LOS ANGELES – The new James Bond hasn't even had his first martini yet and he's already got another job.
The producers behind "Casino Royale," this fall's return to action for agent 007, said Thursday that new star Daniel Craig will reprise the role in a second Bond flick due out May 2, 2008.
"As we wrap production on `Casino Royale,' we couldn't be more excited about the direction the franchise is heading with Daniel Craig," producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a news release from Sony Pictures. "Daniel has taken the origins of Ian Fleming's James Bond portraying, with emotional complexity, a darker and edgier 007."
Craig was chosen last year to replace Pierce Brosnan as Bond, the British super-spy who likes his martinis "shaken, not stirred."
The 2008 release will be the 22nd film in the action franchise, whose previous Bonds have included Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton.