The Daniel Craig 'Will He, Won't He?' Bond Saga Rumbles On

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Daniel Craig’s making the headlines again, and once more it’s about his role as 007. Sigh. It was sort of interesting at the start... but it’s getting a bit old now.

According to RadarOnline, Craig’s played a blinder with his well-publicised recent digs at the super agent -- Bond's basically an irrelevant misogynist and Craig would rather slash his wrists than play him again -- with Sony now willing to get the big cheques out to keep him on board.

The latest offer that’s allegedly on the table? $150 million (£113 million) to slither into slick suits, play around with expensive gadgets and get all steamy and sexual with impossibly attractive co-stars in front of a bunch of cameras a couple more times. Not a bad deal.

“The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor,” a source told Radar. “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. Daniel’s the key for a seamless, safe transition as far as Sony and Bond bosses are concerned, and they’re prepared to pay a king’s ransom to make it happen.”

The source went on to say that Sony’s plan is for the next two Bond films to be shot “virtually back-to-back”, before a younger successor to Craig comes in to mark the beginning of a new era. Here’s the Gary Cutlack lowdown on the actors in the running to replace Daniel Craig. [RadarOnline]