– by Joseph Jammer Medina

For well over a year, fans have been wondering whether or not Daniel Craig would actually consider returning to the fold as James Bond in a fifth film. Following the production of Spectre, Craig famously said that he would rather slash his wrists than do another one at that moment, and many seemed to take this as indication that he was through playing the famous gentleman spy.

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However, not too long ago, it was reported that Craig would indeed be returning for another Bond, and while that isn’t official just yet, it’s only a matter of time until that changes. However, few of us would even dream that Craig would return for yet another outing after Bond 25. Now, the British tabloid, The Sun, is reporting that Craig is not signed on for just one, but TWO James Bond films, the second of which (or the 26th film in the franchise) will be a remake of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Here’s what a supposed insider had to say about the upcoming deals between Craig and the studio.

“There was plenty of talk about who would be the next Bond but Barbara has managed to talk Daniel into two more films. He is loved by audiences around the world and has driven a real resurgence for the movies at the box office, so bosses knew they couldn’t lose him just yet. The script is nearly ready for the 25th film, provisionally titled Shatterhand and scheduled to be released in November 2019, so there is no time to waste on getting Daniel locked in. But the deal is almost done and the idea of returning to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service for the 26th movie is really exciting.”

So is this true? While we can neither confirm nor deny its authenticity, we don’t quite buy what The Sun is selling. For starters, The Sun is a renowned tabloid that’s known more for the shocks that it reports than for its accuracy. That’s not to say it can’t be true, but one would be wise to be skeptical of what it has to say. Additionally, the Bond franchise is well known for taking things one film at a time, and this idea that they feel like they NEED Craig seems a bit strange, especially since recent years have proven that stars don’t sell movies, recognizable brands do.

Again, this is not to say that this IS false. For all we know, they could see Craig as an opportunity to close things out in the right way, and are therefore more willing to compromise in terms of payment. But if I were to rate the accuracy of this one, I’d say it has a 20 percent chance of being real. While I can see the logic in it, between the source of the news, the studio not wanting to hand over an arm and a leg, the fact that they rarely plan multiple films at a time, the reality that stars don’t sell movies, and the fact that Bond has expressed hesitation of returning in the past, we don’t think this one has a high probability of being true.

But we can dream, can’t we? What do you think of this report? Do you buy it? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.