RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that Sony is offering James Bond star Daniel Craig a whopping $150 million to reprise his role as 007 for two more of the popular franchise’s films.
“The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor,” a source told Radar.
Up to seven different red hot stars are rumored to be in the running for the prestigious and iconic role, including Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender and Taylor Swift’s Brit boyfriend, Tom Hiddleston.
As for the current man portraying the classic character? Craig, 48, “has played a genius hand,” said the source. “Everyone knows how much executives adore him, and the idea of losing him at such a crucial time in the franchise isn’t an option as far as all the studio honchos are concerned.”
“Daniel’s the key for a seamless, safe transition as far as Sony and Bond bosses are concerned, and they’re prepared to pay a king’s ransom to make it happen.”
And time is of the essence.
According to the source, Sony should be announcing any day that the studio is re-upping the distribution rights for the Bond series, meaning billions of dollars in revenue.
“Then they will shoot two more films, which will be made virtually back-to-back, preferably featuring Daniel as 007 before he passes the figurative baton to someone else for a third movie that will mark the start of the new era,” said the source.