Daniel Craig has been public since the release of 2015’s Spectre that he is not drawn to portraying the beloved secret agent in any further films and since reports have been coming out about other actors in negotiations to take the 007 mantle in future films but a massive chunk of cash could change that. Multiple reports hit the web over the weekend, that Sony has offered the English actor $150 million to star in two more Bond adventures to help the series transition into the future. This most recent development has not been officially confirmed, but Radar Online pulled some serious scoops on the story that give it some credibility.
“The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor. [Craig] has played a genius hand. Everyone knows how much executives adore him, and the idea of losing him at such a crucial time in the franchise isn’t an option as far as all the studio honchos are concerned. Daniel’s the key for a seamless, safe transition as far as Sony and Bond bosses are concerned, and they’re prepared to pay a king’s ransom to make it happen. Then they will shoot two more films, which will be made virtually back-to-back, preferably featuring Daniel as 007 before he passes the figurative baton to someone else for a third movie that will mark the start of the new era.”
If you are a fan of the series, you know the Sony executive’s reported views of Craig as Bond make absolute sense. It’s not easy to consider how Craig revitalized the character in a imapactful way and brought in massive success with his more straightforward realistic approach to the hero who was starting get long in the tooth before his tenure started with 2008’s Casino Royale. If the story is right, Craig would deliver in the role again. If the numbers are reported here are right, he would compensated very well for it.
Of course this leads to the obvious question, what other actors are being considered to be Bond in the future? Besides Tom Hiddelston who most of us know as Loki from the Marvel films, another superhero vet in Chirs Hemsworth has tossed in his hat in the ring for the role publicly. ‘Star Trek Beyond’ star Idris Elba has been an actor who many fans have stated online they would like to see get the spot, but he seems to think he’s too old to put the tuxedo on at this point in his career. Based on this video, he also appears to have little interest in the sought-after secret agent title all together. @kevkellam