Daniel Craig has delayed the specter of retirement as 007.
The British actor has confirmed that he will play James Bond in the franchise's 25th film, due out in November 2019. The 49-year-old actor told Stephen Colbert on Tuesday's "Late Show" that it will probably be his last time playing 007, and that he hopes to "go out on a high note."
Craig has played Bond four times — in "Casino Royale," "Quantum Of Solace," "Skyfall" and "Spectre." He had previously suggested he wasn't interested in being Bond again, saying in 2015 that he would rather slash his wrists. He admitted to Colbert that those comments were a mistake on his part.
"There's no point in making excuses about it, but it was two days after I finished shooting the last movie, I went straight to an interview and someone said 'Would you do another one?' And I went 'No!' And instead of saying something with style and grace, I gave a really stupid answer," Craig said, adding that he "always wanted to" return to 007, but "I needed a break."
He told Colbert he "couldn't be happier" to reprise the role. "I can't wait," he said.
Calvin Harris to join Rihanna event
Calvin Harris, the writer and producer of Rihanna's hit "We Found Love," is set to perform at her charity event in New York next month. Rihanna said Wednesday that the Scottish DJ-producer will join fellow performer Kendrick Lamar and host Dave Chappelle on Sept. 14 for her third Diamond Ball. "I'm ecstatic to add my longtime collaborator and friend Calvin Harris to the stellar lineup at this year's Diamond Ball," Rihanna said. Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012 in honor of her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. The foundation promotes education and arts globally.
Honored: Queen Latifah will be honored at Diddy's fourth annual REVOLT music conference in October, where performers will include Lauryn Hill and 2 Chainz. Latifah will receive the Icon Award for her accomplishments in music, film and TV at the Oct. 14 gala in Miami. She has won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award.
In memoriam: Gunnar Birkerts, an acclaimed Detroit-area architect who designed major buildings throughout the Midwest, including the former Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and an addition to the University of Michigan Law Library, died Tuesday. Birkerts, 92, died of congestive heart failure at home in Needham, Mass. The Federal Reserve Bank (now Marquette Plaza) of 1973 used suspension bridge technology, boldly expressed in an arch on its glass exterior. It faced possible demolition in the late 1990s when the Federal Reserve moved into a new building. It was temporary home to the Minneapolis Central Library, and then was remodeled as an office building.
coroner's report: Officials said actor John Heard, whose body was found last month in a Northern California hotel, died of cardiac arrest. The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office said an autopsy revealed the 71-year-old actor died "a sudden cardiac death due to atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease." Heard was found dead July 21.