Bond 25: New Film Gets Writers, Daniel Craig’s Return Still Pending

It always seems like quite the struggle to get every third film in the James Bond franchise underway. After the lukewarm reception of 2008’s Quantum of Solace, the production of Skyfall was suspended for a while due to  MGM’s own financial issues in 2010, and now on the heels of another lukewarm film in Spectre, it seems pretty slow going for the project. 

Of course, one of the chief questions from all of this has been the involvement of Daniel Craig. The dude made no attempt to hide his disdain at the time for playing the shallow MI6 agent. During the promotion circuit, he famously stated he would rather slash his wrists than do another Bond film. That was comment that was slightly taken out of context. Craig likely meant he didn’t want to go immediately from one film to the next, and that he was  and in later interviews, he conceded that he was lucky to have the gig.

But would he actually be willing to come back to the franchise that remains to be seen, even given the update from Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye, who took to Twitter to give an update on the 25th film in the Bond franchise.

For the currently-untitled Bond flick, the producers are bringing back Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who both have written for many a Bond film including duds like The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, and Quantum of Solace, as well as hits like Casino Royale and Skyfall. In short, there’s no telling what to expect from the quality of this one, as it seems to vary project to project.

The bigger note here has to do with Craig’s involvement. Simply put, we don’t know what it is yet. Since the release of Spectre, rumors have circulated the web on potential replacements for the British star, as well as talks of dump trucks full of money to bring him back to the franchise for a few more runs in an attempt to have him shepherd a new 007 into the franchise. The latter deal has since been disproven, but as it’s been some time since Spectre’s release, Craig may be more than up for the challenge. It may just be a matter of negotiations at this point.

What do you think of this news? Are you happy to see these writers back, and do you want to see Daniel Craig return to the franchise? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Baz Bamigboye (via Twitter)

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