WATCH: Daniel Craig Confirms Return As James Bond
16 August 2017, 09:08
The British actor has finally revealed he'll be reprising his role as 007.
Daniel Craig has confirmed he will return for his fifth James Bond movie.
The 49-year-old actor revealed he will reprise his role as the suave spy in the forthcoming 25th film in the series, and he "couldn't be happier" to have signed up for the part again.
When asked on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert if he would be playing the iconic role for a fifth time, he replied: "Yes. I couldn't be happier."
Watch the full interview here:
"I've been quite cagey about it. I've been doing interviews about it all day and people have been asking me and I've been kind of coy but I kind of felt like, if I was going to speak the truth, I should speak the truth to you."
The star admitted he "always wanted to return" to the role, but confirmed the next Bond movie will be his last.
He added: "I think this is it. This is it. I just want to go out on a high note, and I can't wait."
Daniel previously hit the headlines for saying he would only do another Bond film "for the money", and would rather "slash [his] wrists" than star in one again.
But the actor - who played 007 in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre - has admitted that comment was "really stupid".
He added: "Look, there's no point in making excuses about it, but it was two days after I'd finished shooting the last movie, I went straight to an interview, and someone said, 'Would you do another one?'
"Instead of saying something with style and grace, I gave a really stupid answer."
The announcement was seconded by the official James Bond Twitter account this morning, who wrote: "Daniel Craig to return as 007 in Bond 25."
The franchise previously confirmed The next Bond film will be released in 2019, with a tweet which read: "James Bond will return to US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a traditional earlier release in the UK and the rest of the world."
James Bond will return to US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a traditional earlier release in the UK and the rest of the world. pic.twitter.com/6HnaDnfruK— James Bond (@007) July 24, 2017
Before it was known Daniel Craig was returning to the role, several stars were linked to the part, including Idris Elba, who recently admitted the actor has been "clever" in distancing himself from the character.
Speaking about speculation the star will be paid $150 million to return to the franchise, Idris said: "Daniel Craig is a great Bond.
"I think honestly he and his business team are very clever, 'No I won't do it. $150million? Yes, I will do it.' "
Last month, the Bond Twitter account also paid tribute to Chris Cornell - who featured on the Bond Theme for Casino Royale - on what would have been his 53rd Birthday.
Musician Chris Cornell was born on this day in 1964. He sadly passed away this year. He performed CASINO ROYALE's “You Know My Name." pic.twitter.com/6UA6oLcVKy— James Bond (@007) July 20, 2017
At the time of his passing in May, Daniel Craig - who made his debut as the spy in Casino Royale - also paid tribute to the Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman.
Hear Cornell's amazing vocals on You Know My Name, below: