Daniel Craig is back as Bond, the spy series' producers confirmed, in a Danny Boyle-directed film due for release in 2019.
Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions announced Thursday that production on the 25th official James Bond thriller will begin in December at London's Pinewood Studios.
Craig has played Bond since 2006's "Casino Royale".
Donna Langley, chair of Universal, which is distributing the film in the United Kingdom and internationally, hailed "the unparalleled combination of Danny's innovative filmmaking and Daniel's embodiment of 007".
Production for the latest Bond film begins this winter on December 3.
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Boyle, however, has hardly been keeping his new assignment top secret: he let on that he and Hodge were working on a new Bond story in a red carpet interview in March.
Franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who scripted all of Craig's 007 movies and the Pierce Brosnan entries "The World Is Not Enough" and "Die Another Day", were originally comissioned to write the screenplay for Bond 25. It seems weird to talk about it because I've not had a conversation with him but it's exciting'.
The 50-year-old actor's return will undoubtedly stun fans as he stated three years ago that he would "rather slit his wrists" than take on the role once more.
Ben Whishaw - who plays Q in the franchise - recently admitted he was delighted to hear Boyle had signed up to helm the next movie. Despite being the most enduring franchise in movie history, the distribution rights to Bond are traditionally not all that profitable.
She said: "At 22, when I was on the Bond set - one of the potentially most chauvinist productions you could imagine - it could have been a very vulnerable place for a young actress to step into her first major role and it wasn't".