The James Bond movies usually brings a fresh front-runner to step into Bond’s shoes and wear his tuxedo. Tom Hughes was the most recent to join the likes of Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Aidan Turner.
Less than a year ago Craig said that he would rather slash his wrists than play Bond again, but as another smart person once said "changing your mind is a sign of intelligence."
According to a source reported by Radar, Daniel Craig was offered the next two Bond movies for a whopping $150 million.
Craig has already starred in four films, and was apparently skeptical about doing more Bond movies even after the commercial success of Spectre and Skyfall.
But in the absence of an appropriate replacement, Sony is said to be keen on signing him on for at least the next two Bond films. The actor added that he reserved “the right to change my mind” about quitting the series.
According to Radar,
Craig’s public reluctance may even have helped his cause. “[He] has played a genius hand,” said the source. “Everyone knows how much executives adore him, and the idea of losing him at such a crucial time in the franchise isn’t an option as far as all the studio honchos are concerned.”
The two movies are reportedly going to be shot back-to-back but director Sam Mendes has ruled himself out of the series despite the critical and commercial success of the previous movies.
The final decision rests with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, who in July was reported to be focusing on the next two films, with a view to potentially rehiring Craig.