As recently as a couple of years ago, the James Bond franchise was dormant, albeit through no fault of its own since "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace" successfully rebooted the series. However, MGM's financial woes sidelined 007 for a couple of years until the latest film, "Skyfall," could finally go into production, and that one won't be Daniel Craig's last, as he is signed on for at least two more films, Deadline confirmed today.
Last year, EON hinted that it would like to sign on Craig for as many as five additional adventures, but, for now, he'll be around for at least the next two. The studio is already working to put these two films together, as it's been drawing up the screenwriting contracts for both the 24th and 25th entries in the series.
Sony also announced that it would continue to fund these next two outings, which will bring Craig's total up to five. That would place him behind Roger Moore and Sean Connery in terms of total appearances, but, given EON's previous overtures, there's a chance Craig could be around in the role longer than anyone if he's up to it.
"Skyfall" itself is now imminent, as it will premiere in less than two months; in fact, it's so close that its official run-time has been tallied at 145 minutes, which will make it the longest Bond film so far. The mark was previously held by "Casino Royale," which came in a minute shorter.
At least one major detail still needs to be sorted: the theme song. The series is of course famous for its opening numbers that have typically been performed by popular artists. For "Skyfall," the rumor mill has churned up everyone from Adele to Lady Gaga.
However, it should be noted that Daniel Craig will be hosting an episode of "Saturday Night Live" with Muse as the musical guests next month.
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