There’s an ongoing conversation as to whether Daniel Craig will continue to play the iconic role of James Bond amidst rumours he was about to jump ship. However, Sony may be set to offer him a deal even he couldn’t refuse.
According to a source at Radar, Sony are prepared to offer Craig, 48, a massive $150 million contract to see out two further 007 movies, even though he’s given strong indication that he’s done with playing the lothario spy.
Previously Craig has stated he is within his rights to change his mind when it was revealed the next Bond film wouldn’t be in cinemas until 2018
The source says Sony are keen to retain his signature but there’s indication round every corner that Barbara Broccoli is searching for his replacement: “The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor.”
“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,” the source goes on to say, and it’s understandable really. Should Craig decide to abandon the role, then execs will be forced to find a new face ahead of what they’ve scheduled and will likely reflect badly on Eon and Broccoli, especially of the new actor doesn’t fit perfectly.
It’s thought Sony are on the verge of announcing a new distribution deal for the franchise which would inject a lot of money (we’re talking billions here) into future 007 films. The insider goes on to outline their strategy and hope to keep Craig as their star:
“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.”
With a reported leaked roster of names set to replace Daniel Craig, the franchise feels in a rather transitional state as it is, especially with how mixed the reception was to ‘SPECTRE’ last year. Would it be fair to describe the Bond series as in limbo? Perhaps, but should a name like (current fave) Tom Hiddleston, Michael Fassbender, Aidan Turner or even Charlie Hunnam nab the sought-after role, there may be a bright future for the franchise after all.
Picture credits: Eon, Sony