James Bond will officially make his sleek return to the big screen in 2019. File photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

James Bond returns in 2019; still no official word on Bond 25 title or Daniel Craig

James Bond will officially make his sleek return to the big screen in 2019.

Bond 25, the as-yet untitled 25th film in the long-running 007 franchise, will debut in the U.S. on Nov. 8, 2019, EON Productions and MGM said in a joint statement on Monday.

The U.S. release follows the traditionally earlier release of the film in the U.K. and abroad.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who penned scripts for “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” return as writers for the upcoming project, which will be produced by EON’s Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

The studios remained mum about Daniel Craig’s involvement in the wake of reports that the “Spectre” star would indeed reprise his role as the British secret agent. Craig infamously said that he would “rather slash (his) wrists” than return to the part; however, the U.K.’s Mirror reported earlier this month that Craig decided to stay on for Bond 25 after hearing of the wealth of British talent eyed to replace him.

This would be the actor’s fifth Bond flick since the 2006 installment, “Casino Royale.” He’s the sixth actor to play Ian Fleming’s spy since the first Bond film, “Dr. No,” debuted in 1962.

The studios said that details on distribution and the film’s cast and director will be announced at a later date.


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