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If you've been taking bets as to whether or not Daniel Craig was going to come back for Bond 25, it looks to be the time to start collecting and paying out those wagers. Last night, the actor popped up on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his latest film Logan Lucky; but he also ended up confirming that he'll be back for his fifth appearance as 007 in the upcoming film, which is slated for release in 2019. And with that knowledge came an admission that Craig has held onto that knowledge, so he could deliver it to one specific person first: Stephen Colbert. Craig explained that yes, he will be back for Bond 25, noting:
Yes. I couldn't be happier. ... I have to apologize to all the people I've done interviews with today, because I wanted to tell you.
This news comes after weeks of speculation and reports that Daniel Craig was still in the running for the role of James Bond, with a couple of items even going so far as to say the actor was coming back well before he actually announced the news. So naturally, as an actor, Craig apologized to those watching The Late Show for his game of hide and seek with the film press, and further explained just how long he'd known he was coming back. His answer, is, as follows:
It's been a couple of months. We've been discussing, and we've just been trying to sort of figure things out. I always wanted to, I needed a break.
Of course, this whole conversation probably has people thinking about that time Daniel Craig told an interviewer that he'd rather commit an act of self harm than be in Bond 25, but that's another story for another time. Right now, it's just pleasant to know that the man who has played England's top super spy since 2006's Casino Royale is coming back for at least one more film. But if you were hoping to have confirmation on whether or not Craig would be returning for any films past the still untitled follow-up to Spectre, you'll have to try another day.
In the meantime, feel free to watch the full interview between Daniel Craig and Stephen Colbert, as part of the actor's appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: