Even before Spectre came out, there has been the persistent rumor that Daniel Craig is done with James Bond. Now that production on James Bond 25 is heating up, a new rumor claims that the actor is 100% done with the franchise for good, and that he's officially turned in his two week notice to studio bosses at MGM and Sony. This comes after the studio reportedly made Craig an offer that was very hard to turn down.
If we're to believe the Daily Mail, producers were eager to get Daniel Craig back in that iconic tuxedo to the tune of 68 million pounds. Which almost equates to $100 million in the states. This news arrives just days after bookmakers called off all 007 bets, with Thor star Tom Hiddleston reportedly securing the role. Thus far, Craig is the highest paid actor to have ever played the role, netting 38 million pounds for the first four movies, which includes 2006's Casino Royale, 2008's Quantum of Solace, 2012's Skyfall and last year's Spectre.
The latest offer would net Craig more money than he's earned on all four films in the past. He was first announced as 007 way back in 2005, and since that time, has helped pull in nearly $3 billion dollars at the global box office. His Bond movies even helped ease MGM out of bankruptcy. The recently offered 68 million pounds would have included two more movies, making it a total of six. The sum is said to have included endorsements, profit shares, and a co-producer credit. Says one Hollywood insider who is close to the studios.
"Daniel is done, pure and simple. He told top brass at MGM after Spectre. They threw huge amounts of money at him, but it just wasn't what he wanted. He had told people after shooting that this would be his final outing, but the film company still felt he could come around after Spectre if he was offered a money deal.'
It is further insinuated that one executive got feed up with Daniel Craig's bad mouthing of the franchise, and told him to leave. This came after Craig repeatedly bashed the long-standing series in the press, even telling one journalist that he'd rather 'slash' his wrists than return one more time. It has long been known that Daniel Craig is signed for at least one more movie. And the actor at one point said he would agree to his return as 007 'for the money'.
Daniel Craig sustained a serious knee injury while filming a fight scene for Spectre. This latest report goes onto claim that he is still suffering from that injury, and it has made life as an actor difficult. Another source says he felt exhausted after Spectre, and that it clearly marked the end of the journey for the actor. Apparently, Sony is currently delaying any movement on James Bond 25 due to Daniel Craig's recent commitment to the 20 episode U.S. TV adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's novel Purity. Nothing official has been announced in regards to James Bond 25, Daniel Craig's return, or Tom Hiddleston's possible take over of the role. We'll keep you posted as more news breaks.