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Bond 25 release date confirmed - but will Daniel Craig be back as 007?

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It's been officially announced that Bond 25 will be getting a November 2019 release date. More specifically, 8th November 2019, four years after previous blockbuster, SPECTRE.

Release dates being locked in are par for the course in Hollywood now. The key question is, will Daniel Craig return to the role of 007 for one last time? Controversially, at the time of SPECTRE's release he confessed would rather slash his wrists than play the character again, although he subsequently reneged on his comments.

Given that Craig reinvented Ian Fleming's character for the 21st century with a tougher injection of grit and vulnerability, it would be more than satisfying to see his tenure resolved properly.

However it could be argued that the climax of SPECTRE already achieved that as 007 walked off with new love Madeleine (Lea Seydoux) after Blofeld's (Christoph Waltz) arrest.

The New York Times is reporting that Craig's return is a "done deal" although this should be taken with a Martini-sized glass of salt until producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, plus production company EON, make their official announcement.

Reportedly cast and filmmaker announcements are due to come at a later date. Could this be the time where 007 is rebooted again, as he has been throughout the course of the Bond series?

There's also the issue over who will distribute the movie: until SPECTRE Sony was in charge but their ownership rights to the franchise have now expired. Expect to see a major bidding war over who takes over next.

It also raises the question as to who could direct. Sam Mendes is now out after his two movies and Dunkirk director (and massive Bond fan) Christopher Nolan has been tenuously linked to the project, not least over his enthusiasm to see Tom Hardy in the role.

At the moment, it's all for EON's eyes only. For now, tweet us your thoughts @Cineworld.