Daniel Craig will reportedly return as James Bond, Adele to sing theme song again

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It’s been about two weeks since we’ve last had any James Bond rumours, and it appears that the internet gods need appeasement. Well, luckily English news publication The Mirror UK is here to claim that “Daniel Craig has changed his mind and is set to sign up for his fifth Bond movie”.

You may recall that after the conclusion of the lacklustre SPECTRE, Craig famously said that he would “rather slash [his] wrists” than star in another Bond movie, after playing the cinematic superspy for 9 years across four movies. Craig seemingly wanted a break from the heavy load of the mega-franchise, and after SPECTRE gave his character a proper “ride off into the sunset” moment, it seemed like a good way to close this chapter of the long-running series.

However, since that time, the Bond franchise has been in serious flux. Partially because of a studio bidding war to pick up the lucrative film rights, but also because Craig has been completely ambiguous about whether he would actually return for the planned 25th James Bond film (despite rumours of being offered a ludicrous sum of money to return). However, Craig has now reportedly decided to hang around for at least one more, with The Mirror’s sources indicating that it was longtime franchise producer Barbara Broccoli who “secured” Craig’s spying services again.

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Broccoli is not done there though. According to The Mirror the producer is “determined” to have multiple award-winning British songstress Adele record the Bond 25 theme song, and is reportedly “talking the singer round”. This is of course not Adele’s first Bond rodeo, as those aforementioned awards include both an Oscar and Grammy (the first Bond song to do this) for the theme song for Skyfall, the record-breaking 23rd Bond film from 2012. That Sam Mendes directed entry in the franchise ended up making $1.109 billion at the global box office, making it the biggest money maker in the 55 year history of the cinematic series. With that kind of success, it’s understandable why Broccoli and co would want to get the band back together again.

That’s if this report is actually true though. We’ve learned to take James Bond rumours with enough salt to fill a secret villainous lair hidden in a dormant volcano, so until we see this officially announced I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high.

Last Updated: July 11, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

    This is the perfect time to refresh the franchise. It’ll be disappointing if they just rehash Skyfall.

    • Hammersteyn

      Kill M again and hire Eminem as the new M?

    • BakedBagel

      Thank God bioware doesnt make movies

  • Hammersteyn

    As long as there’s more Christoph Waltz I’m happy.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Well, imo, he is a good fit for James Bond. I think though Tom Hardy would make an awesome Bond as well.

    Adele, again? Chick always looks and sings like she is going to slit her wrists.

    • miaau

      Jason Statham, although they hated the lack of hair.

      His smile, expressive that it is, is perfect for the role, I think.

    • If I had to pick a replacement from the popular fan picks, it would have to be Tom Hiddleston. The Night Manager was basically an audition for playing Bond and he nailed it

      • MonsterCheddar

        AH YES. Indeed. I think he would do a great job.

      • I_am_Duffman!

        but but. What about Fassbender?

        • miaau

          Hmm, does he have the innate charm though? He does when he smiles, but his general demeanour , not sure if I just saw him in the wrong movies, but even on talk shows, very abrupt body language, then he smiles or laughs and everything changes.

          Maybe just me.

          • Original Heretic

            That’s what happens when you mix German and Irish.

          • miaau

            Yeah, but now that I thought about, man of action, man of steel, big scene, then a he laughs at the end of it and breaks all the tension with that, inclusive type laugh.

            I think he might work out well.

          • Original Heretic

            To be honest, I don’t really care who they cast in the role, as long as they make a good movie. As Kervyn mentions above, most of the recent Bond movies were nothing special.
            IMO, it all went downhill when they took away his gadgets. Now’s he’s just generic spy-man.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Better version of Adele’s Hello.

  • miaau

    Well, not seen any bond movie past Casino Royale, the new one.

    Wife, by coincidence, asked about them earlier this week. Think one of them is on ShowMax or something and she wants to watch them now.

    Any good, really? I know, I know, made $1billion and all that, but, any good? Amd there are like, what, 3 or 4 of them, right?

    We will not download movies, so may end up buying them for R50 each, according to wife. She really wants to see them all.

    • Casino Royale is unfortunately the high point of Craig’s tenure. Skyfall is good (best looking Bond film EVER), but Quantum of Solace is crappy and Spectre is meh. The problem is that there’s actually an overarching plot with all of them so if you skip one you miss out on who certain characters are. Nothing a bit of Wikipedia won’t fix, but still annoying if you’re a completionist like me.

      • miaau

        yeah, thanks. Will pass on to wife.

        No idea why we have not even tried to watch them, we watched ALL the bond films that came out before that, while dating and early in marriage, My wife loved them, funnily enough. Edit* or Pierce Bronsnan, whichever

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