Footnote: Was Craig committed to Bond 25 all along?

Daniel Craig

Amid this week’s news about Daniel Craig, there’s a footnote. Was he signed to Bond 25 all along? Or not?

In 2007, then-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer CEO Harry Sloan said Daniel Craig was signed for four more James Bond films, according to a Hollywood Reporter account. Sloan made the comment at a conference.

Casino Royale was released the year before. So four more films would take you through Bond 25.

Of course, MGM went bankrupt a few years later. So there’s the possibility any such contract got altered.

Except…

Craig told Rolling Stone  in 2012, “I’ve agreed to do a couple more, but let’s see how this one (Skyfall) does, because business is business and if the shit goes down, I’ve got a contract that somebody will happily wipe their ass with.” (emphasis added)

Two more after Skyfall gets you through Bond 25.

Except…

Michael G. Wilson of Eon Productions SAID IN THIS VIDEO from November 2015 after SPECTRE (Bond 24) that Craig wasn’t under contract although he added he expected the actor to return for Bond 25.

Which, of course, Craig announced this week.

So which (if any) was it? Contracts do get renegotiated. So did it change from one point to another?

At this point, it’s academic. Just another “little thing” (like Lt. Columbo used to say) to chew over.

2 Responses

  1. What they mean is a contract with options (underline last two words): the option can be drawn by either party of the contract under terms and conditions specified in the contract. If a Bond film tanks, if a Bond actor loses an arm or a leg. Or if an actor just isn’t prepared to go the distance any more. Then that is that.

  2. Some topics to consider for the next to post of spy command .

    Who is going to be the director ?

    With the 60th anniversary of Bond coming up in five years who will be the new Bond when that movie opens ?

    That means a British actor between the ages of 29 and 31 right now is the most likely candidate to be the next bond , True or false ?

    Let the fun of speculation begin !!

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