Update - Daniel Craig Offered Insane Money to Return as James Bond

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Update - Daniel Craig Offered Insane Money to Return as James Bond

Craig Bond $150 Million #1

Daniel Craig has made it clear that he doesn't want to play James Bond anymore. Will a ridiculous offer by Sony change his mind?

Update: It appears as though Craig has changed his mind, whether that be thanks to some time off or because of the amount of money he was offered. Speaking at this year's New York Comic Con, Craig said the following (as reported by Vulture):

As far as I'm concerned, I've got the best job in the world. I'll keep doing it as long as I still get a kick out of it. If I were to stop doing it, I would miss it terribly.

We may get more Craig-led Bond films after all.

Original Story: The James Bond franchise has seen its greatest success with Daniel Craig in the leading role. The four films in which he has starred have grossed over $3 billion worldwide, which averages out to just under $800 million per film. As such, it makes sense that Sony would want to procure the services of its leading man for a couple of additional installments.

Craig, meanwhile, has been vocal about wanting nothing more to do with the series. Prior to the release of Spectre, he stated "I'd rather slash my wrists" than play Bond again. However, as reported by Radar, Sony is willing to pay him $150 million to do two more Bond films, which would be shot "virtually back-to-back." That's $75 million per film, which is more than Robert Downey, Jr. makes - at least in base salary - for playing Iron Man.

It remains to be seen whether or not Craig will accept the reported offer. He has said in the past that he could change his mind, and that his negativity was fueled at least in part from burnout right after filming had concluded.

Do you want to see Daniel Craig return for two more Bond films?

Source: Radar

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Daniel Craig makes for a pretty good Bond as long as the script is right. Both Skyfall and Casino Royale showed that. That said, if he doesn't want to return, it's time to find a new Bond who will be interested. Nothing sinks a Bond movie faster than an actor who is just there for the money.

Don't do it man. unless you go ironic and use the money to buy a private, volcanic island with a secrect army and start plotting to take over the world. Then do it my son.

Why am i not surprised that this is Sony? Well aside from the fact that they publish and distribute Bond films that is.

Their productions are completely dominated by the marketing team theese days, they dont want Daniel Craig because hes a good actor, they want him just for his name.

I'm cool with changing to a new Bond as it feels like it's time to move on from Daniel Craig anyway unless there is a specific story related reason it needs to be the same Bond and they are officially wrapping up his Bonds era, it's not like the franchise hasn't had to deal with different actors in the lead role before.

Can't say I blame him. I mean I heard from TVTropes that he had he turned down the role of Bond, he'd forever be branded a "fucking idiot" by his mates at the pub. So that definitely sounds like someone who would want to stop at this point.

I mean I already a bad start with James Bond with "Quantom Of Solace" which I really didn't like and prevented me from being interested in Skyfall and Spectre. Hell I've yet to check out Casino Royale either but at least I enjoyed GoldenEye so at least I have a level of respect for 007.

I personally hope the next actor for Bond is Man of Steel Superman actor Henry Carvill.

Soulrender95:
I'm cool with changing to a new Bond as it feels like it's time to move on from Daniel Craig anyway unless there is a specific story related reason it needs to be the same Bond and they are officially wrapping up his Bonds era, it's not like the franchise hasn't had to deal with different actors in the lead role before.

Agreed. I never found Craig particularly compelling in the roll, though, Skyfall, as absurd as much of it was, was pretty dang fun (better than the other 2, I haven't seen Specter yet).

Samtemdo8:
I personally hope the next actor for Bond is Man of Steel Superman actor Henry Carvill.

Please NO! He is from the Roger Moore school of acting. Bond is supposed to have a cruel streak in him. I don't get that with Cavill. I hope we get someone who is relatively unknown and fits the role. Too bad Harrison Ford isn't 30. And British. And relatively unknown.

