Daniel Craig has long been said to be retiring from the role of secret agent James Bond, a role he initially stepped into for 2006’s Casino Royale, a reboot of the franchise. He’s portrayed the character three additional times in 2008’s Quantum of Solace, 2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre. Despite his statements of retirement, Craig has confirmed he will be returning for the 25th Bond film, which is currently without a director, after Sam Mendes confirmed he would not be returning after helming Skyfall and Spectre. The screenplay is being written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have written every Bond film since The World Is Not Enough.
According to the Daily Mirror, the film’s working title is Shatterhand, and it will reportedly be partially based on the 2001 Bond novel Never Dream of Dying written by Raymond Benson, the official author of the James Bond novels from 1997 to 2003. The villain of the film is said to be blind,
Here’s the official synopsis from the book:
It begins when a police raid goes horribly wrong, killing innocent men, women, and even children. Bond knows the Union is behind the carnage, and vows to take them down once and for all. His hunt takes him to Paris, into a deadly game of predator and prey, and a fateful meeting with the seductive Tylyn Mignonne, a movie star with a sordid past, who may lead Bond to his final target—or his own violent end. Eventually it leads him to the Union’s latest attack on society, which involves Tylyn’s husband, Leon Essinger, and his new movie, Pirate Island, which stars Tylyn.
Other rumors state that the studio’s shortlist of directors include Yann Demange (’71, Top Boy), Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Arrival) and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water). All three have several projects in the works, so it’s unknown if their availability will allow them to take part.
Daniel Craig’s return has been a huge relief to both fans of the franchise and the current incarnation of the character, considered one of the best versions. Once this film is complete, it will put him at five films playing the role, positioning him third most portrayals behind Roger Moore‘s seven films and Sean Connery‘s six. Once the film is released, he’ll be beating his immediate predecessor, Pierce Brosnon, by one.
Bond 25 is scheduled to hit theaters November 8, 2019.