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Daniel Craig, after acting in standout James Bond movies and then deciding to sort of retire from the role, has found himself quite indispensable now! In fact, with replacements proving woefully inadequate for this ‘gentlemanly’ role, the filmmakers have been left with no options but to approach him for the next film, at least that is what they are saying. And, the bucks on offer are just adding up like crazy. The $100 mn sum is old hat, now the amount is rising fast and reaching mind-boggling proportions. Soccer-like bandying of sums is happening, and it is seriously in doubt if even Real Madrid’s Ronaldo, or Barcelona’s Lionel Messi can reach those rarefied heights.
According to the latest reports, Daniel Craig is being offered a sum as high as $150 million to return to the spy film series ‘James Bond’. This has never happened before! In fact, the lead actor in the James Bond series was always ‘replaceable’. It was more about the central character James Bond than the-then actor essaying the role. Yet now we find that the actor is being equated with the legendary fictional spy!
Will the equating of Daniel Craig and James Bond help the series? Unlikely. Quite the opposite in fact. Daniel Craig will have to go at some time or the other, and it should not be that his eventual departure kills the spy we all love to watch.
Ian Fleming’s spectacular creation must survive into the future as he represents what the human spirit is capable of – a real, flesh and blood super-man. In the age of Marvel super-beings like Spider-man, Iron Man, Capt America, Thor and more, here is James Bond who keeps us rivetted to the reality, even if gets a bit far-fetched at times.
According to reports, Sony Pictures has Daniel Craig this humongous sum to act in two more James Bond feature films. According to Radar Online, both the movies will be shot side by side and not take too long, which is a factor that must surely be very alluring for the actor.
Apart from Sony itself, another shot in the arm for efforts to turn Daniel Craig into an icon and keeping him in the series is by producer Barbara Broccoli. She has said that she would like Craig to continue working for the franchise for as long as possible.
Such kind of attachment would have been shocking just 10-15 years ago. From Sean Connery, Roger Moore to Pierce Brosnan, all of them were moved out as and when there was a need felt for the same. There were others like Timothy Dalton or even George Lazenby who were clearly unsuitable and they were peremptorily removed. And that policy worked very well. In fact due to that policy only did Daniel Craig find himself in this special role. Surely, in the future a better man would have been found.
The search for Daniel Craig replacement led to various names being thrown up including Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Aidan Turner. If these gentlemen were not good enough, surely the search could have continued or one of them could be tried and thereafter replaced if things did not work out.