Looks Like Daniel Craig Is Coming Back To Play James Bond After All
New James Bond, The actor once famously said he’d rather “slash my wrists” than reprise his role. Well, it looks like Daniel Craig is coming back (slashed wrists and all) for at least one more martini. Shaken, not stirred. In his defense, Craig had already walked back his surprising comment, saying he would “miss it terribly” if he left the “Bond” films.
Two sources close to production has pretty much confirmed Craig’s return “is a done deal.” But a representative for Craig declined to comment when contacted by HuffPost. The news comes after Eon Productions, which oversees the 007 franchise and studio MGM announced the next Bond film would hit North American theaters on November 8, 2019. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who wrote the past six Bond movies, will write the script for the upcoming installment, which Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli will produce. Further details about the next film, including cast members and plot points, remain sparse, though rumors are swirling that Cara Delevingne is in line to become a Bond Girl.
The rumor that Craig is returning left lots of people excited about his potential return. After all, it’s familiar and safe, and change is scary. But many Bond aficionados are not so sure. Is a fifth Craig outing really what they are wanting? Daniel Craig is a fine Bond and most wouldn’t be opposed to seeing him return. On the other hand, it might be time to move on. Bond 2019‘s release will mark the 13th year of Craig playing Bond, which will make him the longest running Bond. (Roger Moore played him for 12 years between 1973 and 1985, albeit in seven movies to Craig’s possible five.) Craig is hugely responsible for bringing the franchise back from extinction in 2006 with Casino Royale. Admittedly, the Craig movies have added a new level of complexity to the franchise by delving more into Bond’s past and allowing him to be broken. However, Craig is not the definitive Bond, nor should anyone be.
This franchise was able to survive over half a century by giving Bond the ability to “regenerate.” With this new movie, it will be 50 years since George Lazenby had to be the unfortunate trial balloon (taking over for Connery in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), but since then we’ve been conditioned to accept new faces as part of his character. Keeping an entire generation tied to a single actor for this character will make it harder to move on when Craig finally really has enough. (Which, even not taking into account the sarcastic comment of “slashed wrists,” he probably has.) For all the many complaints one could levy against Spectre, it succeeded on one point: bringing an end to Craig’s “story.” He discovers who was responsible for the death of Vesper Lynn and decides (for no good reason) to throw away his gun instead of killing Blofeld before driving off to points unknown. It also works on a thematic sense – his era begins with him having to kill in Casino Royale and deciding he doesn’t have to in Spectre. If there ever would have been a time to bring in a new Bond and move past the Craig era, it would have been now.
Daniel Craig Brought An Edginess To The Bond Character But It Is Time To Regenerate “007” Again
Susan Z’s Conclusion:
I definitely believe this will be Craig’s last outing as “007”. Age is not on his side going into any further installments past this 2019 release. Even Roger Moore was showing a little more wear and tear than was comfortable to believe and probably should not have done his last James Bond flick.
Queen of Swords:
This is a woman of straight forward answers, sometimes carrying scars from the past. I feel this may be a female that was instrumental in talking Craig into carrying one more film. Her instincts are good and she feels this movie will bring about closure on this storyline.
Eight of Wands:
This is fast movement of circumstances. I believe this decision came about quickly with Craig having to make up his mind rather fast if he was going to make one more movie. If he said no, then the whole ball game changes with new face, new story line etc.
Inverted (Upside Down)
This is about everything working out ok, regardless. Since pulled inverted, I feel it shows the doubts of Craig carrying another Bond flick successfully but mostly they were his not the producers.
Susan Z Rich is an emotional addiction counselor, spiritual intuitive and holistic therapist. She counsels others to see life in a more positive way and teaches personal accountability for life choices. She is also the author of several children’s books and Soul Windows…Secrets From The Divine. (life cycles) Learn more at her website: www.szrwhitewings.com