He had improved the laughable image of Bond to a slightly more palettable style. But if he is done with the cake-walk role, throwing ridiculous amounts of money in that direction in the hopes of more money returning is a rather tasteless move. And I guess apt for Sony's usual demeanour. They want to crawl back into that creative womb for as long as they can.
Eh, it would be disappointing to see him fold to this. It's not like he is strapped for cash and desperate for choices. But one could be wrong and maybe he has hidden debts from online counterstrike weapon skin gambling.

TheScorpion:
I mean I already a bad start with James Bond with "Quantom Of Solace" which I really didn't like and prevented me from being interested in Skyfall and Spectre. Hell I've yet to check out Casino Royale either but at least I enjoyed GoldenEye so at least I have a level of respect for 007.

Quantum of Solace was shit because it happened to be made during the Writers Giuld strike. What writers the studio could get for the script were obviously not up to the job and it came down to Sony wanting a return on investment more than wanting another good film in thier portfolio.

And for the record, Skyfall and Casino Royale are definitely worth a watch. Dont worry about thier connecting story elements, in the time gaps between me seeing all of Dainiels Bond films i had completely forgotten about them, and they dont really pay off in Spectre anyway.

Gorfias:

Soulrender95:
I'm cool with changing to a new Bond as it feels like it's time to move on from Daniel Craig anyway unless there is a specific story related reason it needs to be the same Bond and they are officially wrapping up his Bonds era, it's not like the franchise hasn't had to deal with different actors in the lead role before.

Agreed. I never found Craig particularly compelling in the roll, though, Skyfall, as absurd as much of it was, was pretty dang fun (better than the other 2, I haven't seen Specter yet).

Samtemdo8:
I personally hope the next actor for Bond is Man of Steel Superman actor Henry Carvill.

Please NO! He is from the Roger Moore school of acting. Bond is supposed to have a cruel streak in him. I don't get that with Cavill. I hope we get someone who is relatively unknown and fits the role. Too bad Harrison Ford isn't 30. And British. And relatively unknown.

Never hire unknowns because you may run the risk of getting an unknown that can't act for shit.

Warcraft suffered for most of its Human cast being relatively unknown actors. And for a movie like Warcraft you NEED charcater actors.

Samtemdo8:

Never hire unknowns because you may run the risk of getting an unknown that can't act for shit.

Warcraft suffered for most of its Human cast being relatively unknown actors. And for a movie like Warcraft you NEED charcater actors.

I dunno. Sam Worthington, star of Avatar was pretty unknown before being the lead in a movie that went on to being one of the top grossing films of all time.

There is a ton of talent out there. Go to any community theater and you'll see it. They need proper scripts, direction and editing. The rest will fall into place.

I really want Idris Elba or Simon Pegg to be Bond, and they can't do that until Craig is removed from the picture.

All the moneyzzzz!!!

OT: He should do it and donate half of it to charity.
The scripts are the worst part of Bond since the 90s, so he's not gonna make too much of a difference, and I like his deadpan deliveries when the script calls for utter BS :D

Oh Sony don't you get it? You take an actor with zero interest in a role and you get a lousy performance! I really hope he turns them down simply because unless he digs into reserves i don't think he has its going to be oh so obvious in those movies that he wants to be anywhere but here

luvd1:
Don't do it man. unless you go ironic and use the money to buy a private, volcanic island with a secrect army and start plotting to take over the world. Then do it my son.

I love this line of reasoning and put forward that Sony will create our first real-life Bond Villain.

As I recall, ol' Danny Boy followed up his "slash my wrists" statement by saying something along the lines of "If I were to do another, it would be strictly for the money."

So just throwing cash at his face might actually get him to do it. :P

Good. Fuck Craig. Let the next guy go back to the less action, more zany gadgets route. I prefer Bond slinking through hotel rooms with a silencer then running across rooftops as everything explodes. Might make a good finale, but not the whole damn movie.

Oh, we're sorry. It must be so hard being you, Daniel. I get it, I'd be upset too if I was paid millions of dollars to be one of the coolest and most beloved characters in all of cinema history. Seriously though, fuck yourself, Daniel Craig.

