It’s Wednesday, and I’m re-watching Casablanca—and waiting for the part where Humphrey Bogart blames both sides for the sing-off at Rick’s Café Américain.
Hello from Los Angeles, where we’re tracking an evasive James Bond, welcoming Steven Soderbergh back to movie screens, and eating seaweed snacks at LAX’s Private Suite.
NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN
Well, the tuxedo fitters can exhale. In an interview aired on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday, Daniel Craig finally confirmed he will return for a fifth James Bond movie. “I think this is it,” said Craig, who has been playing Agent 007 since 2006’s Casino Royale. “I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait.” As VF.com’s Julie Miller writes, Craig first set off alarms in 2015, when he told a reporter he would “rather break this glass and slash my wrists” than reprise his role as 007. Craig explained his 2015 comment to Colbert by saying, “There’s no point making excuses about it, but it was two days after I had finished shooting the last movie and I went straight to an interview where someone asked, ‘Would you do another one?’ and I went, ‘No!’ Instead of saying something with style and grace, I said something really stupid.” Hey, it happens. Who hasn’t complained about the burden of carrying a $5 billion franchise? The leather on those Aston Martin seats must really chafe! We’ll be chilling one final martini glass for Craig in the as yet untitled 25th James Bond movie, which is due November 8, 2019.
ALL ABOUT STEVE
VF.com’s Hillary Busis e-mails:
Ever wished you could peer inside Steven Soderbergh’s inner sanctum? V.F. contributor Jordan Hoffman recently did just that, and came away from the experience with an illuminating feature that breaks down the astoundingly prolific filmmaker’s process, as well as his endearingly overstuffed office, which brims with DVD copies of his troubled film Che (“Please. Take them all,” says Soderbergh) and all sorts of awards (“This is a Peabody. This is a Golden Tomato. This is just a paperweight.”). Soderbergh also opens…