Ever since the release of Spectre, James Bond fans have wondered if Daniel Craig would return to the role of James Bond. Every indication was that if he did, it would only be for one more movie. However, it is now being reported that the deal that we've heard was recently made to bring Daniel Craig back into the fold is actually for two films, not just one.
Last week it was revealed that the next James Bond film, the 25th in the franchise, is going by the name Shatterhand and is said to be based on 2001 James Bond novel Never Dream of Dying. Now, The Sun is reporting that after that film is done Craig will return one final time for another film, which is currently rumored to be a remake of On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Needless to say, this news, if true, is surprising. Daniel Craig's response to the idea of playing James Bond again following Spectre was that he'd rather slash his own wrists, and while he was clearly hyperbolizing, it did seem like the role was taking a toll on the actor. Luring him back for one more movie seemed like something that might be possible. Convincing him to do two more up front didn't even seem like an idea that was on the table. The impression was that trying something like that was exactly what might make Craig walk away.
The decision of what that second movie could be is also an interesting one. On Her Majesty's Secret Service, is sort of the black sheep of the James Bond collection as it's the only film that starred George Lazenby in the lead role. For the most part, people tend to skip over it and go straight from Sean Connery into Roger Moore. The fact that it's the least well known of the series makes it the best choice for the first remake of the franchise. The original Casino Royale isn't considered part of the same series and Never Say Never Again, which was a remake of Thunderball, was also a separate project.
Fans of Daniel Craig as James Bond will certainly be thrilled to hear that he may be back for a pair of movies. This will also likely make production move a little faster since they will already know who their lead is and what sort of a James Bond movie they'll be making.
It looks like all those hopefuls who were interested in playing James Bond can move on to other things. By the time Daniel Craig is done with the role now, all those actors will be several years older and the list of potential new Bonds will probably include names we don't even know yet.