Daniel Craig is reportedly being paid $25million (£18million) to reprise the role of James Bond.
The British actor – who previously revealed he would ‘rather slash his wrists than return to the popular spy franchise’ – has been lured back into the role with the massive paycheck, according to Variety.
The star, 50, will mark his fifth appearance as Bond when the as-yet-untitled 25th Bond film hits movie screens on November 8, 2019.
His return to the role comes as a shock as he recently vowed to never do another James Bond movie again.
In 2015 he told Time Out magazine: ‘I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists… We’re done. All I want to do is move on.’
Asked if he meant for good, he told the magazine: ‘For at least a year or two… If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.’
Following the new flick next year, Daniel will have played Bond five times, although he is still behind Sir Sean Connery’s six appearances and Sir Roger Moore’s seven films.
He has confirmed that Bond 25 will be his last outing as the dashing Secret Secret agent.
The star kicked off his Bond career in 2006’s Casino Royale, before appearing in Quantum of Solace in 2008. In 2012 he appeared in his third Bond movie Skyfall.
Craig’s 2019 film will also mean he is the second oldest Bond actor at 51, again after Sir Roger Moore who appeared in A View To A Kill in 1985 aged 57.
He enjoyed enormous success in the years following his first appearance as Bond in Casino Royale.
The star was paid $17million (£13million) for 2012 smash Skyfall, making him the highest-paid Bond actor ever, while the film was the first Bond movie to break the one billion dollar mark.
Source – Daily Mail