Wonder of wonders! In a kinda-sorta shocking turn of events, last night on CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert international man of mystery Daniel Craig officially announced that he was returning to the silver screen as James Bond.
His announcement came as a bit of a surprise after years of negativity towards the idea.
In fact, in the above clip, you might even go as far as to say that host Colbert wasn’t even prepared for the announcement.
Craig, who first came to prominence in films like Munich and Layer Cake, had previously been vocally against reprising the character.
Craig went so far as to telling Time Out Magazine in 2015 that he would rather “slit his wrists” than return as the sleek and smooth spy 007.
Since replacing Pierce Brosnan in 2005 for the lead role in Casino Royale, Craig played the MI6 super spy in Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre.
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He was the sixth actor to assume the role.
Craig’s return to the role that put him on the map has been met with mostly positive reactions.
While some fans were bothered by the actor’s sudden change of heart, many others are excited to see him mix it up with more international baddies.
Of those upset with the news, one of the consistent threads, however, is simply that fans of the series are disappointed that after much discussion, they won’t see a new, possibly non-white James Bond for the foreseeable future.
Idris Elba, another handsome British action star was said to be strongly considered for the part, which really got fans of the series energized.
Sadly, their enthusiasm will have to wait for now as other suitable replacements have thrown their names into the hat.