Contrary to a widely circulated report that Daniel Craig turned down nearly $100 million to return for two more James Bond films, BBC News contends the actor hasn’t made a decision about his future with the franchise.
“No decision is likely to be made for a while,” an unnamed “authoritative” source told the outlet.
That’s apparently because the next Bond film likely won’t arrive until late 2018, allowing plenty of time for some back and forth between Craig, who’s made no secret that he’s grown weary of the role, and studio executives, who are said to want him back for at least one more turn as 007.
The original report, in the Daily Mail, indicated MGM ultimately “agreed to let the actor go after growing tired of his criticism of the franchise.”
The story makes the rounds even as one U.K. bookmaker suspended betting on which actor would succeed Craig as Bond after the odds tipped abruptly in Tom Hiddleston’s favor. The “Thor” actor had reportedly been spotted meeting with Bond director Sam Mendes and producer Barbara Broccoli, leading to a flurry of bets and one large gamble that pushed the bookie to pull the plug.
Hiddleston, who was asked about the Bond rumors while promoting “The Night Manager,” has said “it would be an extraordinary opportunity.”
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