Daniel Craig is the favourite to star as James Bond in the next 007 film despite previous reports that he was “done” with the franchise.
Craig has portrayed iconic fictional secret agent Bond in four films since 2006, appearing in Casino Royale, 2008’s Quantum of Solace, 2012’s Skyfall and last year’s Spectre. He was previously reported to have turned down a £68m ($90m) offer to take on the role for a fifth time.
Now Radar Online reports that the actor has been offered $150m (£112m) to shoot two more Bond movies “virtually back-to-back”.
“[Craig] has played a genius hand,” a source told Radar Online. “Everyone knows how much executives adore him, and the idea of losing him at such a crucial time in the franchise isn’t an option as far as all the studio honchos are concerned.”
While promoting Spectre, Craig famously said he would rather “slash my wrists” than play 007 again. However, he later appeared to backtrack from this comment.
Other favourites to take over as Bond, according to bookies Paddy Power, include Aidan Turner, James Norton and Jack Huston. See a list of the current odds below.
8/11 – Daniel Craig
5/1 – Aidan Turner
5/1 – James Norton
6/1 – Jack Huston
14/1 – Idris Elba
14/1 – Tom Hiddleston
20/1 – Jamie Bell
25/1 – Tom Hardy
25/1 – Damian Lewis
33/1 – Michael Fassbender