News has today broken in rapid consistency through a number of media outlets that Daniel Craig is officially done as James Bond. The 48-year-old actor has allegedly rejected an offer of £68million for two more movies, having made up his mind by the time Spectre had finished filming. Craig had previously made £38 million across four movies so to turn down a vastly increased sum for half of that work load must mean that Daniel Craig is well and truly done with Bond.
The writing has been on the wall for months now though so Craig’s departure felt more inevitable than anything else. Having picked up a string of knee problems after filming a fight scene for Spectre, when asked about returning for another movie, his response was;
“I’d rather slash my wrists”.
Far from subtle but to the point. A more confirmatory quote comes from an unnamed source who told the 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 company still felt he could come around after Spectre if he was offered a big money deal.”
Craig had become far more vocal in his criticisms of the franchise and less enamoured by the time Skyfall had been released, so after Spectre it seems his 11 year run is at its end. Craig signed in 2005 and a year later released Casino Royale, almost a reboot of the Bond name, telling his story of earning 00 Status and experiencing his first love. After that, Quantum of Solace followed, then Skyfall and finally Spectre.
Craig’s departure has called bookmakers into action, who have suspended betting on Tom Hiddleston becoming the next 007.
A representative for Irish bookmakers BoyleSports commented;
“Judging by the gamble on Tom Hiddleston we expect that it’s only a matter of days before he is announced as Daniel Craig’s replacement.”
The speculation isn’t just speculation, as Hiddleston himself is aware of the rumours, but appearing on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show, the 35-year-old simply said;
“I promise, no one’s talked to me about it.”
So expect plenty of discussion over the next James Bond for the foreseeable future, of course there can only be one and more news will follow as it becomes available.
Who would you like to see as the next Bond? Do you think Craig’s departure is too soon or good timing? Let me know in the comments.
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