Daniel Craig confirms he will return as James Bond

Craig made the revelation during an appearance on the US TV programme 'The Late Show' on Tuesday.

In this file picture taken on November 3, 2011 British actor Daniel Craig poses for photographers at a photocall to announce the start of production of the 23rd film in the James Bond series; 'Skyfall', in central London . Picture: AFP

LONDON - British actor Daniel Craig has confirmed he will reprise the role of James Bond one last time, ending months of speculation.

Craig made the revelation during an appearance on the US TV programme _The Late Show _on Tuesday. Asked by host Stephen Colbert whether he would return as James Bond, Craig responded: "Yes", to cheers from the audience.

Craig has appeared four times as the spy with a taste for martini: in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.

Eon Productions, the company that runs the movie franchise, said on its website that the 25th Bond movie would be released in US cinemas on 8 November 2019, with a traditional early release in Britain and the rest of the world.

Asked by Colbert whether he would appear in any further Bond movies after that one, Craig said no.

"I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note and I can't wait," he said.