James Bond producers finally seem to have shaken, not stirred, some sense into Daniel Craig.
«I can reveal the actor is on the verge of signing for not one but two more installments of the spy franchise before hanging up his tux once and for all», this is how Dan Wootton began his exlusive on The Sun’s column on August 6.
Producer Barbara Broccoli has been spearheading negotiations with the actor, which will take him up to a total of six films as the world’s most famous secret agent.
While work is scheduled to begin on the 25th film next year, discussions are centring on a possible remake of 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service for Daniel’s subsequent final movie.
A Bond insider said: «There was plenty of talk about who would be the next Bond but Barbara has managed to talk Daniel into two more films. He is loved by audiences around the world and has driven a real resurgence for the movies at the box office, so bosses knew they couldn’t lose him just yet. The script is nearly ready for the 25th film, provisionally titled Shatterhand and scheduled to be released in November 2019, so there is no time to waste on getting Daniel locked in. But the deal is almost done and the idea of returning to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service for the 26th movie is really exciting.»
The deal means actors including Idris Elba, Tom Hiddlestone, Tom Hardy or Aidan Turner among many others have a lengthy wait before they can once again fight for the role of the iconic spy.
A few days ago, speaking on Kyle and Jackie O in the Morning to promote his new film The Dark Tower, Idris Elba was asked about his thoughts on Bond and, while he didn’t say anything about his own potential prospects, he did pass comment of Daniel Craig and praise his astute business sense: «Daniel Craig is a great Bond. I think honestly he and his business team are very clever – “-no, I am not going to be back. -$200 million? -Yes I will do it.”»