Daniel Craig Reportedly Returning for Bond 25
Coming off of the high of Skyfall, many James Bond fans were disappointed by 2015's Spectre. I'm actually in the minority for both films. I'm not a huge fan of Skyfall, and I actually rather enjoyed Spectre. I don't exactly classify myself as a James Bond fan, as I've never really seen a Bond movie outside of the Daniel Craig films. I know, I know-- I need to go back and watch the older Bond films. I plan to, and I want to, but I just haven't gotten around to it. Regardless, I've enjoyed the Daniel Craig movies for what they are, and I'm always interested when I hear a new one is coming out. However, after the release of Spectre, there was doubt whether or not Craig would be returning for the next one. He had made some very strange comments after the film's release, saying he would rather "slash his wrists" than play Bond again. In the years since, he has clarified that he was very tired from filming the movie, and he didn't want to think about the process of making another one. There were rumors going back-and-forth for the longest time, hinting at the negotiations between Craig and Sony. Some reports said Craig wanted out of the franchise, and Sony was looking to bring in a new Bond. Other reports said that Craig still wanted to be Bond, and Sony still wanted him, but they were just trying to figure out a contract. With all of this going on, no one was sure what was actually going to end up happening, until now.
It is being reported that Daniel Craig has signed on to do Bond 25, but that the film will be his last outing as the spy. Ultimately, I think this makes sense. Casino Royal was beloved, and Quantum of Solace wasn't. Skyfall was beloved, and Spectre wasn't. It makes sense for Craig to go out on another high note rather than a lukewarm note (at least in the eyes of most fans). Having him do a fifth and final film makes a lot of sense, and it would mark a definitive end to Craig's run, instead of just making his last film simply be the one they just put out. From Craig's position, it makes sense. This franchise has boosted his career, but I'm sure there are other projects he wants to work on. He looks fantastic in this year's Logan Lucky, but he never would have gotten roles like that without the fame Bond brought him. So it makes sense that he would want to go out of the franchise that made his career on a high note, but leave early enough in order to pursue other projects. This also makes sense from Sony's perspective. Under the Craig incarnation of the character, James Bond became a billion dollar franchise. Skyfall made $1.1 billion dollars, and Spectre made $881 million. While the trajectory did go down, those are still huge numbers. James Bond never made those kinds of numbers before, not before Craig was Bond. So it makes sense that Sony would want to stick with Craig, at least for one more movie, since he's such a proven commodity. All around, this makes a lot of sense. I've been interested to see who they would cast next for the role, but I wouldn't mind waiting another few years in order for Daniel Craig to do one last film.
What do you think? Are you glad Daniel Craig will be returning for Bond 25? Should they have gotten a new Bond? Or does this just make sense? Who do you want to direct the new film? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Written by: Nate
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