Daniel Craig to Return as James Bond in 2019 Movie (Report)

The actor’s future in the spy series has been under doubt since 2015’s “Spectre”

Last Updated: July 25, 2017 @ 2:30 PM

Daniel Craig will reprise his performance as James Bond in the spy series’ next installment, according to the New York Times.

Franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson of EON Productions, announced on Monday that the 25th James Bond film will hit the U.S. on November 8, 2019. It will rollout in Europe one week prior, keeping with tradition.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will return to write the script, as they have for each Craig-led Bond — titles including “Skyfall,” “Spectre,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale.”

The New York Times says Craig’s return is a “done deal,” citing two sources with knowledge of the negotiations. In April, TheWrap reported that four major studios are locked in a bidding war for the one-off rights. Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures were all vying for the project — no domestic distributor has been announced yet, but the last four films were distributed by Sony and MGM.

The actor first played 007 in the 2006 film “Casino Royale.” He later appeared in “Quantum of Solace” (2008), “Skyfall” (2012) and “Spectre” (2015).

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Apart from Bond, the actor is working on a TV series titled “Purity,” on which he also serves as executive producer. He also just wrapped “Kings,” in which he stars alongside Halle Berry.

Craig is represented by CAA and Slate PR.

Sony has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. MGM declined to comment. A representative for Craig has also not yet responded for comment.