To those close to the source, Daniel Craig was always going to return to the James Bond franchise. Following healthy talks with producer Barbara Broccoli behind the scenes, the Englishman rediscovered his passion for acting again on the stage and as he been on the media circuit promoting Logan Lucky, all anyone wanted to know was his involvement. In or out - officially speaking?
His last installment Spectre scored big at the box office and it was obvious the studio were not looking anywhere else but the 49-year old to lead them to movie number 25. Fortunately for MGM and Columbia, they can rest easy knowing they have their man.
Morning Mumblings Left No One The Wiser
What would make this eventual announcement all the more curious was Craig's refusal to give confirmation only hours earlier. Speaking on Boston's Morning Magic radio show, he told the host that his return was still completely in the air as no decision had been made by either party.
"No decision has been made at the moment, there's a lot of noise out there and nothing official has been confirmed and I'm not, like, holding out for more money or doing anything like that," he remarked. "It's just all very personal decisions to be made at the moment... I know they're desperate to get going and I would in theory love to do it, but there is no decision, uh, just yet."
Fast forward a couple of hours, and Craig was back.
Craig Breaks From Cage and Tells All: He's Back
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Daniel Craig, will you return as James Bond? - @StephenAtHome
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) August 16, 2017
Attending the afternoon shoot for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Craig admitted that he secretly held his cards close to his chest. Using the program as a platform, he let it be known that his license to kill had been renewed.
“I have been quite cagey about it," he said. "I have been doing interviews all day and people have been asking me and I think I’ve been rather coy. But kind of felt like if I was going to speak the truth I should speak truth to you.”
Switching from another monologue littered with talking points from Donald Trump's New York press conference, Colbert was desperate for a scoop.
"We could use some good news here. Daniel Craig, will you return as James Bond?" asked Colbert. Pausing for a second, Craig replied “Yes.”
The comedian then quizzed the actor if this 25th feature will be his last. With a report indicating that he will be back for two films titled Shatterhand and a reboot of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Craig was of the opinion that the next James Bond blockbuster will be his last.
“I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note and I can’t wait."