Daniel Craig has played James Bond for close to a decade now and after last year’s Spectre, it was unclear whether or not the actor would return for a potential fifth outing as the iconic British agent. If a new report is to be believed, it looks like Craig’s time as 007 is officially at an end.
Reported by The Daily Mail (who, truth be told, aren’t exactly the most reliable source), Craig was reportedly offered £68 million ($99 million US) by MGM to star in two more 007 films, but turned it down. That’s a staggering amount of money for an actor to pull in for two film performances (for comparison’s sake, that figure is £30 million more than he’s made on the entire franchise to date), but the truly shocking revelation is that the deal also included endorsements and profit sharing (as well as a swanky gig as a producer). In total, it’s estimated that Craig would have raked in closer to $175 million US when all was said and done.
With Craig apparently exiting the franchise, it looks like the door is wide open for Tom Hiddleston, who is heavily rumored to be Craig’s successor, the emerge as the next 007. At any rate, we’ll probably see an official announcement from EON productions very soon.