The James Bond actor has long been talking about ditching the franchise, but now he’s reportedly gone and done it, and turned down £68million to boot.
Bosses hoped he might return following the success of Spectre, but he’s thought to have handed in his notice anyway, and top bods have accepted after reportedly becoming tired of him slagging off the franchise.
The £68m he was offered to stay included endorsement deals, profit shares and a role as a co-producer, according to MailOnline.
He’s made £38m from the four films he’s done so far, so he won’t have completely empty pockets by turning down the massive sum.
A source told MailOnline: ‘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.
‘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 has been pretty vocal about wanting to leave the role, having said in an interview he’d rather ‘slash my wrists’ than star as Bond again.
News of his apparent departure comes as bookies suspend betting on Tom Hiddleston to become the next Bond.
This, in itself, has come after Tom’s reps denied the actor had met with director Sam Mendes to discuss him stepping into Bond’s gadget-filled shoes.
Just what is going on in Bond world…
representativeve for Daniel Craig has been contacted for comment.
Money isn’t everything afterall, many will jump on the offer without thinking twice. I think Craig has his reasons for refusing.