hands of Blofeld.

Granted that line wasn’t used in the final cut of SPECTRE, but it does show the direction the writers/producers were thinking of going for Bond 25.

[UPDATE.] Daniel’s New Yorker Interview

Daniel recently appeared on-stage for an interview titled ‘Beyond Bond’ for the New Yorker Festival. James Bond Radio listener Wilfred Picorelli asked Daniel if SPECTRE was the end of his character arc as Bond. Here is his response…

Later, Daniel went on to say:

“The things I get to do on a Bond movie and the type of work it is, there’s no other job like it. There’s just no other job like it.” Adding “If I were to stop doing it, I’d miss it terribly.”

The key words there being If I were to stop…” which clearly indicate the recent press reports are 100% false. There we have it from the horses mouth folks.

Written by Tom Sears (with Jack Lugo)
With added material from Wilfred Picorelli
Featured Image by Brett Spencer

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  • Ralf Lewandowski

    In these grim times of heaps of bullshit in the press who gets Bond wrong all the time, this newspost just makes me extremely happy. Daniel Craig WILL return in Bond 25.

  • Travis Nicholls

    I couldn’t agree more with the article. I have never believed Craig wouldn’t return. Although I do like the rumours saying that the next two Bond films will be shot back to back with Craig and Waltz returning. This would be a great swansong for both characters a epic two part story of the battle between Bond and Blofled, much like the books of OHMSS AND YOLT.

  • Simon Woolley

    Totally spot on, as we’ve all known for ages. Nailed on for #25….beyond that……? I wish people would stop getting Bond wrong!

    • 30james wilks

      I enjoyed your Alan Partridge reference….

    • CookPassPartridge

      I also enjoyed your Partridge reference! Thankyou haha

  • Simon Hunter

    Thanks for the heads-up, guys. I bumped into John Glenn in 1992 and he assured me that he would be directing Bond 17 the following year, so I would take his opinion with a pinch of salt.
    However, I agree with you about Craig returning and I suspect that EON, and for that matter, Craig (wearing his co-producer hat) are sitting back and letting the hype swell. What better way is there to get a new distributor interested?

  • Fraser Lockley

    Perfect summary and a breath of fresh air in all the current speculation!
    Not having Daniel back doesnt make sense unless hes determined hes through with continuing in the role.
    I would absolutely love to see him do one or better still two more films and really get have Bond come up against spectre and the fully formed Blofeld.
    A revenge story has been done before in Licence to kill (one of my absolute favourite films!) but we were denied the pay off after ohmss with the disappointing follow up diamonds are forever.
    Also the you only live twice novel has barely been used and ive always liked the way it featured a heartbroken and grieving Bond, thrown against a mysterious enemy that tuns out to Blofeld.
    The story, then carried over into the beginning of the man with the golden gun, where a brainwashed Bond attempts to kill M and is then subsequently propelled back against another formidable enemy.
    The grittiness of these stories would really suit Craigs portrayal.
    Fingers crossed whatever approach they take next time we get another quality film!

  • Stephan Bäckman

    The only reason you make an actor producer on a film is so that he can get a bigger salary since he has two jobs. Its a union thing. They do not want the salary’s to go up for actors so they appoint them more titles. With that said I am 110% sure that Craig will do at least one more Bond film due to the opportunity to make more money on that film (as producer cut on final revenue) then he will do on his forthcoming carer after Bond. Because we all know what happens once you have ended your life as the most famous movie character in the world.

    • Brian Gorman

      er, yes, Connery simply vanished, didn’t he? 😉

  • James Dutton

    The big problem Ive had with all of this, is the really lack of any development work on bond 25 a year after spectre! If Daniel wants to do another one just say yes now, if he doesn’t then say no! We need to start moving forward with the next film, and Daniel delaying is not helping anyone!

  • sroeland

    I have to say, I’m really glad they didn’t use that line at the end of ‘Spectre’.

  • Jid

    Spectre was woeful – Despite Craig – he should have walked away after Skyfall

  • rahatul alam

    Yeah I agree but im part of the demographic that would be okay if this is danny boys last film. But if not, im totally okay with it, i mean if you can bring Christoph waltz back then hell yes. And make the faithful adaptation of you only live twice because he gets to kill blofeld. And its such a good story i mean shutterhands come on.

  • Jeff Hopkins

    Always felt that Spectre was Craig’s OHMSS. Would be great for Bond 25 to start with Madeleine being Murdered by Blofield.

  • paulus

    Each new Bond actor starts strong and then the movies devolve into cartoon parodies… Unfortunately Craig’s outing is no different. Casino Royale was an awesome movie… and now we are back to absurdity.

    • Zeke

      Roger Moore started weak and got weaker and more absurd with each movie.