There's plenty of memorable James Bond quotes we love, but there's one we've heard a lot of late: "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists," Daniel Craig told Time Out last year when he was asked if he could imagine doing another James Bond movie.
While this could have been a way for the British actor to push the studio to increase its offer for upcoming Bond movies, the Daily Mail seems to confirm that his intention to hang up the keys to the Aston Martin for good was genuine. According to a mysterious source, Craig has definitively refused MGM's offer for two additional Bond movies.
'Daniel Is Done — Pure And Simple'
"Daniel is done - pure and simple - he told top brass at MGM after Spectre."
The Mail's source revealed that no matter how high an offer MGM could make, Craig was walking away from the spy movies:
"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."
The offer reportedly reached nearly $100 million for two movies, a head-spinning amount when you consider Craig's been paid around $55 million for the four Bond movies he's starred in, which already made him the highest-paid 007 actor to date.
Still, it wasn't enough to get him to come back into the fold, probably because of the extreme physical effort required to film this kind of movie — Craig suffered a knee injury that required surgery while making Spectre. Add to that the actor's disdain for the character, and you've got enough reasons for him to leave the role behind.
Back in 2015, he told the Red Bulletin that Bond was someone who looked out for people, just not women:
"Let’s not forget that he’s actually a misogynist. A lot of women are drawn to him chiefly because he embodies a certain kind of danger and never sticks around for too long."
Could Tom Hiddleston Be The Next James Bond?
Even if his departure could have gone more smoothly, four movies is a decent run for the 48-year-old actor. Rumors about his replacement are currently centering around Tom Hiddleston, the 35-year-old British actor best known for his role as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Hiddleston admitted he hadn't been contacted for the iconic role — yet.
"I play a British spy in 'The Night Manager' so people I think have made the link. ... I mean, as somebody who grew up with Sean Connery and Roger Moore, when you mention it there's a part of me that goes, 'Really? Are you kidding?'"
Other popular contenders include Tom Hardy and Idris Elba, but we'll have to wait first for the studio to make an official announcement about the end of the Craig-Bond era.