Daniel Craig Turns Down Starring In Two More James Bond Films, $100 Million Contract
Daniel Craig was willing to turn down $100 million to end his run as British Secret Service agent James Bond.
Daniel Craig Done With Bond
Craig has made no secret of his desire to cut ties with the James Bond franchise, and it appears as though he’s made good on his promise to walk away. Even when offered $100 million to stick around for two more films playing 007, Craig could not be moved play James Bond again.
“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,” an insider told the Daily Mail. “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.”
While promoting Spectre last fall, Craig had made it plain that it did not appeal to him to play James Bond again.
“I’d rather break this glass and slit my wrists,” Craig told Britain’s Time Out entertainment magazine, when asked if he’d sign on for the part once more. “No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. All I want to do is move on.”
In the interview, Craig went on to explain that he’s tapped out of ideas for the beloved character that’s been the protagonist in 24 feature films.
“Every idea I’ve had for a Bond movie, I’ve stuck into this one. It’s gone in. The Bond bank is dry,” Craig said. “If you’re asking me what would I do with another Bond movie? I haven’t a clue. Go into space? Let’s do it! They already did it. Let’s do it again.”
At present, Tom Hiddleston appears to be the likely favorite to succeed Craig in the 007 role, followed by the likes of Idris Elba and Damian Lewis.