When it comes to the British tabloids covering the James Bond films, there’s a whole lot of bull out there. Yet every now and then, just when you’re ready to dismiss anything they say, they’ll come through with something genuine.
No word if that’s the case here as yet, but The Daily Mail has posted a report today indicating that actor Daniel Craig has reportedly turned down a whopping USD$100 million payday to return for two further films in the James Bond franchise. To put that in perspective, he earned a total of around $55 million for all four of the films he’s done thus far.
The new deal would have included “endorsements, profit shares, and a role for him working as a co-producer”. Craig has previously indicated he’s “done” with the series, indeed “Spectre” feels very much like the end of his run in the character and talk has already been turning towards his potential replacements.
But contracts are an interesting issue here. When he signed on it was widely reported Craig had a five-picture deal as Bond, but when “Spectre” was released both he and the producers dropped comments which indicated he’d finished his deal and a new one would have to be drawn up.
The likes of Tom Hiddleston, Aidan Turner, Tom Hardy and Idris Elba are the frequently mentioned favorites for the role should Craig not return.