When Daniel Craig hinted last year that he was done playing James Bond, he was actually very serious.
The actor has reportedly turned down quite the offer from MGM Studios, which wanted Craig back for two more Bond films.
According to Daily Mail‘s sources, Craig told MGM execs that he was ‘done’ playing the secret agent. The offer? A reported £68million, which equates to around $US99 million and $137 million (!!!!!) here in Australia.
“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,” Craig told Time Out London last year, clearly tired of playing the character after four films. “If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money,” he added later in the interview. Well, apparently not even a ridiculous amount of cash, endorsements, profit shares, and a credit as co-producer could convince him to hold a license to kill for another few rounds.
One of Daily Mail’s sources claimed that MGM had actually decided to let Craig walk after growing tired of him criticising the Bond franchise, while another claim states that “with knee problems and general exhaustion, he felt it was a journey with an ending.”
Until Craig and MGM make official statements, it’s all hear-say for now.
Either way, Craig can be proud that he has been a part of the most successful James Bond films of all time. According to unadjusted figures, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre brought in a whopping $US3.1 billion combined.
So, who’s next? If you ask the bookies, Tom Hiddleston. Betting has been suspended on Hiddleston becoming Bond after a wave of bets made him the 2-1 favourite.