In the end, it turned out that Daniel Craig really did give a fuck after all; after years of dodging, shrugging, and claiming that, if he came back to the part, it would only be “for the money,” Craig confirmed tonight on Late Show With Stephen Colbert that he’ll be back for at least one more turn as international superspy James Bond.
Colbert pressed the actor—who’s currently starring in, and doing press for, Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky—about his caginess regarding his return to the part. “You’ve been reported to have accepted the role of James Bond again in the New York Times. Back in July, they said that you are going to be the next James Bond. People have been asking you. about it all day, and you’ve been kind of cagey.” Craig, affirming his spy-like stoicism, confirmed that he’d been dodging questions about the franchise all day, saying, “People have been asking me and I’ve been rather coy, but I kind of felt like if I was going to speak the truth, I should speak the truth to you.”
Things then got very soulful, as Colbert noted that “We could use some good news here. Daniel Craig, will you be the next James Bond?”
And the crowd went wild, even if the crowd already kind of knew this was coming, because Craig has been hinting about it for a while now. He also suggested that all he needed was a break, and joked about the infamous post-Spectre interview in which he said he’d rather “slit his wrists” then play the part again. “It’s no point in making excuses,” he said, noting that, “It was two days after I finished shooting the last movie. I went straight into an interview and someone said, “Would you do another one. And I went, ‘No!’ And instead of saying something with style and grace, I gave a really stupid answer.” But Colbert, ever-gracious, gave him a pass: “That’s like asking a woman who just gave birth and has like a four-inch episiotomy, ‘Would you like to have another baby?’”