Over the years, many actors have played Agent 007 in films, but the most recent actor to helm the role of James Bond is Daniel Craig.
Craig first took on the role in 2006 with Casino Royale, and his most recent outing, Spectre, came out last year, so you could say he’s been in the role for about a decade. Of course, being under a contract for that long can wear a guy out, and it seems like Daniel is just about done with the films all together.
In the past, Craig has made some pretty dicey statement about returning for another film. In one interview, he said if he did partake in another Bond film, it would be just for the money, while in another interview he said “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.” Ouch (literally). That’s not what you want to hear an actor say about a role they’ve spent a decade playing. The most recent news on the subject is that Craig supposedly turned down a £68 million ($99 million) offer to star in two more Bond films. He’s already the highest paid actor to ever play the role, so maybe this money is minuscule to him at this point and he’s really done with the films all together, or he could just be playing with MGM (the studio behind the films) and hoping they offer him more cash. Who knows what’s going on in his head.
Craig’s decision to not return to the Bond films will upset some fans, since many consider his iteration of the popular spy to be the best one, but this may help usher in the next era of Bond films with a new lead. It had been rumored that Tom Hiddleston and also Idris Elba – two actors that appeared in Marvel Studios’ Thor – have been considered for the role. Both actors have shown their worth in films and could do pretty well in the role, so we’ll just have to see what the future holds for 007.
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