The New York Times reported in July that Craig would play Bond “in at least one more film.” Colbert brought up the Times’ report to Craig during his appearance on the show Tuesday night, prompting him to speak on whether or not he’s accepted the “Bond 25” role.
“I’ve been quite cagey about it,” Craig said. “I’ve been doing interviews all day and people have been asking me and I think I’ve been rather coy, but I kind of felt like if I was gonna speak the truth, I should speak the truth to you.”
Colbert then asked Craig directly if he’d return as James Bond, to which Craig responded with a simple “yes.”
“I couldn’t be happier,” Craig continued, adding that he’s known about the role for a couple of months. “We’ve just been trying to figure things out. I always wanted to. I needed a break.” Craig actually told Time Out in October 2015 that he’d “rather break this glass and slash my wrists” than play James Bond one more time.
“Look, there’s no point in making excuses about it, but it was two days after I’d finished shooting the last movie,” Craig explained of his previous statement. “I went straight into an interview and someone said, ‘Would you do another one?’ And I went, ‘No.’ Instead of saying something with style and grace, I gave a really stupid answer.”
Craig first played James Bond in 2006’s “Casino Royale.” He returned two years later for “Quantum of Solace,” followed by “Skyfall” in 2012 and “Spectre” in 2015. “Bond 25” is slated for a 2019 release.
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