It's official: James Bond will make a return to the big screen for a new spy caper in 2019.

Scripted by long-standing Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the new movie will arrive in Irish cinemas ahead of making its US debut in November of that year.

A statement from Bond bosses, said that Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli will return as producers, but a director, distributor, and full cast have yet to be revealed.

The announcement, made via Twitter, comes in the wake of rumours that actor Daniel Craig may be considering stepping down from his 11-year role as 007, previously made famous by the likes of Sean Connery, the late Roger Moore and Irish star Pierce Brosnan.

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Now 49, Craig has played the suave special agent with a licence to kill for the last four films in the franchise: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum Of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).

While still the bookies' favourite for the role, Dunkirk actor Tom Hardy is running Craig a close second, followed by Poldark star Aidan Turner.

Idris Elba and James Norton have also been suggested for the job, as well as Charlize Theron, Gillian Anderson and Emily Blunt among suggestions for a first ever female 007.