Just last week we heard a rumor go around that Daniel Craig had been offered $150 million to reprise his role as James Bond for two more back-to-back films of Bond 25 and Bond 26. I was sceptical about the veracity of that report, since it seemed to me that it left too many questions unanswered — but I did hope it was true.
According to Vanity Fair, their sources say that not only is the report inaccurate but that it is also as fictional as the films themselves. Here’s what the outlet reported:
“Craig, 48, has been offered no such deal, sources say, and negotiations to pin down who will portray 007 in upcoming Bond installments are still ongoing. (Sony and MGM, the secret agent franchise’s co-distributor, declined comment.)”
The report also went over the reasons that I asked when the rumor surfaced, most notable is that Sony doesn’t have the distribution rights for the next film as they’ve gone up for auction. Another issue that Vanity Fair brings up is that Sony doesn’t even get to decide who will play 007, rather it’s Eon Productions and MGM Studios and that might be a big problem for Craig to return.
During the press tour for SPECTRE Daniel Craig was asked if he would like to return for another go at James Bond, to which he responded with:
“Now? I’d rather … slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
According to Vanity Fair’s source, that angered MGM’s chief executive and chairman Gary Barber, who personally called Craig. The source claims that:
“Gary hit the ceiling when he read the story. He called up Daniel to yell at him. He was furious.”
That doesn’t mean Barber wants Craig off any potential sequel, and I suspect he was more furious at the negative the tone used when Craig should be positively promoting the film he just completed. Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson over at Eon are keen for Craig to reprise the role for another 007 film, however, which brings us to one final point the actor pointed out last year to The Daily Mail:
“It’s getting harder, but such is life. I’ll keep going as long as I’m physically able. I’m contracted for one more – but I’m not going to make predictions.”
It seems to me that whether Craig will be back has more to do with whether the production company and studio want him back, rather than how much they offer him. Basically, it’s still all up in the air.