The new James Bond is, still Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig confirmed he will return to star in the 25th James Bond film while talking with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” Tuesday. The yet untitled film arrives in theaters Nov. 8, 2019.

Colbert, who called Craig “the greatest Bond” asked him point-blank whether he would return as Bond, to which he replied yes, with a smile. He added that this will likely be his last Bond film. “I think this is it,” he said. “I just want to go out on a high note and I can’t wait.”

Daniel Craig promotes "Spectre"

Daniel Craig promotes the 24th James Bond film “Spectre” in 2015 at Rome’s city hall. | Vincenzo Pinto, Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Until the Colbert interview, Craig had not yet confirmed in interviews whether he would play Bond again since the movie was announced in July. In a Forbes article, writer Scott Mendelson speculates that Craig was always under contract for another 007 movie. “As long as Eon Productions and MGM gave him time to recover from Spectre and/or do other projects in between Bond movies, it was a near-inevitability that he would return for one last ride,” Mendelson writes. “And, so, as predicted by myself (and I’m sure others), he waited until right before his new movie opened to drop the news.”

Craig explained to Colbert his choice to wait to reveal his Bond plans until then. “I’ve been quite cagey about it,” he said. “I’ve been doing interviews all day, and people have been asking me, and I have been rather coy. But I kind of felt like, if I was going to speak the truth, I should speak the truth to you.”

Shortly after filming “Spectre” in 2015, Craig told a reporter he would rather “slit my wrists” than play Bond again. He referred to that statement Tuesday and told Colbert, “Instead of saying something with style and grace, I said something really stupid.”

In addition to the Colbert interview, Craig also made the news official on his Twitter account.

Daniel Craig at United Nations

Daniel Craig at the United Nations in New York in 2015. | Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

In other movie news involving Craig, he plays Joe Bang in “Logan Lucky,” a southern heist comedy, which hits theaters Aug. 18. The movie introduces viewers to a side of Craig never seen before, reports Slate.com, noting that until now, Craig has played things “awfully straight” with dramas and serious action films. In the movie, Craig sports a bleached mohawk to play a felon.

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