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Report: Sony Really Wants Daniel Craig to Continue Playing James Bond (UPDATED)

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Correction: Though we reported this as a rumor from the beginning, Vanity Fair is now reporting they rumor is not true. Original story follows.

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If rumors are true, Sony Pictures may have backed up the proverbial dump truck of cash to Daniel Craig’s house. According to Radar Online, the company has offered the actor $150 million to play James Bond two more times.

Now, Radar Online isn’t exactly The New York Times, so consider this a rumor. But there are certainly plenty of hints of at least the idea of Sony wanting Craig back to be true.

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Since the release of 2015's Spectre, there hasn’t been any public acknowledgement of the future of the James Bond franchise, although of course we know it’ll continue in some fashion. We’ve heard rumors of actors like Tom Hiddleston potentially taking over the role and we know Sam Mendes, who helmed the last two, won’t be back.

Craig has proven to be a fan-favorite, though, and rumors around Hollywood have been swirling that the reason for the delay isn’t that producers were looking for a new Bond, they have been trying to convince the current one. According to Radar’s source, “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.”

You could certainly ransom a couple of kings with $150 million. But is it enough to get Craig back as Bond?

[Radar via Indiewire]

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DISCUSSION

I’m probably the only one but I can’t wait until the time comes when everyone decides together that the Daniel Craig James Bond movies were overrated.

Casino Royale: Really good, no arguments here.

Quantum of Solace: Most people seemed to agree at the time that this movie was merely “okay” at best.

Skyfall: Highly overrated. Just stupid from start to finish.

Spectre: Most people seem to agree that this movie sucks.

Now I’ll increase my “dickbag” status by stating that I prefer Pierce Bronson to Daniel Craig. You know, back when Bond got lots of cool gadgets and seemed to enjoy his job, instead of being a brooding, wreck of a man, crushed by despair.