It appears that maybe MGM President Harry Sloan may have spoken too soon last month when he announced that Casino Royale star Daniel Craig had been signed for an additional four films for the studio’s longrunning James Bond franchise.
Bond fansite MI6 is now reporting that Craig has denied that he’s reupped for four more tours of duty in her Majesty’s Secret Service as the suave and deadly 007. Craig made the denial during a recent press event for the upcoming The Golden Compass.
Well, that’s what’s been said, it’s not that it’s not true, because I haven’t signed up. What I’ve done is I’ve signed up on the next movie [Bond 22], after that we’ll see. That’s the way I’m doing it, and certainly it’s not four more – that’s the truth. It’s certainly not four more.
From Craig’s words it sounds as if there is an option for him to do more, depending on how both he and the studio feel about continuing. Hopefully, MGM will be able to hold on to Craig as the franchise’s reboot, which he is the core of, has really energized the franchise creatively.
Currently the untitled follow-up to Casino Royale is being prepared to go in front of the cameras in January for release in November 2008.