Now that Im done with that, lets get Idris Elba to be James Bond!

I'm fine with Craig leaving. Not because he was bad (favorite Bond, has generated 3 good/great Bond movies, and Quantum of Solace which...isn't), but because Spectre feels like the natural conclusion of his arc. It's also notable how Spectre also started introducing gadgets back into the affair. Low key, bar the nanites, and one thing that Spectre does well is that it takes a trope (secret lair) and modernizes it (dedicates it to information control/manipulation), but I feel that if the series wants to continue in this direction, a new Bond might be better for the job.

If the guy hates playing James Bond that much he should say no. Another two films is a big commitment if they really make him so miserable.

The thing you have to remember with actors is, Pride is cheap.

What do you do with such a humongous amount of money? Normal people do something creative, like making Witcher 3. But what will a single person do with it? He can hardly blow it all on hookers and drugs. He would have to purchase companies or small countries.

Damn, that is money. Too bad I work behind the camera... :c

Man, I cannot think of a better thing to be paid 150 million dollars to do than be James Bond.

Take the money, Daniel.

Samtemdo8:
I personally hope the next actor for Bond is Man of Steel Superman actor Henry Carvill.

So like....The Man From U.N.C.L.E?

Which I really enjoyed because of it being prepared to take on the lighter tone of older spy movies. I don't dislike the Daniel Craig Bond movies, but they're very grim.

I would rather have literally any other Bond than a bored rich Bond.

Elijin:

Samtemdo8:
I personally hope the next actor for Bond is Man of Steel Superman actor Henry Carvill.

So like....The Man From U.N.C.L.E?

Which I really enjoyed because of it being prepared to take on the lighter tone of older spy movies. I don't dislike the Daniel Craig Bond movies, but they're very grim.

Or just have balance, Goldeneye was perfect example of that. And also I don't want Bond to revert back to this era:

I hope this means the end of scowly, dour Bond.

Quantum of Solace was shit because it happened to be made during the Writers Giuld strike. What writers the studio could get for the script were obviously not up to the job and it came down to Sony wanting a return on investment more than wanting another good film in thier portfolio.

Okay so that's why QOS sucked explained how do you explain the rubber johnny fire that was Spectre?

As for them throwing money at Craig, seems like someone somewhere wanted to continue the piss poorly shoe horned in at the last minute interconnected world building attempt that was seen in Spectre, maybe actually expand and flesh it out so that it better brought the utterly unconnected plots of Casino, QOS and Skyfall together in a better and more meaningful way than they managed in Spectre. Only issue, it only has even the slightest chance of working if they can keep hold of Craig, they loose him and they have to start all over again.

TheRundownRabbit:

Now that Im done with that, lets get Idris Elba to be James Bond!

Gorfias:

Samtemdo8:
I personally hope the next actor for Bond is Man of Steel Superman actor Henry Carvill.

Please NO! He is from the Roger Moore school of acting. Bond is supposed to have a cruel streak in him. I don't get that with Cavill. I hope we get someone who is relatively unknown and fits the role. Too bad Harrison Ford isn't 30. And British. And relatively unknown.

Idris Elba would be a great James Bond; He's got the right attitude and that cruel streak. And I think enough people have seen him but don't know his name that he would make a great pick (though he's already the gunslinger so that might change things). But either way definitely better than Carvill.

But, and I'm mildly surprised no one has pointed this out, my first thought was that they were trying to avoid the inevitable media outrage of either picking or NOT picking the first black Bond. With Ghostbusters they courted the media on purpose and that didn't exactly play into their hands... and now they see the same mess brewing with the Dark Tower (plus Idris is already busy with that project so they probably can't get him immediately either way) so why not just keep Craig and avoid the whole mess and hope for things to have calmed down for next time.

150 *million* for glorified roleplaying. 150 million. A century ago, artists used to be happy to get a wage for constant work. 150 million ... we're truly fucked as a species, aren't we?

