Daniel Craig is heading for the next Bond set sooner than we might have thought. On Tuesday, the British star confirmed to the Associated Press that the upcoming 007 movie—his fifth in the franchise—will be his next film. Break out out your martinis and Omega watches, because Bond 25 is upon us.
Though he confirmed the Bond film is his next project lined up, Craig stayed quiet about whether or not Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle would direct the film. “Well see. Well see,” he responded.
Boyle himself confirmed last month that he was eyeing the next film, and was working on a script with Richard Curtis (Love Actually) and John Hodge (Trainspotting). “It all depends on that, really,” he told Variety. “We hope to start shooting that in six or seven weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year.” This would be a dream come true for MGM, who has been eyeing Boyle for a Bond film for years now, but has yet to make an official announcement about the Slumdog Millionaire directors participation.
Though Boyle will be a new entry to the franchise, this will be Craigs fifth time suiting up for the character, which seems to get harder and harder for him with each film. The actor made headlines on his last Bond press tour in 2015, saying hed rather “slash [his] wrists” than take up the mantle once more. He also added, for good measure, that if he did it, it would “only be for the money” and that he doesnt “give a fuck” which actor comes next. The quotes instantly went viral and have since haunted Craig at every turn, on top of earning him a furious phone call from Gary Barber, MGMs chief executive and chairman.
“Instead of saying something with style and grace, I said something really stupid,” Craig said in an interview with Stephen Colbert last year. He then confirmed that he had signed up for one more film.
“I just want to go out on a high note,” he said. “I cant wait.”
And soon, his 007 curse will be broken. Craig can shuffle off the cuff links, the suits, the fancy little weapons, all the last vestiges of Bondism keeping him tethered to Britains most tireless franchise, passing it off to the next schmuck ready for instant worldwide fame and billion-dollar box-office glory.
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In 1989, Hepburn—who survived World War II in the Netherlands as a child—was appointed as an ambassador to UNICEF, and, as the organization mentions on its Web site, she made up to 15 speeches a day for the group on behalf of children in need around the world. In a 1988 Global News interview, Hepburn, who lived in Switzerland and out of the public eye, said that she didnt have to think hard to take on this role to be an advocate for children. “Im moving around the world once again, but Im happy to do it, because for children, Id go to the moon.”Photo: By Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket/Getty Images.
Fonda was a vocal anti-war activist during the Vietnam War, sparking controversy with her infamous “Hanoi Jane” photograph. Since then, Fonda has been known for supporting and championing dozens of causes, including the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, for which she raised money at her big 80th birthday bash this past December. “If it didnt make a difference for famous people to speak out, the right wing wouldnt object. We are like repeaters,” she told Vanity Fair then. “Repeaters are the towers that you see at the top of mountains that pick up signals from the valley and carry them over the mountains to a broader audience. And thats what celebrities do, if were doing our job right. Were picking up the voices of people who cant be heard and broadcasting their story.”Photo: From Bettmann/Getty Images.
The actor and singer, and friend of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, has spoken up for civil rights and social causes for over 50 years. He helped organize the march at Selma in 1965, and even advised the organizers of the 2017 Womens March. Now at the age of 91, he is encouraging Americans to keep their chins up in the Trump era. “I guess the thing that I most want to get to is that the best of us is still in front of us; the worst of us were experiencing,” he said at the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Awards last December.Photo: From Bettmann/Getty Images.
When the Reagan administration did its best to ignore the AIDS crisis of the early 1980s, Taylor faced it. As Vanity Fair wrote in 2015, she reportedly ran an underground pharmaceuticals ring for AIDS medication out of her Bel Air mansion. “She was saving lives,” her friend Kathy Ireland said of the efforts. In 1991, she founded the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation (E.T.A.F.) to provide grants to organizations that help those living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Taylor was also a leading voice behind AmfAR, the foundation for AIDS research, and is still remembered as an advocate for the cause.Photo: By Jeffrey Markowitz/Sygma/Getty Images.
In 2011, Ruffalo founded Water Defense, an organization that works to ban hydraulic fracturing in the state of New York. “Fracking is an extreme form of oil and gas extraction that leads to water contamination, air pollution, earthquakes, illness, exacerbates climate change, and turns communities upside down,” he wrote on the blog EcoWatch in 2016.Photo: By D Dipasupil/Getty Images.
After Page came out as gay in 2014, she became an active and vocal advocate for the L.G.B.T.Q. community, through Vices Gaycation series, as well as a loud voice for immigrants. At LAX last year, she posted videos during a protest of President Trumps travel ban and was right up in the thick of things. “I am young, yes, but what I have learned is that love, the beauty of it, the joy of it, and yes, even the pain of it, is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being,” she said during her coming-out speech. “And we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.”Photo: By Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix/REX/Shutterstock.
George and Amal Clooney
The Clooney Foundation for Justice has supported a variety of causes in the past year, including bestowing a grant to the Southern Poverty Law Center following violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer. The Clooneys most recently joined the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., and donated half a million dollars to the cause.Photo: Photograph by Justin Bishop.PreviousNext
Yohana DestaYohana Desta is a Hollywood writer for VanityFair.com.