Early reports from today suggested that Daniel Craig was done as James Bond, but as the rumor mill keeps churning it appears that might not be the case.BBC News reports that there have been no developments regarding Daniel Craig’s future as James Bond. Moreover, their sources say that “no decision is likely to be made for a while.” The Daily Mail first suggested that Craig turned down £68 million — roughly $100 million — to appear in two more movies as the iconic spy. According to their source:
“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.”
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But after the BBC’s report, Craig’s future with the franchise is once again uncertain. The actor has expressed his disinterest in playing the character much longer, but there’s no denying his lasting impact on how we view James Bond. Craig’s four Bond films have been the most interconnected in the series, telling a unique story that finds Bond actually developing as a character with each installment. One last outing could prove the perfect cap to Craig’s tenure, setting the stage for a new actor to take on the role.
As BBC News noted in their report, MGM told investors earlier this year that they’re working on a three-to-four year cycle when it comes to the Bond films. So, we won’t see Daniel Craig (or anyone else) as the spy until late 2018 at the earliest. Until then, we’ll be rewatching the entire series on endless repeat. Do you want Daniel Craig to return as James Bond? Or should a new actor inherit the role? Let us know in the comments.