Spectre will stand as Daniel Craig’s final mission brandishing MGM’s license to kill, if sources close to the Daily Mail are to be believed.
Seemingly bringing an end to the prolonged ‘will he, won’t he’ saga, it looks as though the British actor is all but done with the James Bond role, reportedly turning down a lucrative £68 million ($99 million) deal – one that would have encompassed endorsements, profit shares and a co-producing gig – to extend his contract for a further two films.
Truth be told, Craig has consistently rubbished reports that he assumed the role for the money, and though some of the actor’s comments have been blown out of proportion since the release of Spectre last year, it’s understood his decision to bow out of MGM’s spy franchise is an amicable one.
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The Powers That Be may have wanted to keep Daniel Craig in the role for the foreseeable future, but an accelerated production timeline looks to be one of the key reasons behind the actor’s decision. Here’s what an LA film source told Daily Mail:
“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.”
Daniel Craig’s tenure as MGM’s 00 agent is drawing to a close, it seems, but who would you like to see pick up the Walther PPK as James Bond going forward? Idris Elba? Tom Hiddleston? Or someone else entirely?