Danial Craig reportedly refused an offer of $99 million to star in two more Bond movies, as the workload and age have finally seemed to take a toll on him. The actor, who has been very open about not wanting to take on more Bond movies, reportedly told studio bosses that he’s “done” with the role forever.
Daniel Wroughton Craig, an English actor famous as the fictional British secret agent James Bond. He featured as James Bond for his first Bond movie, Casino Royale 2006. Significant controversy followed the decision, as it was doubted if the producers had made the right choice. Throughout the entire production period internet campaigns expressed their dissatisfaction and threatened to boycott the film in protest. The 5-foot-10-inch blond Craig was not considered by some protesters to fit the tall, dark Bond portrayed by the previous Bond actors, and to which viewers had apparently become accustomed. Although the choice of Craig was controversial, numerous actors publicly voiced their support, most notably, four of the five actors who had previously portrayed Bond –called his casting a good decision.
The first film, Casino Royale grossed a total of US$594,239,066 worldwide, which made it the highest-grossing Bond film until the release of Skyfall. After the film was released, Craig’s performance was highly acclaimed. On 7 November 2008, the follow-up film, Quantum of Solace was released, which gathered mixed reviews, which mainly praised Craig’s gritty performance and the film’s action sequences, but feeling that the film was not as impressive as its predecessor Casino Royale. As of November 2012, it is the third-highest-grossing James Bond film, without adjusting for inflation, earning $586 million worldwide. His third bond movie, Skyfall was released on 23 October 2012, and was part of the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dr.No. It was positively received by critics, being praised for its performances—particularly those of Craig, Bardem and Dench—writing and script, cinematography, Mendes’ direction, Thomas Newman’s score, and the action scenes. It was the 14th film to gross over $1 billion worldwide, and the first Bond film to do so. It became the seventh highest grossing film at the time, the highest-grossing film in the series, the highest-grossing film worldwide for both Sony Pictures and MGM. The film won several accolades, including two BAFTA, two Academy Awards and two Grammy.
Craig’s fourth Bond film, Spectre, released on 26 October 2015 and received generally mixed reviews, particularly compared with the previous bond films, nevertheless, it won the Academy Award for the Best Original Score. Spectre grossed over a total of $880 million worldwide, the second largest unadjusted income for the series after predecessor Skyfall. But it seems all these records will stay intact as Daniel Craig has told studio bosses he is ‘done’ playing 007, sources claim.
Craig is the highest-paid actor to play the role, netting a reported total of £38million for the four films he has appeared in. Craig told studio executives at MGM after 2015’s Spectre, which grossed $880 million at the global box office, that he wasn’t coming back.
Daniel who has turned down $99 million from MGM which included endorsements, profit shares and a co-producer credit for Daniel told that he doesn’t care about the money; he just doesn’t want to do more Bond. Craig has been plagued with a knee injury sustained filming a Spectre fight scene.
The source said: ‘With knee problems and general exhaustion, he felt it was a journey with an ending.’