Actually on topic, Daniel Craig as James Bond? Gah, no ... can't we have the humour back, please? Like a Roger Moore v2.0? Or a glib comedy like Connery? Or even a pithy cheese-ness of Pierce Brosnan of at least GoldenEye quality and nothing about his other adventures as Bond? Like, you know. Fun. Have something fun, again? Fun. It used to be enough. When did the fun decide to stay in bed and get smothered by the angst? When did brooding become a character trait as opposed to merely an occasional facet when it was called for?

I hate life. Life sucks. Being an assassin sucks. I, like, have millions ... and can do anything. But that would involve confronting my brood-face. Nobody wants to see me in speedos while brooding. Brooding doesn't work on a sunny beach doing everything else but not hating myself for a job I could quite easily quit. Fuck it, I'll just continue carrying a gun ... and brooding.

At least Connery had a reason for being an assassin. It's because a part of him enjoyed it. Ditto Moore, even Dalton and Brosnan. Craig just seems pathetic for the sake of pathetic. That's what made the ending of GoldenEye so good. Two Cold Warriors confronting the fact that they're born killers and that off the leash they would be a danger to the world at large. That monsters need cages, otherwise the same person with the same talents and the same capacities to inflict harm, shock-horror, inflict harm. That redemption doesn't necessarily come in the form of change and transformation, but simply in the direction of your applied energies.

There is a reason why Brosnan catches his twin who actively reflects the ugliness he shares. Just to look him in the eyes and discover the reason for their difference. Realising the thin veil that exists ... and reaffirming it, by dropping him after confronting his nature.

Strong message. Dark message. Still fun.

It's a shame Craig feels that way, because frankly, I think he did a good job playing Bond. Some people may complain, and nobody's required to say he was the best, but frankly I don't think he did a BAD job with the role. What he did was something different from the majority of previous incarnations. No, he wasn't incessantly making one-liners, using cars that turned into submarines, or what have you. But frankly, I think the kind of Bond he played was still a good one; he was more down-to-earth, more human and relatable. He had to persevere under the burden of his job, and it took its toll on him. He wasn't an unflappable, unphaseable super hero, but that's not a bad thing. When you go too far in the direction of the never-breaks-a-sweat protagonist, you start straying into Mary Sue territory. Craig's Bond, I'd say, is closer to what a genuine spy/secret agent is; tough, clever, but takes his job seriously. Making the occasional glib remark or having a bit of gallows humor about him, but always able to appreciate the gravity of a situation. Maybe tht's not what some people want out of their James Bond, but I think it's a worthwhile way to handle the character.

Mike Fang:
It's a shame Craig feels that way, because frankly, I think he did a good job playing Bond. Some people may complain, and nobody's required to say he was the best, but frankly I don't think he did a BAD job with the role. What he did was something different from the majority of previous incarnations. No, he wasn't incessantly making one-liners, using cars that turned into submarines, or what have you. But frankly, I think the kind of Bond he played was still a good one; he was more down-to-earth, more human and relatable. He had to persevere under the burden of his job, and it took its toll on him. He wasn't an unflappable, unphaseable super hero, but that's not a bad thing. When you go too far in the direction of the never-breaks-a-sweat protagonist, you start straying into Mary Sue territory. Craig's Bond, I'd say, is closer to what a genuine spy/secret agent is; tough, clever, but takes his job seriously. Making the occasional glib remark or having a bit of gallows humor about him, but always able to appreciate the gravity of a situation. Maybe tht's not what some people want out of their James Bond, but I think it's a worthwhile way to handle the character.

This!

Not to mention in the last films he was portrayed as being past his prime, that opens the door to the 'gadgets' we saw in previous films and it makes sense he'd start relying more heavily on them. Although frankly he wasn't entirely without awesome little toys, like his auto anti-poison/med centre car in Casino Royal.

I hate him as an actor. I haven't enjoyed his performance in one role yet (I haven't seen them all obviously, and I don't want to). He always feels stiff, and his expressions always seems blank, no matter what he's trying to show. So yeah, I'd rather him not appear in anything anymore, let alone another James Bond movie.

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