Monday, April 22, 2024

Windfall! Daniel Craig Back as James Bond, He Won’t Be Slashing His Wrists After All


Last year, after making “Spectre,” Daniel Craig told an interviewer he’d rather “slash his wrists” than play James Bond again.

Well, now he says “I’ve got the best job in the world.”

Daniel Craig is back as James Bond, 007. He obviously made his deal with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson. It’s probably for two movies.

This is always Craig’s way of negotiating. (Well, it’s a lot of people’s.)

Such carrying on! He also told Time Out London that “I don’t care who plays James Bond next.”

There was a rumor earlier this year that Craig would get $75 million per film, or $150 million. Well, that’s ridiculous. But he could get $25 million or more based on total gross including box office and ancillary rights.

“Spectre” did a lot less well than “Skyfall,” its predecessor– like $200 million less internationally and $100 million less US domestic. So if they have a windfall with another “Skyfall,” Craig could reap the benefits. But if a “Spectre” hangs over these movies, he would make less.

Anyway, so much fun to see the press take the bait, splash the headlines, then follow up with “Never mind.” I like Daniel Craig, but let’s be real– this is his income. Other movies, plays etc do not provide this kind of remuneration.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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