Daniel Craig Turned Down $100 Million to Play Bond
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Daniel Craig is most well-known for his role as James Bond, the cinematic icon that has lasted across nearly 25 years and 24 films. Despite his success since assuming the role in 2005, Craig has grown tired of the role to such a degree that he turned down a deal with MGM studios to for him to do two more films for £68 million (approximately $100 million). It is In the past, he has rather vehemently expressed his disdain for the idea of portraying Bond again. He was quoted as saying:
“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
He also added that he would only do Bond again for the money, so it seems that $50 million a film is just not enough for him. One common speculation as to why he declined the contract is due to the fact that he was locked down into the role of James Bond for four years and limited from doing other roles. Since the news broke, he has been attached to the Showtime original series ‘Purity’.
Speculation has grown as to who would assume the role now that Craig is done. Names that have been thrown around include Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, and Tom Hiddleston; Hiddleston noted that he doubted he would play the role.