Is “Spectre” Daniel Craig’s Bond swan song? We’ll have to wait and see.

The British actor makes his fourth appearance as suave secret agent 007 in the Sam Mendes-directed film, which has its world premiere in London on Monday. Speculation has swirled that it will be Craig’s last film as James Bond ever since the actor told Time Out magazine that he would only make another Bond movie “for the money.” But Craig said Thursday that “I love making these films.”

Bond battles a shadowy international conspiracy in “Spectre,” which stars Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as 007’s nemesis. The film opens in the U.S. on Nov 6.

New kid on Sesame Street

There’s a newcomer on the Sesame Street block, a preschooler with autism named Julia. The Sesame Workshop said the character is being introduced as part of an initiative to take the stigma out of autism. The initiative also is aimed at helping those who deal with the developmental disorder. Julia will be included in digital and printed storybooks featuring Sesame Workshop characters including Elmo and Abby. She will be portrayed as a girl who “does things a little differently” when playing, the workshop said. The new initiative, called “See Amazing in All Children,” will provide educational resources about autism to teachers and others.


her third: Adele will release the follow-up to her monumental “21” album on Nov. 20. The Grammy-winning singer said “25,” her third album, will be preceded with the first single, “Hello.” The song and the video are being released Friday. Adele’s “21,” released in 2011, sold more than 10 million albums in the United States and won multiple Grammy Awards. “My last record was a breakup record and if I had to label this one I would call it a makeup record,” Adele said Thursday. “I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did.”


his 33rd: Elton John, 68, will release his 33rd studio album next year. John’s publicists announced that “Wonderful Crazy Night” is set for release on Island Records on Feb. 5. The first single, “Looking Up,” is out on Friday.


return: Simon Cowell is heading back in front of the cameras, replacing Howard Stern as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” The network announced Thursday that Cowell, one of the show’s producers and creators of the format, will start next season. The show has remained one of summertime’s most popular programs even as ratings for other reality shows have faded.

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