Closing September the incumbent James Bond superstar introduced he would go back for a 5th and ultimate 007 film in 2019.
He could also be 50-years-old, however fanatics had been beautiful certain Craig may just pull off yet another film.
On the other hand studio heads have showed this morning that the superstar had modified his thoughts and desires to bow out now.
A observation learn: “We regrettably announce that Daniel Craig is not going to superstar within the upcoming Untitled Bond 25.”
It persisted: “Daniel feels that 2015’s SPECTRE, his newest time out as James Bond, used to be actually a greater ship off for his incarnation and acted as a pleasing conclusion to the tale arc which started in On line casino Royale.
“With nice disappointment we have now authorized Daniel’s resolution and feature beloved each and every second operating with him at the final 4 007 movies.
“Having a look ahead, we’re happy to introduced that Tom Hardy has signed on to switch him Untitled Bond 25.
“Tom has had a skilled and sundry profession and we very a lot look ahead to introducing his Bond to the arena.”
Whilst the scoop will come as one thing of a surprise to Bond fanatics, Hardy has been the bookies favorite at Three-1 for the most efficient a part of the final yr.
At this degree it’s unknown if Danny Boyle will nonetheless direct, seeing because the script he had in thoughts used to be for the general movie in Craig’s tale arc – while now they’re coping with a brand new 007 altogether.
In the meantime Hardy has in the past labored with Christopher Nolan, who has been in talks earlier than to helm a Bond movie.
For the reason that Dunkirk director has subsidized Hardy up to now, possibly he’ll now be persuaded to tackle the most recent Bond time out?
It’s additionally unconfirmed if Bond 25 will nonetheless meet its free up date of November 2019 following Craig’s surprising bowing out.
Even though at this degree it might appear much more likely to get a 2020 free up.