Daniel Craig Rejects $99 Million to Play James Bond Again: Report
When Daniel Craig said he’d rather slit his wrists than play James Bond again, he apparently wasn’t just having a bad day at work.
The actor, 48, turned down $99 million to return as 007, the UK’s Mail reports. “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,” an “LA film source” tells the Mail.
The report wasn’t immediately confirmed, but it’s in keeping with what Craig has been saying in some interviews. “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,” he told Time Out London last October. “I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
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But other times he’s suggested the decision wasn’t final. “If I did stop doing (Bond films), I would miss them terribly,” he told Ellen DeGeneres in November.
And the movie’s producer held hope for a return. “I think we’ve got Daniel Craig,” Michael G. Wilson told The Hollywood Reporter in November.
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If Craig does give up the role, an eager replacement is standing by. Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in “Thor” and recently channeled Hank Williams in a biopic, told the UK’s Sunday Times recently he has none of Craig’s misgivings about the franchise.
“I simply love the theme tune, the tropes, and the mythology,” he told the paper. “I love the whole thing. If it ever came knocking, it would be an extraordinary opportunity.”