He once said he would rather take his own life than reprise his role as 007. But Daniel Craig may now be regretting his words, as he has confirmed he will, for one final time, play James Bond.
Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on US TV on Tuesday night, the actor finally put an end to the long-running saga of will he/won’t he play the character for a fifth time.
“I have been quite cagey about it. I have been doing interviews all day and people have been asking me and I think I’ve been rather coy. But kind of felt like if I was going to speak the truth I should speak truth to you.”
Asked by Colbert directly whether he could deliver some “good news” about returning as Bond, Craig finally replied: “Yes.”
He revealed he had known for a “couple of months”, adding: “We’ve been discussing it, we’ve just been trying to figure things out. I always wanted to, I needed a break.” – The Guardian
When you see Craig’s James Bond paycheck
Daniel Craig, you sneaky minx. Imagine having a job that you publicly hate, and instead of getting fired your boss offers you $135 MILLION to keep doing it? Only in movies, man.
It is the source of much speculation of how much the film studios will have promised Craig to tempt him back. He was rumoured to have been paid $65m (£48.66m) for Spectre, and in 2016 it was reported he had been offered $150m to shoot two more Bond films, almost back to back.
I’m a big fan of Craig’s Bond movies (he’s no Sean Connery, Roger Moore or Pierce Brosnan, but then again, who is?) but knowing he’s making this much money might take me out of the films completely. All I’ll be thinking of when I watch future Bond movies that he’s in is that this guy is getting paid over 9 figures to wear a tuxedo, have sex with hot women and drive fancy cars. It’s hard to hate on Craig, though. Pretty magical game plan. Everybody knows that the forbidden fruit is the best tasting fruit. The movie studios wanting Craig but knowing he was the only man they couldn’t get drove them nuts. Now he’s getting paid monopoly money to play James Bond. Daniel Craig is the master and ruler of the world this week.
“It was me James, the author of all your pain.” And with that line, I am ready to see Christoph Waltz take on James Bond. Being the present incarnation of a character with the history of James Bond is sometimes debilitating, because it’s much easier to look back and say “such and such was the BEST James Bond” while the guy who’s currently playing him keeps churning out fantastic movies. When it’s all said and done, Daniel Craig will go down as one of the best Bond’s ever, and this movie looks absolutely stunning. Both from a visual and a storytelling standpoint, Spectre looks like it’s going to be an action packed emotional roller coaster. Plus, Batista!