The day Daniel Craig began promoting the last James Bond film, Spectre, the media was already asking him about the next 007 film. His response was that he would rather slash his wrists with a piece of broken glass than think about another film at that point.
For some reason, everyone took the snark as intent, ignoring the fact that the guy was probably burnt out from a grueling filming schedule and months of promotion ahead of him. And although it's taken two years for any sort of word on the temporarily named Bond 25, there are rumblings from London's The Mirror that Bond is coming back and Craig will renew 007's license to kill for the fifth time.
Notes The Mirror—which is also claiming that Adele, who sang the title song of 2012's Skyfall, is being pursued for an encore—"A source involved in the project said: 'Craig and Adele together are the winning team, the ultimate choice, the money spinners. It’s taken time but Daniel has come round and the strong consensus in the Bond offices is that Mr Craig is 007 again. As for Adele, she’s more of an unknown quantity, but loved being part of Bond, so the signs are positive.”
None of which is written in stone at this point.
Fans of 007 have been wondering what the story is with the Bond film and why there hasn’t been much in the way of news on the subject. Part of it may be that producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli were waiting for Craig’s schedule to be free to fit the next film in, and part of it may be that they just don’t know which way to go following the mixed reaction that Spectre received from critics.
Neal Purvis, who with Robert Wade co-wrote every Bond film from 1999’s The World Is Not Enough through Skyfall, while also contributing to Spectre, recently offered up some of the potential challenges facing the new film creatively. “I’m just not sure how you would go about writing a James Bond film now,” he said. “Each time, you’ve got to say something about Bond’s place in the world, which is Britain’s place in the world. But things are moving so quickly now that that becomes tricky. With people like Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality. So when they do another one, it will be interesting to see how they deal with the fact that the world has become a fantasy.
Beyond Bond himself, there’s a question of who would direct, given that Sam Mendes, who took on both Skyfall and Spectre, has decided to move on. There have been rumblings of Christopher Nolan, but one can't imagine EON Productions (the people behind Bond) giving him the sort of creative freedom he'd want, or Nolan relinquishing the sort of control he usually has.
Another candidate could be Chad Stahelski, recently represented on screen by John Wick Chapter 2, who, while promoting that film, commented, “I’m interested in projects where you can world create. To jump back into somebody else’s world where it’s already been around for so long would be scary. But if there was one property, that wouldn’t be a bad one to try and invest yourself…. I think the timing is good for a slight reinvention with a different perspective shift.” Given the energy of the John Wick films, that kind of infusion wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.
Craig has previously played Bond in Casino Royale (2006), Quantum Of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).