Will he, won’t he! No-one quite knows still whether Daniel Craig will return to the 007 franchise after publicly stating his desire to walk away from his tenure as the British super-spy – but one thing is for certain, Sony Pictures aren’t done with Craig yet.
After Craig reportedly turned down an eye-watering $100 million deal to return as James Bond for another two installments, Sony are gearing up to better their initial offer to a record-breaking $150 million (£113 million).
Daniel Craig has proven himself as the most successful Bond in the franchise’s illustrious history, not to mention one of the most bankable action stars in the world, so you can’t blame the Hollywood studio for offering such a colossal paycheck – especially when you consider that the last four films have grossed over $2.5 billion at the box office.
However, this may not be enough to entice the actor back to the role, and as such, Sony Pictures have continued to narrow down a list of suitable replacements that include Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult.
Spectre, Craig’s last installment as 007, left critics and fans severely disappointed in the wake of the critically-acclaimed Skyfall – falling flat in the way of storyline and action, despite casting Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz as the main villain.
Whether Daniel Craig will accept such an incredible offer is yet to be seen, but I for one would like to see him return for at least one more crack at the part.