Daniel Craig reportedly turns down £68m; new James Bond needed with actor moving on

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The James Bond actor has reportedly had enough of the role and will not be returning for the next film in the franchise.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Daniel Craig has turned down a £68million two-film deal to continue his role as James Bond.

The newspaper cites an unnamed source for their information so it is worth being wary about the report. However, with ongoing suggestions that Tom Hiddlestone could step into Craig’s shoes it would be no great surprise if there was a revamp in time for the follow up to Spectre.

Considering Craig is alleged to have pocketed £38million for the previous four films in the series, a jump to £68million for two would be an offer few could refuse, and it is telling if he really has turned down such a huge wage packet in order to pursue other projects.

Craig has earned plaudits across the globe for his portrayal of the secret agent and his films have all been huge box office successes.

But if it is time for a change, expect the smart money to be on The Night Manager star Hiddlestone, although some will feel that is too obvious a choice, with Idris Elba the perfect candidate if the Bond producers want to shake things up and head in a new direction.