JUST days after bookmakers stopped bets on Tom Hiddleston becoming the next James Bond, Daniel Craig has reportedly told studio bosses he is “done” playing 007.
The actor, who has played the secret agent since 2005, has allegedly earned a total of £38million for the four films he has starred in.
However, insiders now say the 48-year-old has turned down a £68million offer from MGM to return for two more films.
An unnamed LA source told the Daily Mail: “Daniel is done – pure and simple – he told top brass at MGM after Spectre.
“They threw huge amounts of money at him, but it just wasn’t what he wanted.”
They continued: “He had told people after shooting that this would be his final outing, but the film company still felt he could come around after Spectre if he was offered a money deal.”
However, another source told the publication that film executives agreed to let the actor leave after they grew tired of his criticism of the franchise.
Last year Daniel told interviewers he would “rather slash my wrists” than appear in another film.
Rumours of Daniel Craig departure
from the franchise come just days after it was reported bookmakers had suspended betting on Tom Hiddleston becoming the next 007.
Liam Glynn, a representative for Irish bookmakers BoyleSports, said in a press release: “Judging by the gamble on Tom Hiddleston we expect that it’s only a matter of days before he is announced as Daniel Craig’s replacement.”
Speculation that the Night Manager star could become the next Bond began after he appeared in the BBC drama.
Earlier this month, the 35-year-old denied he was in talks to play the spy when he appeared on The Graham Norton Show.
He told the host: “I promise, no one’s talked to me about it.”