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Daniel Craig says James Bond return isn't confirmed

‘There’s a lot of nonsense being said’

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We have a release date for the next James Bond film, but we still don’t have a Bond. Despite reports regarding Daniel Craig’s return as 007 in the follow-up to 2015’s Spectre, the actor says nothing is confirmed just yet.

Asked about his 007 involvement on WMMR’s Preston & Steve show, Craig said, “I hate to burst the bubble on that one. There’s no decision made just yet. I’m not trying to be coy with you, but there’s a lot of noise out there at the moment and I’m trying to stay out of it. There’s a lot of nonsense being said and I’m just like — I read the papers, like, ‘I said, what?’ It’s all news to me.”

In a separate interview with another radio station, Craig made similar comments. “I’d hate to burst the bubble, but no decision has been made at the moment. There’s a lot of noise out there and nothing official has been confirmed and I’m not, like, holding out for more money or doing anything like that. It’s just all very personal decisions to be made at the moment. I know they’re desperate to get going and I would in theory love to do it, but there is no decision just yet.”

The New York Times reported in July that Craig’s days as the international man of mystery weren’t yet over, citing “two people briefed on the matter.” However, his involvement now seems as unknown as when reports first started flying out.

“When asked 20 feet from the end of the marathon, ‘Will you do another marathon?’ the answer is simple. It’s like, ‘No, I won’t,'” Craig said in October 2016. He added, “There is no other job like it… if I were to stop doing it, I would miss it terribly.”

A director, cast, and title have yet to be announced for Bond 25, though it has been scheduled for release in U.S. theaters on Nov. 8, 2019, following an earlier debut in the U.K. and select international markets.