Daniel Craig will play James Bond again, after saying he would rather slit his wrists

Get the Full StoryAPDaniel Craig isn t stepping away from 007 after all. The actor is set to reprise his role as the world s most famous British Secret Service agent for a fifth time on the big screen, following Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. Two sources close to production have confirmed the news with The New York Times, citing Craig s return to the franchise as a done deal.

Craig s return to 007 was a giant question mark following the release of Spectre in November 2015. He went on record saying he would never want to take on the part again I d rather break this glass and slash my wrists, he told a British magazine , though he also called playing Bond the best job in the world in a later interview. Rumors were percolating that Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston or Damian Lewis could be donning the tuxedo, though MGM and Eon Productions always wanted Craig.

Director Sam Mendes, who was behind the camera for Skyfall and Spectre, definitely won t be returning for another installment. The production companies will announce additional cast members and a director at a later date.

By taking on his fifth turn as 007, Craig will resume the title of second longest-running Bond in movie history. Only Sir Roger Moore has played Bond more in a total of seven films. MGM and Eon Productions will release Bond 25 in theaters November 8, 2019.NOW WATCH: 'Where is Sean?': Things got awkward when April Ryan asked Sarah Sanders why Spicer didn t attend the WH briefing