It was reported by the Daily Mail that Craig had rejected a $137 million offer by MGM studios to come on board for another two films. The 48-year-old had reportedly told studio heads that he was “done” with 007 whilst support for his predecessor, Tom Hiddleston amongst others, continues to be a subject of hot debate.
This will come as no surprise to many with past reports having Craig express a deep disinterest for returning to the role, saying that he would rather “slash my wrists” than do another Bond film. Craig will be a sorely missed figure in the franchise if the reports are true, having brought in over $4 billion in box office revenue since he first starred as Bond back in 2005.
An LA film source also reiterated in the Daily Mail report that, “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 film company still felt he could come around after Spectre if he was offered a money deal.”
This was in line with what Craig said earlier about returning to the franchise purely for the money. Although sources state that his tune changed when he suffered a knee injury in the filming of Spectre which helped him decide that Bond “was a journey with an ending”.
Bookmakers are currently tipping Tom Hiddleston to take the reigns of the role once the studios officially announce Craig’s departure.