Last weekend, rumors surfaced that Daniel Craig was being offered a whopping $150 million to reprise his role as James Bond for at least two more instalments in the 007 film series.
The report suggested that the offer was allegedly being made by Sony to retain Craig, despite the actor’s numerous comments in interviews suggesting he’s done with the role. Now a source has come forth to Vanity Fair to debunk the claim.
Their source says Sony is not the managing body with the agency to offer such a deal, that lies in the hands of MGM and Eon Productions. Really it comes down to two people – MGM chairman Gary Barber and Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli.
Unfortunately it seems Craig’s previous remarks in a Time Out interview about slashing his wrists rather than returning to the role has not endeared him to Barber. Barber personally contacted the actor last year to express his frustration – “Gary hit the ceiling when he read the story. He called up Daniel to yell at him. He was furious.”
Right now the franchise stands at a crossroads. MGM’s deal with Sony for the latter to distribute finished with “Spectre,” they could re-up or they could take it to another major studio – all of whom would love the Bond franchise in their pocket. If Craig doesn’t return, the decision about whom to cast lies entirely in Broccoli’s hands.
Novelist Frederick Forsyth told The Mail the other week that Broccoli has cooled on Tom Hiddleston and that his chances of being the next Bond are way down. The Mirror last month added a new name to the contenders list in the form of “The Game” actor Tom Hughes.
Craig himself has a packed schedule for the near future including the TV series “Purity” and Steven Soderbergh’s new film “Logan Lucky”.