Getting updates about James Bond films are almost as impossible as getting anything out of James Bond himself. But one of the production companies behind the Bond franchise is talking, making it clear exactly who they want to be the next 007.
Callum McDougall, an executive producer on the Bond film series, told BBC 4 Radio (via Deadline.com), Craig is “absolutely the first choice” to return to the iconic role.
“We love Daniel. We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question, he is absolutely [producers] Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back.”
So much that rumors circulated as last just this past month that Sony Pictures has offered Craig as much as $150 million to return for at least two more Bond films. Reports are that Sony plans to film the next to Bond movies back-to-back. That means whoever is lined up to play Bond in the film first will likely have to continue playing it in the second.
Craig, who has appeared in four films in the franchise, has expressed quite publicly he was done after last year’s Spectre grossed $879.6 million worldwide. Sony, however, has reason to want keep Craig. Since his debut as Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale, the franchise has grossed $3.2 billion worldwide, according to The Numbers. Skyfall in 2012 was the biggest of them all with $304.4 million domestically, and $1.1 billion around the globe.
With Craig, at least for now, out of the running, a number of other names have popped up over the months. They range from Turn star Jamie Bell to Star Trek Beyond‘s Idris Elba, and even popular comic book movie bad guy Tom Hiddleston.
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