Daniel Craig is done with the 007 license to kill. He is so fatigued with the character that he has reportedly refused a very large sum of money to return as the suave English secret agent.
The Daily Mail has learned from industry insiders that Daniel Craig has turned down MGM’s offer of £68million (about AU$137 million) to return as James Bond for two more movies in the franchise. The sum included endorsements, profit shares, and a credit as a co-producer. He had to date earned a combined amount of £38million (about AU$ 77 million) for the four Bond films he did.
The reason, apart from Bond-fatigue, is that Daniel has sustained a chronic knee injury while filming a fight sequence for “Spectre.” His refusal shows that Daniel Craig isn’t money-hungry. That says a lot about him as an artiste.
The Daily Mail has also heard from a source in LA that “Daniel is done – pure and simple – he told top brass at MGM after Spectre. They threw huge amounts of money at him, but it just wasn’t what he wanted.” The source added, “He had told people after shooting that this would be his final outing, but the film company still felt he could come around after Spectre if he was offered a money deal.” Daniel’s ruthless yet sensitive and human charm was what made his 007 the definitive Bond for our generation. All the past Bond actors were more of a superhero than an actual vulnerable human capable of emotions and not a smart-ass all the time. It’s understandable why the producers wanted to retain him.
However, the actor was exhausted and he has expressed his fatigue in not-so-subtle words. In an interview with Time Out, Craig was asked if he wants to do another Bond film. He responded “Now? 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.” On whether he cared who was cast Bond after him, Craig said “Look, I don’t give a f**k. Good luck to them!” On the other hand, Tom Hiddleston may be the next Bond because of the public clamour.
Then there was the more revealing interview with The Red Bulletin. When asked if there was anything to be learned from James Bond, his reply, after some thought was “Nothing.” He added, “Let’s not talk these films up as some kind of life-changing experience.” He also told the interviewer that Bond is “actually a misogynist. A lot of women are drawn to him chiefly because he embodies a certain kind of danger and never sticks around for too long.”
Craig’s departure makes sense story-wise as well. “Spectre” wrapped up the “Casino Royale” story arc in a positive way. Bond finally retires to live a normal life, with the author of all his pain incapacitated. The ending was emotionally satisfying, for the character at least.
Daniel Craig will be next seen in the TV series called “Purity.”